Credentialing

I Need Help Obtaining My Credentials.

It is our primary mission to help you get certified. We have many ways to support you to achieving your Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®) or Accredited in Business Appraisal Review™ (ABAR™) designation. Take a look at the resources below or contact our Member/Client Services department at (800) 677-2009 for a personalized consultation to get you through the process.

Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®)

The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® (NACVA®) trains and certifies CVAs to perform business valuations as a service to both the consulting community and the users of their services. Through training and rigorous testing, CVAs demonstrate they are qualified to provide capable and professionally executed valuation services. NACVA recommends specific training as a prerequisite to certification to assure that practitioners have the knowledge and understanding necessary to perform competent services, and to assure a level of consistency and continuity in their work product. Users of valuation services benefit by having greater confidence that the service they receive is professional in quality, adheres to industry standards of practice, and meets a level of expertise the Association deems credible and worthy of one of its certified members. 
For detailed information, click here for the Certified Valuation Analyst on NACVA.com. 

Training

Business Valuation Certification and Training Center
The Business Valuation Certification and Training Center (BVTC)—co-sponsored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts™ (NACVA®) and the Institute of Business Appraisers™ (IBA™)—is the most comprehensive and complete foundational training program teaching to the body of knowledge on how to value private business enterprises. The BVTC will prepare candidates to pass any business valuation (BV) certification exam offered in the industry as well as those designations offered by NACVA—the Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®), and IBA—the Certified Business Appraiser™ (CBA™).
For detailed information and registration, click here for the Business Valuation Certification and Training Center on NACVA.com. 

Business Valuation Certification and Training Center Self-Study
For detailed information and to purchase, click here for the Business Valuation Certification and Training Center Self-Study Package on NACVA.com. 

Business Valuation Certification and Training On-Demand Video Series
In addition to the BVTC’s availability in a self-study format, the CTI also provides instructor-led training through an on-demand video series. This video series is designed to complement the self-study material and consists of a full, video-recorded BVTC led by our esteemed faculty of valuation practitioners. The video series includes recordings of actual BVTC course lectures, including class interaction, questions, and discussions that ensue. This is a perfect way to enhance one’s understanding of the self-study materials by “watching” an actual BVTC at your own convenience.
For detailed information and to purchase, click here for the Business Valuation Certification and Training Center On-Demand Video Series on NACVA.com. 

Exam Resources

CVA Exam Q&A Study Guide
This guide contains a compilation of approximately 1,200 questions of the type you will find in the NACVA CVA proctored exam. Questions are divided into nine topical categories, each with subcategories. This study guide is designed to be a great companion to the BVTC training materials (live and self-study).
For detailed information and to purchase, click here for the CVA Exam Study Guide on NACVA.com

Online CVA Case Study Report Writing Clinic
An integral part of receiving the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) certification is successfully demonstrating that a CVA candidate meets NACVA’s “Experience Threshold” by completing a sample Case Study Report. This report is due within 60 days of completing the proctored examination. The Online CVA Case Study Report Writing Clinic is designed to assist CVA candidates to complete the Case Study Report through a series of six consecutive, one-hour webinars—one webinar each week for six weeks following each live Training Center.
For detailed information, click here for the Online CVA Case study Report Writing Clinic on NACVA.com

Experience Alternative for Case Study
CVA applicants are required to demonstrate that they meet NACVA’s “Experience Threshold” by completing a sample Case Study, or by submitting an actual and sanitized Fair Market Value (FMV) (as defined by Revenue Ruling 59-60) business valuation report on an operating business, prepared in the last 12 months, representative of the practitioner’s work product. The Case Study Experience Threshold requirement is reviewed using a standardized grading key developed by a committee of NACVA subject-matter experts and approved by the VCB. A fee must be submitted along with the application, and the applicant must be a current Practitioner (or Academic or Government) member of NACVA prior to consideration for waiver.
Contact NACVA Member/Client Services for additional information on the Experience Alternative here.

