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
Please view the calendar for the most up to date information about upcoming network meetings.
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
Provincial & National Conference
In May 2016, we co-hosted the combined national and provincial Volunteer Management Conference, Beyond the Waves: the Potential of Volunteer Management, with the VMPC. Click here to learn more about the conference, and to see photos of the event.
VMPC Professional Development Opportunities
2018 National Volunteer Management Conference - Details TBA
VMPC members receive a discount on the Certification in Volunteer Administration Exam.
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