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Certification Program

Certification Program Frequently Asked Questions
Certification and Recertification Manual
Certification Examination Study Guide (PDF)
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
Melissa Baldwin, CAE 
Program Manager 
SAVE International 
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 00861 
T (856) 423-3215
cao@value-eng.org
Certification Board Executive Director
Laurie M. Dennis, PE, CVS-Life
Vice President
RH & Associates, Inc.
6810 37th Street Court West
University Place, WA 98466 USA
T (206) 200-9798
Email: lmdennis@earthlink.net

What is the Certification Program?

The Certification Program is composed of two major elements: individual professional certification and educational program approval.

The highest level is the Certified Value Specialist®, which is recognition of the individual who has met all certification requirements, both technical and experience, and whose principal career is value engineering. Per the decision of the Certification Board at their 2015 summer meeting, SAVE has ceased issuance of all “CVS-Life” designations to comply with ANSI accreditation standards.

The Associate Value Specialist (AVS) program 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. Currently, all AVS certifications are subject to recertification four years from the date of issuance. Beginning April 30, 2016, SAVE will discontinue issuance of the AVS certification. AVS certificate holders, upon the occasion of their recertification, will be offered the opportunity to accept the new entry level designation, Value Methodology Associate. Those who do not wish to accept the new designation should prepare to apply for certification at the CVS level.

Per the Certification Board’s decision in June 2015, SAVE has ceased issuance of the Value Methodology Practitioner (VMP) program, which was established to recognize those individuals who acquired the basic skills of value engineering/analysis but their principal career is not value engineering.

Membership in SAVE is not a requirement for individual certification or for educational program approval. However, SAVE does require four (4) years continuous membership immediately prior to recertification in order to claim the discounted member rate for recertification application fees.

Certification application fees are as follows:

Application Type

Member Rate Non-member Rate

AVS Initial $120.00 $600.00
AVS Recertification $240.00 $720.00
CVS Initial & Recertification $360.00 $960.00
Module I & II Courses $500 $1,500

Payment of fees does not guarantee acceptance of a certification or recertification application. Initial application fees, recertification application fees, and maintenance fees paid to SAVE are not refundable.

Who Administers the Program?

The Certification Program is administered by Certified Value Specialists appointed by the SAVE 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 and 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!

The Certification Board currently issues a Certification Manual and a Seminar/Workshop Manual, which describe these programs and requirements in detail and include application forms. The board also issues a Study Guide to assist applicants in preparing for the examinations.

A master record of the current status of all Certified Value Specialists and courses is maintained by the Certification Administrator. If you have additional questions, or wish more information about certifications, certification status or courses, or copies of the manuals or guide please contact the Certification Board Administrator.

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.