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Certification Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION APPLIES TO ME?
The Value Methodology Associate (VMA) certification recognizes individuals who are new to the field of the Value Methodology and have received basic Value Methodology training. It is an entry-level certificate and is encouraged for those desiring to have on-going involvement in Value Management, particularly as team members. If desired, after gaining some experience, a VMA may advance to Certified Value Specialist (CVS) certification.

VMA certification recognizes individuals with basic value training and minimal experience in the application of the Value Methodology. A VMA is not exposed to facilitation in the Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course and, therefore, is not, by training, qualified to lead value studies. A VMA is encouraged to progress to CVS certification and will have opportunity to gain valuable facilitation experience.

The Certified Value Specialist (CVS) certification is the highest level of certification available through the SAVE International Certification Program. One must be a VMA before applying to become a CVS. This status is reserved for individuals who possess basic and advanced Value Methodology training and significant value study experience. CVSs are experts in the Value Methodology and may be value team members, value team leaders, facilitators, instructors, or value program managers (VPMs).

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHERE VMF 1 AND VMF 2 COURSES ARE OFFERED?
Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) and Value Methodology Fundamentals 2 (VMF 2) courses are offered throughout the year. For a listing of dates, consult the calendar of events on the SAVE website at www.value-eng.org. You may also refer to the list of approved VMF 1 and VMF 2 instructors to find a qualified instructor to perform this activity at your organization.

HOW DOES THE NEW CVS EXAM TEST FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S ABILITY TO DO FAST DIAGRAMMING?
Somewhat similar to the old AVS/VMA exam, examinees must answer questions about the FAST diagram they create. The difference is that examinees must be able to select from a list of functions provided for an object which of the functions are truly applicable. They need to distinguish between functions and activities, successfully test the “how-why” logic, etc. They must arrange the functions they have selected into a FAST diagram (using Post-Its), then answer questions such as “Which are the Higher-Order Function and Basic Function?” They need to have a good handle on what is within the scope of the object’s functions and which functions belong to which classifications.

WHEN SHOULD I USE MY CVS SEAL?
CVSs are encouraged to use their seal on formal documents. It is hoped the use of the seal will heighten the professional image of all value practitioners. CAUTION: some states define Value Engineering as the practice of engineering. The CVS seal is not a substitute for a professional engineering seal. The individual CVS is solely responsible for compliance to any and all laws and regulations governing the use of a professional seal.

HOW MAY I PAY MY FEES FOR EITHER CERTIFICATION OR FOR AN EXAM?
The online application and payment are available on the SAVE website at www.value-eng.org/Certification. Just click on either CVS or VMA certification, then scroll down to the Application section. Please fill out the requested information, the payment information and submit the form. The SAVE business office will receive the information to begin the certification process.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT?
Contact the SAVE business office at certification@value-eng.org or visit the SAVE website at www.value-eng.org for more information about joining SAVE, to view and/or download the Certification Manual, or search the current listing of certified individuals.