About the CREDENTIALING program

Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Credentialing Program provides civic and community engagement professionals with opportunities to earn formal recognition for the knowledge and skills they develop throughout their careers. It provides a framework for community engagement professionals to grow and achieve in the field in ways that encourage effective, inclusive, and equity-based partnerships and practices. By encouraging practitioners to reflect on and deepen their knowledge, skills, and critical commitments, we will strengthen our network of campus and community leaders in ways that yield better results for students, institutions, and communities.

Through the credentialing program, individual community engagement professionals may apply for and earn credentials that recognize their competency in specific areas of community engagement. While each credential earned in a core competency area is considered an independent certification, CEPs may combine earned credentials to seek recognition as a fully-certified Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional.

Who should participate?

individuals considering careers in the field

Are you a graduate who has been active in community-based work?
A community leader who supports college student learning and partnerships? This could be the pathway for you.

Young Professionals

Are you looking for ways to deepen your skill set and expand your network? Did you just complete a year of national service? Build your resume and take the next step in professional growth.

Established engagement professionals, faculty, and scholar practitioners

Have you built a career in community-based teaching, research, and partnership development? Earn this formal recognition for your years of experience and depth of knowledge. It may be easier than you think.


How do I get started?

Becoming a Campus Compact-certified Community Engagement Professional requires demonstrating high proficiency in a variety of key competency areas. This is accomplished by earning credentials—digital certificates that recognize knowledge, skills, experience, and critical commitments in a single competency area. Start your work on your CEP certification today by earning your first credential.

Earn a credential

Ultimately, the Community Engagement Credential Program will include 15 core credential areas that will become available for application on a rolling basis. Practitioners who earn six credentials (the three essential core credentials and three elective credentials) will be eligible to apply for Campus Compact’s full certification as a Community Engagement Professional.  Learn more about the requirements for full certification.


Campus Compact encourages all potential applicants to read this entire CEP Credentialing Program Handbook. The purpose of the Handbook is to provide important information about the policies and procedures for earning certification.



Credentialing Program Board Members

Operations Advisory Board

  • Mark Gearan Director of the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Dwight Giles Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • James Lux Counsel, WilmerHale, Boston, MA
  • Yolanda Watson Spiva President and CEO, Strategic Consulting Solutions, Inc.
  • Byron White Vice President, KnowledgeWorks and Executive Director, Strive Partnership

Content Advisory Board

  • Lina Dostilio Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Practice, University of Pittsburgh
  • Azuri Gonzalez Director, Center for Community Engagement, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Joseph Krupczynsky Director, Civic Engagement & Service-Learning, UMass Amherst
  • Bobbie Laur Associate Vice President for Outreach, Towson University and Executive Director,Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
  • Chris Nayve Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives, University of San Diego
  • Howard Rosing Executive Director, Irwin W. Steans Center, DePaul University
  • Laurie Worrall Executive Director, Campus Compact of New York and Pennsylvania