Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA)
Merger of Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA) and Certified Valuation Anayst (CVA)
In 2013 the National Association of Certified Valuators announced that the AVA would be merged into the CVA designation. After a transition period which ended March 31, 2014, professionals can only use the CVA designation.
The merger occurred because the two designations indicated essentially the same qualifications. Originally, the CVA was available only to CPAs, while the AVA was for non-CPAs. AVAs had to prove two years of experience in business valuation or areas related to business valuation.