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Fellow/Diplomate Certification

The American Board of Vocatonal Experts (ABVE) has set forth the following formalized standard for identifying persons for board certification as Vocational Experts. The person must:

A) Hold a Master's or Doctorate degree from an accredited institution in human service field specializing in vocational rehabilitation, psychology, vocational counseling, etc.;

B) Have specific training and experience in such areas as assessment, functional capacity measures, psychological testing and measurement, job analysis, job placement, job surveys, and have experience providing testimony in these areas;

C) Display knowledge and expertise within a submitted forensic work product; and,

D) Attain a passing score on the ABVE examination.

E) Sign and adhere to the ABVE Code of Ethics.

Please complete the application below and mail it to ABVE Headquarters along with the remaining application requirements.
Download the brochure to learn more

* Note: Please allow 60 - 90 days for your application to be reviewed.

* Note: Completed applications for certification must be received by January 18, 2019 in order to be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam on April 11th, 2019.

Diplomate/Fellow Application 

Download, complete and print the application.

Click here for the Code of Ethics - applicants are asked to sign the last page and send in with application.

Fellow Upgrade Application 

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Knowledge Enhancement for Vocational Experts (Exam Prep)
Resource available to new applicants invited to take certification exam to enhance their knowledge about vocational forensic testimony.

Download References and Bibliography

Download KES Suggested Readings

Download KES Study Guide

Download Content for Discussion

Definition of Areas of Practice and Specialty/Services on ABVE Member Directory

Members listed in the online member directory may list Area(s) of Practice with the specialty/service being designated as numbers within the Area(s) of Practice. The Areas of Practice are listed below A through F along with the specialty/service.

ABVE Reference Form

Click here for the ABVE Reference Form. It will help guide your references to provide the information that we need to properly review your application.

Areas of Practice 

A) Workers’ Compensation, 1-7 
B) Personal Injury Litigation, 7-12 
C) Marital Dissolution, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12 
D) Civil Rights, 3, 6, 7 
- ADA 
- Age Discrimination 
E) Social Security, 2, 3, 6 
F) Wrongful Death, 9, 10, 11 
G) Other Areas of Practice (please list in the space provided below)


The following specialties and services are within the scope of one or more areas of practice shown above. A specialty or service is included in an area of practice if its number is included after that area of practice.

  1. Case management
  2. Labor market surveys
  3. Vocational evaluation/TSA
  4. Job placement
  5. Rehabilitation planning
  6. Job analysis/modification
  7. Loss of earning capacity
  8. Life care planning
  9. Loss of household services
  10. Hedonics/consortium
  11. Economic analysis
  12. Psychological counseling, assessment, treatment

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