If you conduct research on the web you will find the same national associations that I have. Actually, I am familiar with "grantexperts.com" and I was not impressed with their website or their credentials. They are really just trying to sell you their grantwriting services -- they certainly don't seem to be in the business of advanced education in the field of grantwriting.
I have not only conducted web research, read numerous books, spoken to industry professionals in my area but have also spoken to the Dean of my University's department to obtain additional information about becoming a Certified Grant Writer. You do not have to agree with me but, I believe that there is great value is establishing a certification process for grant writers especially since there are technical and legal implications which must also be considered.
You are correct, it takes trial and error to write successful grants. I have written dozens and dozens of technical project proposals and have over fifteen years experience in the field of project management. For the record, I am a certified project manager. However, if you think that all is involved is showing up to class and passing a test to become a Certified Grant Writer, you are sorely mistaken. The workshop I plan to attend is intensive and includes a comprehensive test which you must pass in order to become a Certified Grant Writer. I do not understand how you can find fault in that.
Certification is a valid component of standardizing and insuring that the individual you hire is duly qualified to be successful in their given profession. Almost every other profession has similiar certifications, so why do you object to certification for grant writers?
I assume that you realize that proposals are only the first step in applying for grant funds and every organization has their own procedures and forms. I have been responsible for grant research, grant inquiries, grant proposals and grant applications -- which are all very different things. The proposal is just ONE step in the grant funding process. I have been awarded funds from every grant that I have applied for including over $50,000 in grant funds for various nonprofit projects and I have been writing grants for a relatively short period of time. I have taken university courses, done extensive reading but would like to expand my knowledge and will become a Certified Grant Writer. Anyone can conduct the same research that I did to learn of these programs and broaden their own horizons. Perhaps I might be more apt to share the information that I had learned if the tone of your response was not so hostile.
I don't know you so I cannot understand how you could possible be insulted by something I wrote which was not even directed towards you. Further, is there some sort of a requirement to write personal responses to each posting you receive? My goal was to be courteous by thanking individuals for their responses.
Unfortunately, no one was able to provide me with any more information than I was able to find on my own. Everyone has the opportunity to chose a different path to obtain their goals. Perhaps you should be less critical of other people's methods and aspirations. Learning is a lifelong process.