I have spoken with individuals who work for nonprofit organizations in Washington DC, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the National Grant Writers Association, the Deans of Graduate Services at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCLA Extension, as well as a representative from The Foundation Center. I was advised that programs do exist which provide certification as a grant writer. I was even told that [at present] there are 356 Certified Grant Writers [according to the Stewardship Center] in the U.S. I was given this information -- I did not create it. I have been advised by at least a half a dozen respected professionals that certification DOES exist for grant writers.
I beg to differ with you BUT -- just as there are a number of different professional grant writing associations, there are also several different programs which will provide certification as a grant writer. Perhaps you are not aware of every certification program that is currently available. A similiar program is in place for certification of project managers which is also available through several sources. I know this because I became a Certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute.
In regard to the value of becoming certified in any field, certification sets a standard, it adds to your credibility in the same way that a college degree does. In a competitive job market, hiring managers view advanced certifications in a favorable manner. My goal is to enhance my knowledge. I have taken classes in grant writing, read numerous books on grant writing, and have written several successful grants. I hold several college degrees, Microsoft computer certification [MCSE] and PMI Certification. Through my own research, I have found several grant writing associations that do offer professional certification in grant writing.
It is Christmas Eve and I do not wish to continue with this negative thread any further. The majority of the responses that I received to my posting were not very positive, the tone of some were almost sarcastic and overly critical, and many of which I found rather offputting. In retrospect, I sincerely apologize for posting in this forum.
Thank you all for your time and attention.
Have a lovely holiday and a prosperous new year. Peace be with you.