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Value Methodology Associate (VMA) Certification Exam

The purpose of the VMA exam is to test an individual’s knowledge of the Value Methodology. Candidates have 90 minutes to compete the exam, which consists of 60 multiple choice questions focused on the following Core Competencies:

  • #1 Value Methodology
  • #2 Transform Information
  • #4 Function Analysis
  • #5 Cost Analysis
  • #7 Workshop Stage

The VMA exam is given in English and electronic format only. The exam can be taken anytime, with a live proctor reviewing your activities via webcam and screen share. You can schedule the exam anytime and take it right then or come back later to begin.

A score of 70% or above (42 or more questions answered correctly) must be achieved to pass the exam. If the candidate fails, they may retake the exam in 30 days up to three times in a one-year period. After the third failure, the candidate must reapply from the beginning.



  SAVE Members  Non-Members 
Application Fee  $125  $125 
Certification Fee $0  $300 


The certification fee for SAVE 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.


Ready to take the VMA Exam?

Before you get started, you should have:

  • A computer with a functioning webcam
  • Chrome browser installed (Chrome without additional extensions installed is highly suggested)
  • A photo ID

To begin, register for the VMA program online here:

VMA Exam

Once you have submitted your information, you will have to verify your email address before completing your application. Once you have verified your email, go back into your Certifior portal and submit your information, including the upload of your VMF 1 course certificate. Once that is completed, you will be able to schedule your online exam.

You will be asked to submit your VMA certification exam fee online. The charge on your credit card statement will read “Assessment Systems”.

Once you complete the scheduling, you will see a few steps on your screen. You must go through each one, reviewing exam rules, installing the Proctor Exam Chrome Extension. Once installed, you will be asked to do a system check. You must go through this to ensure your system is ready for the exam – the exam will not be available to you until you do so. Once completed you will receive an email that says you are ready to go and a link to your exam.

Before you start your exam, it is best to use Chrome with no other extensions active at the time as they could be viewed as security risks and cause the system to not let you proceed with the exam. If you start the exam and the system detects an issue with another extension, it will cause the exam to shut down and you will have 10 minutes to log back in to restart from where you left off. If this happens, try disabling any extensions in use – but NOT the proctor exam extension!

Once you go through each question on the exam, you will be able to submit your answers and see your preliminary score immediately. Your submission, screen recording and webcam video will be reviewed to ensure that there were no security issues during your exam.

Final scores will be sent via email. Certificates will be issued after the final scores are released.


VMA Exam Retakes

If you are interested in retaking the VMA exam, please contact the SAVE business office at to receive additional instructions.