Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration
Excellence • Ethics • Education


Signal a commitment to excellence and demonstrate the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard, and support dedicated volunteers and community members.


Select from a network of over 1,000 individuals including leaders of volunteers in every conceivable type of organization and setting.


Renew CVA credentials to demonstrate continuing professional development and retain the right to use the professional appellation, CVA.

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Thank you to our 2022 LEAP Speakers!

LEAP Speaker Bios Brian Rosenbaum, MSSW, CVA, is a Southern California native with 16 years’ US and international nonprofit experience. He earned his BA in Psychology and Spanish at UCLA and his Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, specializing in program development and community organizing. Brian currently serves as Director of Community…

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LEAP – Leadership.Excellence.Advocacy.Peers

Join us for our speakers series!  In 2022, we are focused on leadership, excellence and advocacy amongst our peers so that we can work outside of our sector with credibility, confidence and character. Ticket prices are as follows: CVAs: You may attend all sessions for FREE! The CVA newsletter has your registration details. Non CVAs:…

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Get certified in 2022!

Take the next step in your career as a leader of volunteers and become a CVA in 2022. Attend an information session and when you are ready, submit your application and payment.

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In 2021, CVAs took part in the Technology Evolution in Volunteer Administration (TEVA) study which included a survey and focus groups to understand technology adoption, use and challenges faced. Find out more here.

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Upcoming Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the CVA and certification process?  Join us for one of our informational webinars.  Hear from current CVAs and bring all your questions. Webinars will be approximately 90 minutes long. Times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.  You may access a time zone converter here.  July 12, 2022 at 12:30pm-2:00pm EST Register…

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Our Vision

A world where competent, passionate leaders effectively engage volunteers.

Our Mission:

To advance excellence in volunteer administration by delivering professional certification and advocating ethical practice.


We provide certifications internationally! Apply to become a CVA.

Our Numbers

CVAs Currently Certified

Professionals showcasing their commitment to excellence and ethical practices in all aspects of their work.

CVAs Certified in 2021

Pursue your CVA in 2022. Complete your application by March 1, 2022 for the April exam.

CVAs Renewed in 2021

This group demonstrated their ongoing commitment to volunteer leadership excellence amidst the challenging backdrop of a global pandemic.

 All Time Certifications

Professionals who have chosen over time to add a CVA certification to their portfolio of credentials and expertise.  (Calculated as of 2021.)

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