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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:

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



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



SAVE Members


Government Employees *

VMA Application / Exam Fee




VMA Exam Retake Fee




VMA Maintenance Fee (paid every 2 years)




AVS to VMA Conversion Fee





All fees shown in USD.

* Government Employees: the VMA 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 VMA 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 must 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.


VMA Certification Maintenance

VMA certification must be maintained every two (2) years and maintenance fees must be paid to retain active status. A minimum of eight (8) PDUs in continuing education are required 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 VMA certification maintenance.

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


Convert Your AVS to VMA Certification

Individuals with a current or recently expired Associate Value Specialist (AVS) certification can convert to the VMA certification by completing the AVS to VMA conversion online application and paying a fee of $50 USD. The conversion fee is the same for SAVE members and non-members, and individuals do not need to retake the exam.

Once your AVS to VMA conversion application and payment are processed, your SAVE profile will be updated and you will be emailed a new VMA certificate within two weeks.

The deadline to convert your AVS to VMA certification is June 30, 2020. Those AVS who have not converted to the VMA certification by this date will be required to complete a new application for the VMA certification. Those who do not wish to convert 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
VMA_Maint_Summary_Workbook.xlsx XLSX (165.25 KB) Administration 2/4/2020
CVS_Maint_Summary_Workbook.xlsx XLSX (182.9 KB) Administration 2/4/2020
SAVE Certification Program Manual - 16th Ed PDF (789.62 KB) Administration 5/21/2019
CVS Application Summary Workbook XLSX (182.56 KB) Administration 5/21/2019
Core Competency Education and Testing PDF (189.93 KB) Administration 5/21/2019