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Value Methodology Associate (VMA) Certification
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Value Methodology Associate (VMA) is a recognition designed for individuals who are new to the Value Methodology field and have received basic Value Methodology training. This entry level certification is encouraged for those desiring to have on-going involvement in Value Management. If desired, after gaining some experience, a VMA may advance to Certified Value Specialist (CVS).

Becoming Certified

To achieve VMA certification, one must:

  • Complete an approved VMF 1 course
  • Submit and pay the required application and fee
  • Successfully pass the VMA exam


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 examinee has previously passed the VMA exam. CVS examinees must receive approval to take the CVS exam and must be currently certified as a VMA. The Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course covers all information required to pass the VMA exam; the Value Methodology Fundamentals 2 (VMF 2) course covers additional information required to pass the CVS exam.

NOTE: Assumes VMAs participate as value team members and CVSs facilitate.



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 International 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.

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


Renew/Maintain Your VMA Certification

To renew/maintain your VMA certification, please complete the online VMA application and pay the appropriate fee ($50 USD for SAVE members or $500 USD for non-members). Once your application and payment are submitted/processed, your SAVE profile will be updated.

To maintain VMA certification, you must complete one (1) SAVE approved e-learning course per year. Courses may not be repeated for credit. On an annual basis, SAVE will randomly audit its VMAs, requesting documentation proving completion of the SAVE approved e-learning course.

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


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 application fee of $50 USD. 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.


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 (148.34 KB) Administration 8/10/2018
SAVE CVS Application Summary Workbook XLSX (175.98 KB) Administration 1/9/2019
SAVE Certification Program Manual - 16th Ed PDF (732.81 KB) Administration 1/9/2019