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About CGMS

The Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) was developed by NGMA to provide an industry credential elevating professional standards, enhancing individual performance, and designating professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of grants management. Having the CGMS credential confers formal recognition of professional competency in the full lifecycle of grants management.

 

NGMA membership is not a requirement to sit for and take the CGMS Exam.  Although the exam is administered by NGMA, the CGMS stands on its own.

Are You Prepared?

The CGMS credential indicates that you have the required knowledge of all of the requirements of federal grants…as well as keeping up with continuing professional education!

The credential indicates that you are literally up to speed with the latest and greatest as an expert in your field.
State and federal agencies are considering requiring grantees to employee at least one staff member with a grant credential or certification. This means that earning the CGMS credential could establish job security and increased compensation. That’s a win!

Over 200 people have acquired the CGMS designation. Make sure you are one of them and stand out among other grant professionals!

Why Become Certified?
How to Earn Your Credential?

Eligibility Requirements
Study and Prepare for the Exam
Take the Practice Test
Take the Exam
Adhere to the Ethics
Earn Continuing Education
What if I Need to Retake the Exam?
I Passed, Now What?


Current CGMS Credential Holders

My CGMS
CGMS FAQ


 

 Get On the Path to Becoming A CGMS Holder Today!

Choose One of the Selections Below to Get Started!

        

Certification Pricing

 


Practice Test:

Practice Test
(40 questions)

$50 non-members, FREE to members
 
CGMS Exam Fee:
(includes non-refundable $75 application fee)

$500 CGMS Exam Fee for NGMA members
$600 CGMS Exam Fee for non-members


CGMS Retesting Fee:

(for those who do not pass the exam on the first try and wish to retest after a 90 day waiting period)
$175 CGMS Exam Retake Fee for NGMA members
$250 CGMS Exam Retake Fee for non-members
 
CGMS Renewal Fee:
$175 CGMS Renewal/Recertification Fee
(upon 3-year renewal) for NGMA members

$250 CGMS Renewal/Recertification Fee
(upon 3-year renewal) for non-members

 

 

  CGMS Resources  
Candidate Handbook   CPE Tracking Form
Frequently Asked Questions   Code of Ethics

 


“During previous NGMA conferences, grant professionals spoke highly about the opportunity, which inspired me to grow in my profession and obtain the certification when the new exam became available…. It is my hope that having knowledge of the federal regulations will allow me to be a better resource for the grants department and the district as a whole.” (Pasadena ISD’s Stewart earns prestigious grant certification)

- Rikitra Stewart, CGMS