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Value Methodology Associate (VMA) Certification
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The Value Methodology Associate (VMA) certification 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 Certified Value Specialist (CVS).

Becoming Certified

To achieve VMA certification, one must:

  • Select an advisor who is a CVS in good standing
  • Successfully complete an approved Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course
  • Submit and pay the required application and fee
  • Successfully pass the VMA exam



To apply and register for the VMA certification exam, please click here.



  SAVE Members  Non-Members 
Application Fee  $125  $125 
Annual Maintenance Fee  $50  $500 
Certification Fee  $0  $300 


The certification fee for SAVE members is waived, and members will receive a certificate upon passing the exam. Non-member candidates must pay the certification fee after the exam to receive their certificate.

Transfer Your AVS to VMA Certification

Individuals with a current or recently expired AVS certification can transfer to the VMA certification by completing the VMA application online and paying the appropriate application fee ($50 USD for SAVE members or $500 USD for non-members). You do not need to retake the exam. Once your VMA application and payment are processed, your SAVE profile will be updated.

Those AVS who have not transferred to the VMA certification by 2020 will be required to complete a new application for the VMA certification. Those who do not wish to transfer to a VMA certification should prepare to apply for CVS certification.


VMA Documents

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Documents and Forms that relate to the VMA Certification.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
SAVE Certification Program Manual - May 2018 PDF (443.96 KB) Administration 5/7/2018