Membership : Overview
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.
DIPLOMATE (ABVE/D) ($220 Annual Fee) status requires seven (7) years of documented experience in the area of assessment of vocational capacity and vocational expert opinion and demonstration of distinguished performance or recognition as a vocational expert, in addition to the above requirements. This might include the following: published works; leadership position in a professional organization; presentation of papers at professional organization; presentation of papers at professional seminars; and/or sitting on study groups or legislative committees to enhance the professionalism of an organization.
FELLOW (ABVE/F) ($220 Annual Fee) status requires three (3) years of documented experience in assessment of vocational capacity and vocational expert forensics in addition to the requirements listed above.
ACTIVE EMERITUS (ABVE/AE) ($73 Annual Fee) status is for members who are semi-retired and may still be engaged in some vocational analysis cases. Members in the Active Emeritus category must adhere to the following criteria: a) Must have been a past active member of ABVE at the Diplomate level; b) Are not engaged in more than six (6) vocational analysis cases per year; c) Pay an annual membership fee equal to one half that of the Diplomate category; d) Maintain 14 CEU’s for each three year certification cycle; e) Retain one vote as a member of ABVE; and f) must adhere to all other requirements of membership in ABVE as determined by the current Code of Ethics and By Laws documents.
Non-Certification Membership Levels
ASSOCIATE ($140 Annual Fee) membership is for individuals who do not otherwise qualify or choose not to seek the ABVE Certification process but who demonstrate a high interest in the mission of ABVE. Individuals may directly apply for Associate Membership to ABVE if they do not intend to become Board Certified as either Fellow or Diplomate levels but desire to be a part of the organization.
EMERITUS ($73 Annual Fee) membership is for formerly certified individuals who are now fully retired.
STUDENT ($60 Annual Fee)membership is to accord individuals attending graduate school, private training programs and other educational phases in the Human Service fields which specialize in vocational rehabilitation, psychology, vocational counseling, and other related fields. Members in this category receive the Student Rate at ABVE Conferences, a certificate of membership, the ABVE Newsletter and may serve on ABVE Committee.
All Memberships Expire December 31st of each year. We do not prorate dues.
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.
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
- 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.
- Case management
- Labor market surveys
- Vocational evaluation/TSA
- Job placement
- Rehabilitation planning
- Job analysis/modification
- Loss of earning capacity
- Life care planning
- Loss of household services
- Economic analysis
- Psychological counseling, assessment, treatment