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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 visit the Summit website to read the presenter abstracts.

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 www.invest-in.org for more information.

2017 Value Summit – The SAVE International 2017 Value Summit will be held August 27-30, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Visit www.valuesummit2017.org for more information.



Certification Program

Certification Program Frequently Asked Questions (Updated Version Coming Soon)
Certification and Recertification Manual (Updated Version Coming Soon)
Certification Examination Study Guide (Updated Version Coming Soon)
Online Certification Application
Pay Certification Maintenance Fees
Seminars and Workshops
Approved Module I & II Instructors
Workshop Instructor Applications Form
Workshop Manual
Module I Workshop Student Feedback Form
AVS Recertification Policy
AVS Certification Exam Request Form

Certification Board Administration
SAVE International 
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061 USA 
T (856) 423-3215
cao@value-eng.org
Certification Board Executive Director
Joseph Sapp, CAE
Executive Director
SAVE International
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061 USA
T (856) 423-3215
info@value-eng.org

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 cao@value-eng.org.

AVS Recertification Policy

In June 2012, the SAVE International® Certification Board approved a new policy requiring recertification for maintenance of the Associate Value Specialist (AVS) certification. The change in policy and practice becomes effective as of November 1, 2012, the beginning of the association’s fiscal year.

The rationale for requiring recertification at the AVS level is simple: to make the AVS certification meaningful and to encourage the continuing development of skills and learning among certified professionals.

Requirements for initial AVS certification remain unchanged. All Associate Value Specialist (AVS) certificates are subject to recertification requirements four years from the date of issuance. SAVE accepts recertification applications up to 12 months past the certification expiration date; however, the association will not accept recertification applications submitted after that grace period.

AVS Recertification requirements
Candidates for AVS recertification must acquire a total minimum 28 certification points (CPs). The point spread is flexible with minimum CP requirements of 9.6 in Practice VM, 2.8 in Learn VM, and 4.0 in Share VM.

  • Practice VM points can be earned through participation as a team member on value studies, with a minimum of four value studies and 96 contact hours required.
  • Learn VM points can be earned through participation in value engineering related courses and taking the Module II seminar.
  • Share VM points involve publishing articles on value engineering in a refereed publication such as Value World, giving presentations (mentored by a CVS), VM society membership, and service as chapter officer, board member, or committee member for the society.

Recertification Schedule
All AVS holders must recertify 4 years after initial exam. 

Exams must be retaken for certificant holders whose maintenance fees lapse and/or those whose certification date is 2011 prior.

Certified Recertify
2015 and Beyond 2019 Transfer to VMA or Apply for CVS
2014 2018 Transfer to VMA or Apply for CVS
2013 2017 Transfer to VMA or Apply for CVS
2012 2016 Transfer to VMA or Apply for CVS
2011 and Prior Retake Exam



"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.