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National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) supports the users of business and intangible asset valuation services and financial forensic services, including damages determinations of all kinds and fraud detection and prevention, by training and certifying financial professionals in these disciplines. NACVA training includes Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit and is available to both members and non-members.

Benefits of Membership
The single greatest benefit of NACVA membership is our organization-wide focus at providing the best Association experience possible for our members. This means providing substantive and practical practitioner support for all levels of need, and for all levels of involvement that members have in the various disciplines we support. Our concern for members—and the seriousness with which we take our responsibility—can be felt at every turn in your relationship with us. You will feel this when talking to our caring headquarters (HQ) staff, you will know this when you talk with other members about their NACVA experience, and you will be convinced of this when asking for counseling and mentoring guidance from those same members on a matter with which you are challenged. That’s because, in ways we cannot fully explain, NACVA has evolved into a family of caring and nurturing professionals.

The void NACVA filled 22 years ago, supporting financial professionals wanting to pursue a new career in the business valuation discipline, by providing training, certification, software and technical support, set the tone for who we are today. Every fiber of our existence is about filling voids to provide for the needs of our members.

After two decades we have truly earned the right to call ourselves a “full-service” association. And you can see for yourself at where you will find that we have some form of training 250 days of the year; this includes live training programs taught multiple times each year, and for easy access to education, we hold one- to two-hour webinars 10 to 15 days each month. Rounding out our mediums for members’ professional development are three of the industry’s pinnacle publications, the weekly QuickRead, monthly Around the Valuation World™ in 90 Minutes webzine, and bimonthly journal, The Value Examiner®, five-time winner of the prestigious APEX® Award for Publication Excellence. Our training, along with our annual consultants’ conference, are excellent ways to obtain Continuing Professional Education (CPE), and, equally important, build upon one’s professional network.

All successful careers have at their roots a network of peer professionals who support and mentor each other. And though many associations like to think they do a good job in this area, we are one of the few that truly do. Networking among NACVA members usually begins with their initial certification training operated through our sister organization, the Consultants’ Training Institute (CTI). Our Bootcamp style of training, taught from a practitioner’s “in-the-trenches” perspective, is quite rigorous, and pulls people together because attendees quickly learn that two or more minds working together is better than one. After your initial training, the Association has devised engaging ways to draw newly certified as well as seasoned members closer together. This includes weekly/monthly Case Analysis by Phone (or in Person) (CAP) roundtables where members have the opportunity to have their business valuation reports reviewed and critiqued by their peers. It includes dozens of opportunities to attend and mingle at live events each year. It includes State Chapter events where agendas and topics are decided upon and developed by a national committee comprised of local leaders with program execution supported at a local level. Most notable among the many networking events is our annual conference, which attracts 700 to 1,000 members and industry luminaries from around the globe. This is a must-attend event for many members as a way to connect with friends, make new ones, and stay on top of the curve in the cutting-edge consulting disciplines we fully support: Business Valuation, Litigation Consulting, Expert Witnessing, Financial Forensics and Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Consulting, Exit Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, Professional Standards and Ethics, and Practice Management Strategies.

Distinguishing our Association from most others are the great strides we take to get members involved. This serves two primary purposes: first, association involvement is a way to help members build their reputations and credibility; second, 20 years ago NACVA’s founders realized that supporting an industry was bigger than they were, and the best way to rise above the challenge was to find and facilitate ways for members to help each other. This led to the creation of Boards, Committees, Teams, Task Forces, and Support Groups—all contributing to the benefit and wealth of our membership. It is from these groups, and the many hundreds of people that support them, that most of the ideas have come to make NACVA a model association for others to follow. But most particularly, and often unexpectedly, it is within these groups that relationships are formed, be that friends, mentors, respected acquaintances, and even partners.

To truly appreciate what NACVA membership can do for your career, you need to join, even if it is at the low-cost Associate level, which will gain you access to most every benefit of membership and plug you into a network of over 7,000 financial professionals. Then, if you wish to pursue a credential, become a Practitioner member. At either level, however, you are assured a rewarding relationship with NACVA.

You’ll find what members have to say about NACVA and the Value of Membership throughout the Association brochure.

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