This page contains a listing of both professional development opportunities offered through the VMPNS, VMPC as well as through external sources. More resources will be added as they become available.
VMPNS Professional Development Opportunities
Monthly Halifax Network Meetings
For up-to-date information on network meeting times and dates visit our Events Calendar.
On the last Friday of each month the VMPNS holds a Network Meeting for it's members. The monthly network meetings are an opportunity for members to meet, discuss issues they may be facing, and for the educational opportunities through guest speakers. We have been so fortunate to host some wonderful guest speakers, engage in some thought-provoking conversations and have some amazing opportunities to share resources. Below is a list of some of our past meeting topics:
*Community Sector of Nova Scotia
*HRM Volunteer Services
*Volunteer Recruitment (websites, tools, tips and more)
*Skills Nova Scotia
*Working with Volunteers with special needs
*Criminal & Vulnerable Sector searches
*Provincial Volunteer Awards
*Screening for volunteers under the age of 18
*Volunteer databases/record keeping
*Volunteer performance evaluation/feedback
*Engaging volunteers in leadership positions
VMPC Professional Development Opportunities
2019 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference Dates: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM Atlantic Registration is now open.
The Future is Now’ is a volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC. Now in its fifth year, this year's topic will explore how leaders of volunteers can move from managing to LEADING. Our current streaming event will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think TED talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.
This year’s presenter lineup includes: Rob Jackson, Liza J. Dyer, CVA, Amira Barger, CVA, and Erin Spink, CVA. The session will be hosted and moderated by Dana Litwin, CVA.
Read more about the workshops and presenters at: https://www.betterimpact.tv/vmhc/.
No matter where you live in the country you can gain education through the Web! The Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada offers free webinars to its members and posting recordings of previous webinars in the members-only section for on demand viewing. View current offerings and register here http://www.vmpc.ca/cgi/page.cgi/Member_Only_Webinars.html.
The CVA Professional Credential Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is an international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management. Sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), this credential recognizes practitioners who meet specified standards as measured through an examination developed by their peers.
Successful candidates who earn the credential may use the designation “CVA.” An international CVA registry is maintained and publicly available on the CCVA web site: http://cvacert.org/resources-and-media/cva-registry/
Unlike certificate programs that involve classes or courses, the CVA is a competency-based professional certification program. Intended for those with a strong foundation in volunteer administration, it is a self-study program that measures an individual’s “knowledge-in-use” — the application of knowledge and skills as documented by a current competency framework. The certification exam assesses a candidate’s ability to structure tasks, process ideas, and solve problems related to volunteer engagement.
The CVA certification is:
open to paid and non-paid individuals from all types of organizations
grounded in a current body of knowledge, identified and validated by a Job Analysis process
a defining standard of excellence and professionalism in the leadership and engagement of volunteers
internationally recognized, and open to anyone who is comfortable reading and testing in English
renewable every five years by earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) via a wide variety of activities
VMPC members receive a discount on the Certification in Volunteer Administration Exam.
Professional Development Opportunities Offered by Halifax Volunteer Services
Step up to Leadership
Halifax Regional Municipality, NS - Multiple dates
Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Services offers a free, 9-session “Step Up to Leadership” course. The course was developed by volunteers, for volunteers. It covers a wide range of topics to help you develop leadership skills and build strong communities.