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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

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  Non-Members  Government Employees *

VMA Application Fee

$125  $125   $125

VMA Annual Maintenance Fee

$50  $500   $50

VMA Certificate Fee**

$0  $300  $0 

AVS to VMA Transfer Fee 

$50  $50 $50 


* Government Employees: the VMA 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.

** The VMA certificate fee for SAVE International members and government employees is waived, and those individuals will receive a certificate upon passing the exam. Non-member candidates must pay the certificate fee after the exam to receive their certificate.

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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.


Maintain/Renew Your VMA Certification

VMA certification must be maintained every two years and maintenance fees must be paid annually to retain active status. A minimum of 8 PDUs in continuing education are required within each two-year maintenance period.

Instructions on how to renew your VMA certification will be available soon!

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


Transfer Your AVS to VMA Certification

Individuals with a current or recently expired Associate Value Specialist (AVS) certification can transfer to the VMA certification by completing the AVS to VMA conversion online application and paying the transfer fee of $50 USD. SAVE members and non-member pay the same transfer fee ($50 USD) and 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
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