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Earning a Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) confirms that you have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. It is a self-study process involving an exam.

Individuals wishing to pursue a CVA must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum of the equivalent of three years full-time experience related to volunteer resources management. This experience can be a combination of several part-time positions, and can include both salaried and non-salaried roles.
  2. Minimum of 30 percent of current position related to volunteer resources management.
  3. One letter of professional recommendation from supervisor or colleague, verifying the candidate’s activity in the field and his/her appropriateness as a candidate for this credential.

Visit Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) site for details.

Earning your Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services (CAVS) provides recognition of being among the elite in a critical field of healthcare. CAVS is a premier credential based on a sound assessment that provides distinction in an increasingly competitive marketplace. It is a self-study process culminating in an exam.

Individuals wishing to pursue a CAVS credential must meet the following requirements:

  1. Work in a job where at least 50% of his/her time is related to volunteer management
  2. Fulfill one of the following requirements for education / work experience:
    1. Baccalaureate degree or higher plus two (2) years or paid associated professional experience in healthcare volunteer services management*
    2. Associate degree or equivalent plus three (3) years of paid associated professional experience in healthcare volunteer services management*
    3. High school diploma or equivalent plus four (4) years of paid associated professional experience in healthcare volunteer services management*

*Associated professional experience in healthcare volunteer services management refers to paid work experirence in a healthcare setting or provider of services to a healthcare facility in planning and program development, management of personnel and finances, organization and delivery of services, outreach, advocacy, public relations, and professional development.

Visit Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) site for details.

Certification and Degree Programs:

For local SCAVA affiliates and board committees, Affiliate Connection Funds are available (up to $500) to support the growth and development efforts of local affiliates in order to strengthen their outreach in addition to growing SCAVA membership. SCAVA Committee Projects Funds are available (up to $1000) to active board committees to strengthen SCAVA’s infrastructure, such as: innovation in membership recruitment and management practices with the goal of increasing the number of SCAVA members.

To be considered for funding through SCAVA’s Reimbursable Mini-Grant Program, an affiliate officer or board committee chair may apply for the grant by completing the application, and then email the completed form to [email protected].

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