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CVA Information


The “Certified in Volunteer Administration” (CVA) credential is offered for practitioners in volunteer resources management. Originally developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration, the program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).

Unlike many “certificate” or certification programs being offered by colleges and universities, this professional credentialing program is performance-based. It is not intended to teach individuals how to manage volunteers effectively. Rather, it is designed to measure an individual’s “knowledge-in-use”–the application of knowledge and skills by those with real-life experience in this role. This includes the assessment of a candidate’s ability to structure tasks, produce ideas, and solve problems.

Core Competencies

Individuals pursuing the CVA credential are expected to demonstrate successfully their knowledge and ability to apply skills required for competent volunteer management, based on their actual performance in the role. Five core competencies have been identified:

  • Ethics
  • Organizational Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accountability
  • Leadership and Advocacy


The Credentialing Process

A two-part measurement methodology has been designed to demonstrate a candidate’s knowledge and application of the core competencies.  This is a self-study process, requiring no travel or special classes.

  • Part I, Portfolio, includes a 100-250 word philosophy statement, 100-250 word ethics case study, and a 1,500-1,750 word management narrative.
  • Part II, the Multiple Choice Examination, is an 80 question, two-hour proctored exam, offered once a year on the 4th Wednesday in May.



Individuals wishing to become credentialed must meet these requirements in order to register as a candidate:

  • Minimum of the equivalent of three years of full-time experience related to volunteer resources management. This experience can be a combination of several part-time positions, and can include both salaried and non-salaried roles.
  • Minimum of 30 percent of current position related to volunteer resources management.
  • Two letters of professional recommendation from supervisors or colleagues, verifying the candidate’s activity in the field and his/her appropriateness as a candidate for this credential.



For registration information and deadlines check out the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration website. To read more about the CVA credentialing process, visit: http://www.cvacert.org. Check out the new feature of the CVA site for employers http://cvacert.org/for-employers/.


NVAVA is proud to offer the Angie Carrera CVA Scholarship Fund to help support NVAVA members in good standing in their pursuit of CVA certification, with a focus on re-certification and book expenses.  The Angie Carrera Scholarship will cover up to $200 for CVA certification or $100 for renewal. Does not include travel or personal expenses for certification.  If interested in applying for the scholarship, more information is available on the Scholarship page.



Northern Virginia Association For Volunteer Administrations

PO Box 92

Fairfax, VA 22038


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