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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. No reference material may be consulted during the exam. No calculators (except for the calculator feature on the computer being used to take the exam) are allowed. Other devices, cell phones and computer applications are prohibited.

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.

 

Fees

  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.

 

Important Details & Rules for Taking the VMA Exam

Before you get started, you should have:

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

No reference material may be consulted during the exam. No calculators (except for the calculator feature on the computer being used to take the exam) are allowed. Other devices, cell phones and computer applications are prohibited.

Also, candidates must take the VMA exam on their own computer and are monitored via webcam and screen share. The exam is not proctored by an individual in-person. No one else can be in the room while a candidate is taking their exam.

Candidates who do not follow the rules above will automatically fail the exam.

 

Ready to take the VMA Exam?

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”.

If you experience any technical issues related to the online VMA exam (i.e. registering, paying the fee, etc.), please contact SAVE’s online exam vendor directly at support@assess.com and they will respond to your inquiry.

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.

You will receive your preliminary score via email after completing the online exam. Final scores will be sent via email within 1-2 weeks from the date of the exam. Certificates will be issued after the final scores are released.

If you experience any technical issues related to the online VMA exam (i.e. registering, paying the fee, etc.), please contact SAVE’s online exam vendor directly at support@assess.com and they will respond to your inquiry.

 

VMA Exam Retakes

If you are interested in retaking the VMA exam, please contact the SAVE business office at certification@value-eng.org to receive additional instructions.