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What is Certification?

Professional certification shows employers and volunteers that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. It gives them confidence in your abilities because it proves that your skills have been evaluated and approved by a well-regarded professional organization. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise.

Certification of members has always been an integral part of VMPC since very early in its history and continues to be a priority for the association. For many years the process was administered internally and members were awarded the CAVR credential (Certified Administrator of Volunteer Resources).

In 2012, based on a recommendation of a VMPC task force and with extensive consultation with the membership, VMPC revised its certification program and moved to a partnership with the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA). This move discontinued the use of the CAVR designation.

Successful members are now awarded the CVA designation (Certified in Volunteer Administration), administered by CCVA, offering our members an internationally recognized professional designation.

Why consider CVA Certification?

  • Certification offers credibility.
  • Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement.
  • Certification demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field of volunteer management.
  • Certification strengthens the profession’s image.
  • Certification = achievement.
  • Certification increases or validates skills and knowledge.
  • Certification builds self-esteem.
  • Certification offers recognition from colleagues.
  • Certification supports continued professional development.
  • Certification offers international networking opportunities.