Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS)




“I’ve been a long-time member of NGMA and was in the first class that obtained our National Credentials. It has been one of the most valuable investments I’ve made and I’ve encouraged people all over the country to take the exam and pursue their Credential.”

-Lisa Nine, CGMS

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 the requirements of federal grants…as well as keeping up with continuing professional education! Over 200 people have earned the CGMS credential. Make sure you are one of them and stand out among other grant professionals!

Why Become Certified?
How to Earn Your Credential?

Current CGMS Credential Holders

Visit our Candidate Management System HERE
to apply for the Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) Exam
and receive a one-time access to the CGMS Practice Test free with your purchase.


Certification Pricing


Practice Test:

Practice Test
(40 questions)

FREE one-time use with
purchase of CGMS Exam

CGMS Exam Fee:
(includes non-refundable $75 application fee)

$500 CGMS Exam Fee for NGMA members
$674 CGMS Exam Fee for non-members
(includes optional complimentary
1-year NGMA membership)

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 Recertification Fee:
$299 CGMS Recertification Fee
(3-year renewal) for NGMA members

$473 CGMS Recertification Fee
(includes optional complimentary
1-year NGMA membership)

(3-year renewal) for non-members



  CGMS Resources  
Candidate Handbook   Code of Ethics
Frequently Asked Questions    


“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 Cephus, CGMS