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CNAP Essentials: Online (May 13 - Jun 24, 2021)

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Become a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.

Improve your knowledge. Advance your cause.

A nationally-recognized CNAP designation certifies the expertise and commitment of nonprofit financial managers and accounting professionals. Handling your finances as efficiently as possible is one of the best ways to help your organization maximize its impact on the world. The program teaches best practices on critical skills and topics specific to nonprofit organizations. And attendees will be able to immediately apply their new knowledge to benefit their organizations right away. Topics covered include:

  • Financial reporting
  • Internal controls
  • Budget development
  • Governance
  • Form 990

Click here to see the full curriculum.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course; however, in order to receive the CNAP certification, participants must have a minimum of 18 months of experience in a fiscal management capacity at a nonprofit organization. Participants without the requisite experience can still take the course and submit proof of their work experience once they have completed the requirement.

Advanced preparation: None.

Schedule: This course runs once a week from 2-4pm Eastern Time for 7 weeks.

The course fee includes 7 online sessions (7 weekly two-hour sessions), all course materials, certification exam and certification fee.

CPE CREDIT: For professionals completing CNAP online, BDO FMA is authorized to offer 16 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Attendees must attend all online webinar sessions to receive the credit.

National Registry of CPE Sponsors
NY State Sponsor ID#002514 National Registry of CPE Sponsors ID#109349
BDO FMA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Event Cancellation Policy

Event Cancellation by  BDO FMA
BDO FMA reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If BDO FMA cancels an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to a different date. .

Event Cancellation by Participant
BDO FMA will offer registrants a full refund less a 3% processing fee for requests made in writing no later than three days before the event. Requests made later than three days prior to the training will receive a refund of 50%. Registrants can also request to transfer to another class at no extra cost. 

CNAP, Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional, is a copyright-protected national program developed by members of the Nonprofit CPAs Alliance a division of The Rainmaker Alliance.

Here is the course outline:


In this course you will learn concepts and best practices to develop a sound fiscal management infrastructure for your nonprofit organization.

Session 1

May 13

The nature of nonprofit organizations and the roles and responsibilities of governance entities

Session 2

May 20

Understand nonprofit GAAP and financial statements

Session 3

May 27

Budgeting and contracts

Session 4

Jun 3

Allocating costs

Session 5

Jun 10

Effective fiscal systems, internal controls and audits

Session 6

Jun 17

IRS disclosure requirements and the basics of IRS Form 990

Session 7

Jun 24

Wrap up and review

CNAP Certification

Jun 24

Pass the CNAP certification exam, and submit your course feedback and 18-month employment verification letter to receive your CNAP Certificate of Completion.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

CNAP Essentials Certificate of Completion
CNAP Completion Letter
CNAP Essentials Exam Pass Documentation
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