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Certified Value Specialist (CVS) Certification
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Certified Value Specialist (CVS) is the highest level of certification attainable through the SAVE International Certification Program. This designation is reserved for value specialists who have demonstrated expert level experience and knowledge in the practice of the Value Methodology.


Becoming Certified

To achieve CVS certification, individuals must:

  • Select an advisor who is a CVS in good standing
  • Complete an approved Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course [VMF 1 is a 32-hour course that teaches the basics of the Value Methodology.]
  • Pass the VMA exam
  • Complete an approved Value Methodology Fundamentals 2 (VMF 2) course [VMF 2 is a 32-hour advanced course that exposes individuals to expanded value topics and greater in-depth instruction in function analysis, facilitation, pre-workshop preparation and post-workshop activities. The VMF 2 course may not be taken until the candidate participates in a minimum of two value studies (minimum of 24 hours each) following the completion of the VMF 1 course.]
  • Obtain the required certification points (CPs)
  • Submit a CVS Application Package
  • Receive approval of the application from the SAVE Certification Board
  • Pass the CVS exam

Please refer to the SAVE Certification Program Manual for more details and information.



To apply for CVS certification, please click here.



  SAVE Members  Non-Members   Government Employees *

CVS Application/Exam Fee 

$360  $960   $360

CVS Maintenance Fee (paid every 2 years)

$180  $550   $180


* Government Employees: the CVS certification fees are set at the SAVE member rate for government employees working in the management of an active value program for their agency. A government employee does not have to be a SAVE member to receive this discounted fee; however, they are encouraged to become SAVE members when seeking their CVS certification.

If you are not a SAVE member and would like to join, please click here.


Core Competency Education and Testing

The Core Competency Education and Testing document lays out the competencies and testing parameters for the VMA and CVS.

Objectives for VMA and CVS assume that the VMA exam and CVS exam are now separate tests, where a CVS candidate has previously passed the VMA exam. CVS candidates must receive approval to take the CVS exam and be currently certified as a VMA. The Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course covers all information required to pass the VMA exam, and the Value Methodology Fundamentals 2 (VMF 2) course covers additional information required to pass the CVS exam.


CVS Certification Maintenance

CVS certification must be maintained every two (2) years and maintenance fees must be paid to retain active status. A minimum of 40 PDUs in continuing education (minimum of 28 PDUs) and value society service and VM promotion (maximum 12 PDUs) must be earned within each two (2) year maintenance period. Early maintenance (more than 60 days before the certification expiration date) is not allowed.

Click here to complete your CVS certification maintenance.

Please refer to the SAVE Certification Program Manual for more details and information.


CVS-Life Designation

CVS-Life was a designation granted by the SAVE Certification Board, upon request, when a CVS had recertified three times. The SAVE Certification Board ceased issuing the CVS-Life designation as of June 6, 2015. Only those individuals who were granted the CVS-Life designation prior to June 2015 may continue to use it.

CVS-Life’s are not required to pay maintenance fees or acquire continuing education credits. However, the SAVE Certification Board does hope and encourage all CVS-Life’s to actively mentor individuals and help them achieve their certification goals.


Note: The SAVE International Certification Program Manual and its future revisions may update the certification information contained on the SAVE International website, and shall be the authoritative document over all matters concerning SAVE certification, superseding the website and any other previous documentation.


Certification Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Core Competency Education and Testing PDF (189.93 KB) Administration 5/21/2019
CVS Application Summary Workbook XLSX (182.56 KB) Administration 5/21/2019
SAVE Certification Program Manual - 16th Ed PDF (789.62 KB) Administration 5/21/2019
CVS_Maint_Summary_Workbook.xlsx XLSX (182.9 KB) Administration 2/4/2020
VMA_Maint_Summary_Workbook.xlsx XLSX (165.25 KB) Administration 2/4/2020