Did you know?

  • The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) has over 3500 members worldwide.
  • Approximately 30% of AL!VE members are Certified Volunteer Administrators (CVA’s)
  • As an AL!VE member, you are eligible for a discount on your testing & certification fee.
  • The application deadline is September 1 for the October testing window.
  • There’s an informational webinar presented by the CCVA to learn more and plan.  Register here
  • Learn more at the CCVA website.

The “Certified in Volunteer Administration” (CVA) credential is offered for practitioners in volunteer resources management.

Ready to take the CVA Exam?

Online testing and best wishes to our CVA candidates.
If you’re ready to get started, be sure to download the certification handbook as well as the application form if you haven’t already.

We recently acquired a new testing vendor to assist in the online remote testing process. All CVA candidates will test online via remote proctor and details are being provided to you individually via email from You can review the steps you must take for application and payment in the 2019 CVA Certification Handbook found on our website.

For the upcoming October exam window, candidates will receive login details with account information so that accounts/passwords can be created. This communication will come directly from

Welcome New Board Members.
As your new CCVA Board Chair (2019, 2020), I am pleased to announce the appointment of our executive committee and the election of three new professionals to the Board of Directors. Each new executive committee member will serve a two-year term and new members at large will serve a three-year term. New board members include: Faiza Venzant, Julie Gallanty, and Amber McMillan. Executive Committee members include: Mei Cobb (Vice Chair), Tammy Holland (Secretary), and Christi Brown (Treasurer).

The Board provides leadership for carrying out the council’s mission: To advance excellence in volunteer administration by delivering professional certification and advocating ethical practice. These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to our organization as we further our vision of: A world where competent, passionate leaders effectively engage volunteers.

Spread the Word.
We also hope that you will be talking up CVA certification with your colleagues who may not yet know about CVA. Our Marketing Toolbox offers you everything you need to help promote CVA certification to your colleagues, including PowerPoint slides, table signs, fact sheets, sample TWEETS, and ideas for local promotion.

Have a question? Your best point of contact is Michele Matter, Interim Executive Director. She can be reached at (412) 901-9598 or If there’s anything else I can do to help, be sure to let me know.

Amira Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE
Board Chair
Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration

Words of inspiration from your fellow practitioners.

“Going through the CVA certification process is something I would encourage every volunteer management professional to do. It gave me an incredible sense of validation for the work that I have done, along with a deeper understanding of a worldwide body of professionals who believe and promote the same core values of volunteerism that I do. I’m so glad I did it!”
–Becci J. Terrill, CVA – Shepherds Ministries, Inc., Union Grove, WI

“I have learned so much by taking time to get certified and have made several improvements to our processes. Going through this program has given me more confidence as a volunteer administrator.”
–Lee-Ann Scott, CVA – Network for Education, Ottawa, ON

Many of our board members are CVA certified and are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about this process.