Updated: October 25, 2017

The Registry of Professional Vocational Evaluators (RPVE) has decided to dissolve the registry.

When will the changes take effect?

As of December 31st, 2017 RPVE will no longer accept new applications, but move to maintenance and renewals only until December 31st, 2022.

Why was this decision made?

Many reasons contributed to this decision.

The Registry of Professional Vocational Evaluators (RPVE) is governed by volunteers from all over the country and struggles to find new people to take on the tasks of reviewing applications, renewals, marketing, continuing education, and the many other duties that the registry tries to maintain to keep the vocational evaluation community engaged.

Declining Number of Certified Vocational Evaluators

Recently, the RPVE Chair had a conversation with the Executive Director of CRCC, Cindy Chapman about the current state of Vocational Evaluation. Cindy mentioned that in 2004 there were 1,215 CVE’s, 2009 there were 1,067 and then CCWAVES dissolved.

As of January 2017, there are 552 CVE’s. One half of that number are 60 years old and above, and another quarter are 50 years old and above (totaling three fourths of current CVE’s being the age of 50 years old and above, which may mean certificants may drop below 200 after 2017). This is alarming for the field and many factors other than age play into the declining numbers (i.e. requirements for VE’s across the country are lower, fewer training programs available in VE, availability of employment for recent graduates and so on).

Additional Registry Challenges

Despite multiple efforts to cultivate RPVE, the registry has become more difficult to manage due to a decline in interest, volunteers that have the time and energy to do the necessary work to thrive, and if the registry can continue due to lack of training programs, employment requirements for VE’s, and cost of membership for registrants. Despite our best efforts, the registry can no longer continue in this manner. This decision was made with a heavy heart by the RPVE Board because they believe that the registry could continue to have value for many practitioners, employers, and consumers.

What’s Next?

Communication regarding renewals for the next four years will be released shortly. Thank you for understanding and for your support over the years.

On behalf of the RPVE Board,

Shawn L. Zimmerman M.S. CRC, CVE, PVE
RPVE Chair