Promoting Excellence and Trust in the Nonprofit Sector

Become A Licensed Consultant


For sixteen years, the Standards for Excellence Institute has continued to build a national network of qualified consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. The Licensed Consultant Training is an exclusive professional development initiative that gives independent consultants the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about, conducting self assessments, implementing change, and becoming accredited in the Standards for Excellence program.


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The applications for the 2021 Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Training are currently closed. If you would like to notified when the application becomes available for the 2022 program, click here.

Special additional benefit for Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants:

The Standards for Excellence Institute is pleased to announce a special partnership with, a national network of nonprofit consultants, coaches, and other experts. is working to find more of the right work through connections to nonprofit leaders, collaborations between experts, and access to monthly webinars and other professional development activities. Find out more by clicking here. Licensed Consultants receive 20% off their initial membership fee of $100. The discount code is found in the Licensed Consultant member portal.

What Licensed Consultants are Saying

I chose to seek out a route I could take to assist [nonprofit] organizations in becoming the very best they could be, and helping them to provide quality services. This led me to the Standards for Excellence Institute where I received guidance and support in becoming a Licensed Consultant.
Standards for Excellence Institute leadership has taken decades of research and practice around nonprofit governance, management, and operations and makes it available for consultants to use in their work. I am thrilled to have these guiding principles and tools to use in my consulting practice.
Recently I delivered a strategic planning session for a board of directors that was seeking new direction, accountability, transparency and effectiveness after a few difficult years. As their Licensed Consultant, one of my recommendations was to use the Standards for Excellence® as a guidepost for best practices from a neutral and trusted source. Each board member received a copy of the code at the retreat and I was pleased to hear that they ordered more for the rest of the organization. While some of a strategic planning session involves visioning and ‘dreaming big,’ it also to be grounded in reality. The Standards for Excellence® provide that grounding and compass and was a perfect fit for the organization.

Benefits of Becoming a Consultant

  • License to provide Standards for Excellence consultation to organizations interested in incorporating the Standards for Excellence and/or applying for accreditation.
  • Access to custom training tools for all Standards for Excellence signature programs including PowerPoint slides, curricula notes, and resource handouts.
  • Listing on the Standards for Excellence Institute’s website, promoting your status as a National Licensed Consultant in all facets of Standards for Excellence code.
  • All the benefits of membership in the Standards for Excellence Institute.
  • Three full sets of the Standards for Excellence Educational Resource Packets, and 20 Standards for Excellence codebooks to utilize in your practice.
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  • Nonprofit professionals must submit an application and be accepted into the Licensed Consultant Training workshop (fees apply).
  • Applicants accepted into the program must participate in a three-day seminar that covers topics such as the importance of self-regulation for the nonprofit sector, the specific content contained within the 67 guidelines of the Standards for Excellence code, and skills development to support program utilization in your practice.
  • Two years after licensure is granted, Licensed Consultants must maintain an active status by paying an annual licensing fee.
  • Active Licensed Consultants must commit to program reporting and evaluation requirements, and abide by all copyright, intellectual property, and derivative work restrictions of the Standards for Excellence Institute.