Courses and Certifications

Volunteer managers seeking professional training or certification have many resources available, both nationally and local. In addition to the Volunteer Management 101 and 201 trainings offered by NOVAA, there are many more professional development opportunities available. 

Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA)

The CVA credential is offered for practitioners in volunteer resources management. Originally developed by the international Association for Volunteer Administration, the program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA). The certification process includes an exam and portfolio statement. As the profession of volunteer management has grown, and become recognized as an advanced career, more and more organizaitons are requiring job candidates to hold a CVA. 

To support volunteer managers seeking their certification, NOVAA offers members access to CVA study groups. Study groups meet throughout the year prior to the CVA submission deadlines. To learn more about how to join a study group, visit our section on CVA study groups.  


Institute for NonProfit Management 

Portland State University is Portland's urban campus, situated in the heart of downtown. The Institute for Nonprofit Management operates through the Division of Public Administration and the Center for Public Service of the Hatfield School of Government in PSU's College of Urban and Public Affairs. 

INPM offers a graduate certificate in nonprofit managment as well as a Masters of Public Administration graduate degree with a nonprofit specialization. PSU also offers a noncredit certitificate with a volunteer management focus.