Connect with other VMPC and provincial affiliate members who are working towards their CVA and form a local study group.
Read through the textbook chapters for areas where your self-assessment showed that you need to do some work
Taking the exam is straightforward.
There are testing centres all over the country; there is at least one close to most communities.
The exam is accessible and asks you to apply your practical knowledge (but it’s only available in English right now).
Questions are multiple choice and are practical. The questions ask you to use the CVA competencies to solve a real world volunteer management problem.
You get some neat stuff after you pass the exam.
You get a certificate for your office wall or professional portfolio and a lapel pin to show the world that you are certified in your profession.
You receive press releases and letters to your employer so that you can share your good news with your community and your organization.
Best of all, you get to put the letters "CVA" after your name on your business cards, correspondence, resume, and LinkedIn profile.
Certification is valid for five years and recertifying is simple.
Once you pass the exam, your name goes on to the registry on the CCVA website together with your certification date and the year that your certification expires.
In order to renew, you need to earn 35 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and write a short personal reflection essay.
There are many ways to earn PDUs including: attending workshops, writing articles, serving as a volunteer, independent reading, and leading training. Participating in VMPC’s professional development activities are great ways to earn PDUs. Check out our events calendar.
Becoming a CVA means becoming part of an amazing peer group dedicated to advancing the profession.
Your organization and your volunteers will have a bigger impact on your community.
Charmaine Cades is the Manager, Volunteer Resources at the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay, where she has led volunteer involvement in high risk child welfare setting for the past...