How is the CVE designation recognized in Canada?
The CVE is recognized as a professional designation by employers and referrals as an attestation to a minimum level of professional competency. While there is no formal recognition, both employers and referrals recognize the expertise of the certificant and the designation is a definite asset when being qualified as a vocational expert in the courts. Further, more recently referral sources such as government agencies and insurances companies in specific provinces are requesting that those individuals conducting vocational evaluation/assessments be certified.
Is there a Canadian version of the certification?
There is no Canadian version of the certification. CAVEWAS (Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment society, a national society of VRAC) investigated this possibility when we first started to pursue certification back in 1995, however it was felt that the standards and competencies required for Canadian vocational evaluators should be no different that that set out by CCWAVES for U.S. evaluators. CAVEWAS is an appointing organization to CCWAVES and has a representative on the Commission to represent and ensure Canadians input.
Q3. What is CCWAVES?
A3.An independent commission whose members are assigned from one of several appointing organizations (CAVEWAS is one of the appointing organizations). CCWAVES' purpose is to identify and certify vocational evaluation and work adjustment professionals in order to provide assurance that those professionals can meet acceptable standards of quality. The existence of such standards is considered to be in the best interests of clients, other practitioners, individuals in allied professions, and the public. (Commission on Certification of Work Adjustment and Vocational Evaluation Specialists, 1992)
Unfortunately, in September 2008, CCWAVES decided to dissolve the organization and CAVEWAS is currently investigating certification from a different professional organization.
How do I get an application for the CVE designation?
Application is currently under review and details on a new designation will be forthcoming.
Q5. Tips for the CVE applicant
Currently under review.
If you have questions, contact a CAVEWAS board member.