2016 CVA Information Now Available -

All website content and materials have been updated to reflect program changes in effect for 2016.  Download the 2016 CVA Certification Handbook 2015 Sep 04 for complete details and the application.

CCVA Releases Updated Competencies for Leaders of Volunteer Engagement -

The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) is pleased to announce the release of a new portfolio of competencies for the field of volunteer administration. The job analysis study was conducted by a task force of certified subject matter experts who represented a variety of geographic locations and organizational settings, and facilitated by a […]

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Our vision is a world where competent, passionate leaders effectively engage volunteers. We deliver professional certification and advocate ethical practice so organizations can maximize the impact of volunteer involvement to achieve their missions. More »

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Professional certification signals a commitment to excellence. It confirms that individuals have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise. More »

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Are you ready to pursue Certification in Volunteer Administration? The registration process is easy, and we offer plenty of support along the way. The Candidate Handbook provides an overview of the program components, fees, key dates, and the registration form. More »

Our CVAs are saying...

Jason Frenzel-Wright

I loved the process of acquiring my CVA! I found it personally enriching and professionally valuable.

Jason Frenzel-Wright, CVA • Huron River Watershed Council • Ann Arbor, MI USA

Mary Earhart-Brown

I am very glad I completed the certification process. I encourage all volunteer managers to challenge themselves to earn their CVA — you will be better for the effort!

Mary Earheart-Brown, CVA • Memphis City Schools • Memphis, TN USA

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