Grant writing is an excellent skill to learn. There are thousands of organizations looking for a skilled grant writer to help them achieve their goals. It can easily be performed part-time as well as full-time. It is an excellent supplement to income for college students, semi-retirement, or as a second job. There are no special licenses or requirements to being a grant writer. Anyone can say they are a grant writer.

When the writing services moves from a hobby to a business, there will be more competition in securing clients. Those who choose to be more than a grant writing hobbyist needs to be as competitive as possible as in the business world.

One of the most important competitive items for professional grant writers is to earn the Certified Grant Writer® (CGW®) credential. Certification serves as both a credibility benchmark and industrial standard.

Earning the CGW® credential independently validates the writer’s level of knowledge, skill, and understanding of professional and ethical practices. Grant writers who have earned the CGW® credential use this as a well-known referral. Potential clients can independently vet the grant writer through the credentialing organization.

Certification leads to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs. In today’s increasingly complex and highly specialized economy, credentials are very important. You know you have the skills and experience to do the job, but how do you convince potential customers you do? What independent unbiased standard can verify your ability?

Seeking professional certification is a common practice for people in all types of industries worldwide. Many occupations, such as Auto Mechanic, Computer Repair, or Tax Preparation, all have experience and education in their field. For these and many other professionals credentialing is important. Would you rather have your car repaired by an auto mechanic or one that is certified to work on your specific kind of car?

Certification is the formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform ethical and responsible research, writing, and consulting by passing an independent, unbiased certification exams based on professional standards.

Attaining the Certified Grant Writer® credential promotes professionalism, validating competence, demonstrating dedication to quality standards, and raising marketability above the masses.

Certification is an inexpensive way to make you stand out to clients and businesses, especially when it is not required. The CGW® credential indicates to clients a willingness to attain training above and beyond those who have learned just as on the job as they go.