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Click here to read more about the new changes to the SAVE International Certification Program!

SAVE/VAC 2016 Value Summit – Thank you to everyone that attended the 2016 Value Summit held June 5-7, 2016 in Niagara Falls and made it a success! Click here to view pictures from the event or check out the video “The Power of VE”!

49th SJVE Conference – The 2016 SJVE Conference will be held October 25-26, 2016 in Arcadia Ichigaya, Tokyo, Japan. View the Call for Technical Presentations (proposals due by July 15, 2016) or visit for more information.

5th Asian Value Engineering Conference – INVEST organizes the 5th Asian Value Engineering conference being held November 28-29, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Click here to view the conference brochure or visit for more information.

The 2017 German International Conference will be held May 9-12, 2017 in St. Georgen. The conference will be hosted by EBM Papst, and include 1 day of pre-conference workshop, 2 days of conference and 1 day of company visits. More information will be available soon!

2017 Value Summit – The SAVE International 2017 Value Summit will be held August 27-30, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Visit for more information.

Certification Program

Click here to read more about the new changes to the SAVE International Certification Program!
Certification Program Frequently Asked Questions
(Updated Version Coming Soon)
Certification and Recertification Manual
(Updated Version Coming Soon)
Certification Examination Study Guide
Online Certification Application
Seminars and Workshops
Approved Module I & II Instructors
Workshop Instructor Applications Form
Workshop Manual
Module I Workshop Student Feedback Form
VMA Certification Exam Request Form

Certification Administration Office
SAVE International 
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061 USA 
T (856) 423-3215
Certification Board Executive Director
Joseph Sapp, CAE
Executive Director
SAVE International
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061 USA
T (856) 423-3215

What is the Certification Program?

SAVE International’s certification program is the industry standard for recognizing competence in the practice of the Value Methodology. SAVE offers two levels of certification:

  • The highest level is the Certified Value Specialist® (CVS), which is recognition of the individual who has met all certification requirements, both technical and experience, and whose principal career is value engineering.

  • The Value Methodology Associate (VMA) recognizes those individuals who decided to become professional value engineers, but who have not yet acquired all the experience or technical skills expected of a CVS.

Per the Certification Board’s decision at their June 2015 meeting, SAVE has ceased issuance of all new CVS-Life and Value Methodology Practitioner (VMP) certification designations.

In addition, as of June 2016, SAVE has discontinued issuance of the Associate Value Specialist (AVS) certification. AVS certificate holders, upon the occasion of their recertification, are offered the opportunity to accept the new entry level designation, Value Methodology Associate (VMA). Those who do not wish to accept the new designation should prepare to apply for CVS certification.

Value Methodology Associate (VMA)

The SAVE International Certification Board is pleased to announce the new entry-level certification to be offered – the Value Methodology Associate (VMA).

As of June 3, 2016 the Associate Value Specialist (AVS) will no longer be offered as the entry-level certification. At this time, the VMA exam is the same as the previous AVS exam and any applicants’ exam received after June 4, 2016 will receive the new VMA certification (if they pass).

The new VMA certification will not require recertification; it will require an annual fee of $50 for SAVE members or $200 for non-members, in addition to a continuing education requirement of 8 hours bi-annually (starting in June 2017). The continuing education requirement represents the beginning of a new focus on continuous education for all SAVE International certifications.

VMA certification requires the following from each candidate:

  • Certification application
  • Payment of the appropriate application fee
  • Copy of their Module I certificate of completion
  • Completed certification exam

If the candidate fails one or both portions of the exam for VMA certification, then SAVE International allows that person to retest up to two times within 12 months of the original exam date without penalty.

Who Administers the Program?

The Certification Program is administered by Certified Value Specialists (CVS) appointed by the SAVE International Board of Directors for two-year terms. All attempts are made to have the Board represent a cross section of the Society and applications, including industry, government and construction and members from both internal programs and consultants.

It must be emphasized that the certification program is designed for those utilizing the value disciplines in their principal career. It is not an honors program. The Society has a separate program to honor deserving individuals and organizations. Certification must be earned by completing all criteria and requirements, is for individual recognition, and may not be transferred or used to imply that an organization or association is certified.

The SAVE Certification Board also maintains a cooperative certification program with the Japanese Society of Value Engineering, the Society of Korean Value Engineering, the Indian Value Engineering Society, the Value Management Institute of Taiwan, and the Society of Hungarian Value Analysts whereby they meet all SAVE requirements as a minimum but also adapt the overall requirements for their own culture.

Where Do I Learn Value Management?

The best and most convenient way to learn the techniques of value management, their application and their management is as a member of SAVE.

Your SAVE membership gives you opportunities for career growth, professional development, information, contacts, new ideas, involvement and recognition. All this lays the foundation for your greater career success!

If you have additional questions about the certification program, please contact the Certification Administration Office at

"Associate Value Specialist", "AVS', "Value Methodology Practitioner", and "VMP" are certification marks of SAVE International®. Certified Value Specialist® and CVS® are registered trademarks of SAVE International®. These marks may only be by individuals who have successfully completed the requirements of SAVE's certification program and who maintain active certification.