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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. 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, one must:

  • Select an advisor who is a CVS in good standing
  • Complete an approved Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course
  • Complete an approved Value Methodology Fundamentals 2 (VMF 2) course (the VMF 2 course may not be taken sooner than six months after the VMF 1 course)
  • Accumulate the required certification points (CPs)
  • Submit an original paper on the prescribed value related subject
  • Submit and pay the required application and fee
  • Submit a summary worksheet and supporting documentation
  • Pass the CVS exam after the SAVE Certification Board's approval of the application and paper

Complete details about the CVS certification requirements are included in the SAVE Certification Program Manual.

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.



The new application for CVS certification will be available soon.



More information regarding the new CVS recertification requirements will be available soon.




  SAVE Member Fee  Non-Member Fee 
CVS Application (initial)  $360  $960 
CVS Annual Maintenance  $90  $550 


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Note: The SAVE International Certification Program Manual revision 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.


CVS Documents

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