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Classifications of Membership

The Association has established seven classifications of individual membership.
Practitioner Membership is granted to those who have demonstrated through education, experience, and/or other criteria that they meet the qualifications to apply for the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR), or Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF). Practitioner Membership carries with it all the rights, privileges, and benefits offered by the Association, and is required for those holding an active MAFF designation.
Ultimate Membership is a new type of annual membership for Practitioner members of NACVA where, for one flat monthly fee, members can obtain unlimited CPE; dues and recertification fees are included. Unlimited membership can be expanded to include a Titanium subscription with KeyValueData® giving one access to over 20 databases vital in the performance of business valuations. It can be further expanded to include all of NACVA’s valuation, damages, and report writing software. Ultimate Membership gives members an uninhibited path to build and maintain a thriving practice with a precise budget where 100% of one’s business valuation needs are provided.
Professional Membership is extended to those individuals who may not qualify for or do not desire or intend to pursue certification. However, they recognize the value of member­ship and ideals of the Association and, as such, wish to show their support by joining. Professional members have the same rights, privileges, and benefits as Practitioner members. How­ever, Professional members may not apply for certification and may not use the Association’s appellations, unless they are retired CVA/MAFF/ABAR (Emeritus) designees, Certified Business Appraisers (CBAs), or Master Certified Business Ap­praisers (MCBAs).
Affiliate Membership is designed for individuals who fall into the category of Professional Membership (as described above) as well as the staff of our Practitioner and Professional members. Affiliate members receive the same benefits as Prac­titioner and Professional members (described above), except for the ability to become certified or receive hard copies of Association subscription publications. Affiliate Membership is open to anyone interested in the ideals of the Association and who wants to take advantage of discounts on training and numerous products and services. It is also available as an alter­native to Professional Membership for retired CVA/MAFF/ABAR (Emeritus) designees, and CBAs/MCBAs.
Academician Membership is offered to academicians employed full-time by a college or university and desirous of the services and privileges of Association membership. Acade­mician members recognize the important contributions the Association is making in the valuation and financial forensic sciences and want to show their support through membership and contributions of intellectual capital. Academician mem­bers enjoy all Association benefits and can apply for any of NACVA’s certifications as long as they meet its requirements.
Government Employee Membership is offered to indi­viduals currently employed by a federal or state government agency and who may or may not be pursuing an accredita­tion. Government Employee members have the same rights, privileges, and benefits offered by the Association.

Student Membership is open to anyone enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. Student members receive all the benefits of Affiliate Membership except, students may become certified by the Association and carry the CVA Candidate or MAFF Candidate designation. Once the student meets the necessary work experience and "Candidate" status no longer is required to be displayed, such student qualifies to be a Practitioner member and would be subject to Practitioner member dues. The term for which one can be a Student member is limited to three years. See Candidate status here.

Legal Professional Membership is granted to attorneys and others practicing in the field of law who, either frequently or on occasion, have needs in the areas of business valuation or financial damages.

All individuals who become members of NACVA must comply with NACVA’s Professional Standards, regardless of their certification status.

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Note: Effective January 1, 2018, membership in the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® (NACVA®) is no longer required to obtain or maintain NACVA’s Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®) credential. This policy change was enacted to comply with new standards promulgated by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies® (NCCA®), a division of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence™ (ICE™), with whom we have accredited our CVA credential. Candidates or designees who opt not to join/belong to NACVA as a Practitioner, Academician, Government, or Student member will be subject to annual CVA designee renewal fees and tri-annual recertification fees; and new CVA candidates will be subject to both a CVA certification exam fee and a CVA designee enrollment fee. For NACVA members, these fees are embedded in the current dues and fee structure. If one chooses not to be a member, he or she will pay a little less in fees but receive no NACVA benefits other than the ability to use the credential in reports and for marketing purposes. Such designees will also have a NACVA directory listing and must comply with NACVA’s Professional Standards. For more information on this non-member option and reduced pricing, contact NACVA headquarters for details at (800) 677-2009.