Extensions
Exam and case study extensions are available to those who are past due.
Request an extension here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Proctoring
Information on how to have your exam supervised.
Request to have your exam supervised here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Candidate Status
A status available to individuals in-process of obtaining a NACVA credential based on certain criteria.
Request Candidate Status here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Report Critique
Submit a request to contact the individual who peer reviewed your Case Study for his or her critique and feedback via telephone, regardless of whether you pass or fail the Case Study. 
Request Report Critique here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Mentor Support
Business Valuation Certification and Training Center faculty and CVA practitioners available for support and guidance.
Request a Mentor here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Resource Materials

Business Valuation Reports Library
This growing library catalogs reports submitted for review by participants in one of NACVA's Case Analysis Roundtables. It is an excellent resource for candidates to view actual valuation reports. These reports provide perspective and guidance on the critical factors that make up well written valuation reports.
Learn more about the Business Valuation Reports Library here.

Course Material
Request course materials used in BVTC training sessions. Prior BVTC attendees receive updated electronic course materials for free.
Contact us to Request Course Material here.

Databases and Software

Business Valuation Databases and Software
Through its five web-based annual subscription packages, KeyValueData offers Internet-based access to thousands of dollars in essential valuation data, research, and tools—all for a single, low annual subscription fee.  Attendees of the Business Valuation Certification and Training Center receive a free 60-day trial subscription to KeyValueData and the Business Valuation Manager Pro™ software.

60-Day Silver Level Trial Subscription to KeyValueData® (included with BVTC registration)The most essential resources every business valuator needs at their fingertips are conveniently packaged and delivered through KeyValueData. Go to www.KeyValueData.com to learn more about the Silver Level subscription benefits.

60-Day Trial Subscription to Business Valuation Manager™ Pro (BVM-Pro) and Business Valuation Report Writer™ (included with registration)By greatly reducing the burden of creating and maintaining complex spreadsheets and written reports, Business Valuation Manager Pro lets you focus on the high-level thinking necessary for a thorough and accurate valuation. It frees you to apply your valuation expertise, giving you more time to focus on the crucial decisions of the engagement. The software and report writer are compliant with industry standards. They are also excellent tools for CVA candidates to use to successfully complete and submit their Case Study Report.
For detailed information on the Business Valuation Databases and Software available, visit the store on NACVA.com.


Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®)

The MAFF credential is designed to provide assurance to the legal and business communities—the primary users of financial forensics services—that the designee possesses a level of experience and knowledge deemed acceptable by the Association to provide competent and professional financial forensic support services. To earn the MAFF credential, candidates must attest to having met certain prerequisites and Experience Requirement, plus pass a four-hour proctored exam that tests to NACVA's Financial Forensics Body of Knowledge (FFBOK).
Learn more about the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® on NACVA.com.

Training

Foundations of Financial Forensics Workshop

Unlike most financial forensics training that tends to be general in scope, the Foundations of Financial Forensics Workshop provides attendees with an understanding of the professional responsibilities and legal underpinnings necessary to providing credible financial forensics services along with an overview of the highest growth areas of financial forensics practice. The nationally recognized and seasoned financial forensic experts who teach the program also dive into the methodologies and approaches for calculating damages, financial investigative and forensic accounting techniques, skills development for communicating with judges, attorneys, and juries, and practice building strategies that are being employed by successful and emerging financial forensic analysts. Training and certification in this field will greatly assist CPAs and other financial experts to build their practice in this rapidly growing financial consulting niche. The workshop teaches to the body of knowledge for financial forensics and prepares attendees to achieve the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®) credential. MAFF candidates can fulfill the foundational experience prerequisite with attendance at this workshop.

Available live or via online webinar series.
For detailed information and to register, click here for the Foundations of Financial Forensics Workshop on NACVA.com.

Exam Resources

Proctoring
Information on how to have your MAFF exam supervised.
Request to have your exam supervised here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Faculty Mentoring
Financial Forensics faculty available for support and guidance.
Request Faculty Mentoring here, or contact NACVA Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009.

Resource Materials

Course Material
Request past course materials used in CTI training sessions. Prior course attendees receive updated electronic course materials for free.
Contact us to Request Course Material here.


Accredited in Business Appraisal Review™ (ABAR™)

The ABAR designation is the valuation profession’s only credential certifying competence in the review of business appraisal reports. As such, the ABAR credential is specially designed for business valuators whose work involves the review of valuation reports and analysis performed by others—a select group that includes managers, expert witnesses, attorneys, coaches, mentors, trainers, and government appraisers. An important added benefit of the ABAR credential is that preparing for and maintaining the designation helps appraisers significantly improve their own report writing skills.
Learn about the Accredited in Business Appraisal Review designation on NACVA.com.

Currently, the NACVA is not taking applications for the ABAR credential as the program is being redesigned.


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