Benefits for YOU, the individual practitioner:

  • clarification of personal values and professional ethics
  • identification of strengths and areas for growth
  • enhanced self-esteem through peer recognition
  • increased confidence in problem-solving skills
  • increased personal and professional credibility
  • transferable documentation of knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • reinforced commitment to professional excellence
  • may contribute to hiring and job security
  • may lead to more recognition from top management

Benefits to your ORGANIZATION or EMPLOYER:

  • demonstrates employer’s commitment to competence
  • increased confidence in employee abilities
  • quality professional development for employees
  • useful in making hiring decisions
  • relevant framework for performance appraisal
  • identifies and documents leadership potential


  • Individuals wishing to pursue the CVA certification must meet these requirements in order to register as a candidate:
  • Minimum of the equivalent of three years 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.

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