My Nonprofit Reviews
Faiza Venzant CVA
Review for Council For Certification in Volunteer Administration, York, PA, USA
In 2016, while on maternity leave, I obtained my CVA designation from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Here are three ways obtaining the certification has already been a no brainer for me. Gosh! I only wish I had done it sooner.
1. Credibility – The CVA is the only international professional credential for volunteer engagement professionals. Obtaining the certification has already increased my credibility as a speaker, writer, professional, and mentor not only in Canada but around the world. A happy coincidence of that is that my network has exploded and I have an international community of CVAs that I can look to for help and resources.
2. Confidence – Since obtaining my CVA, I feel a renewed confidence in my ability, career prospects and options for growth and development in our field. The task of preparing, studying and sitting for the certification exam was an affirmation that I am doing work that is valuable and requires great skill. It also reinforced that this is a profession that requires constant learning, building new connections and daily work in better understanding people through a personal commitment to diversity and inclusion work.
3. Contribution – We spend our days asking people to contribute. Obtaining my CVA has allowed me to do the same for our profession. I believe in certification so much that I volunteered as a Board Member for the Council which eventually led to me being hired as Executive Director. Being able to contribute on behalf of people whose work I admire is a privilege. As a CVA, take your knowledge to ALI!VE , a DOVIA, volunteer centre or your local AVA and contribute what you can when you can.
Bringing credibility and confidence to your work and making a contribution to the profession through obtaining your CVA is one way to elevate this profession, promote professional ethics and elevate your practice.