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Certification question -- again


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#1 Patty@eXPERTSupport

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:13 AM

Hello and good Friday to everyone! I have another certification question -- I just couldn't find where I had posted this question before, so I do apologize if I'm being redundant. I am interested in the certification program here on the VANetworking forum. But my concern is that I have not been "in business" for over a year yet. Although my background as a corporate executive assistant goes back 25 years (yikes), I'm just starting my new career as a VA. Will this affect my certification process? Should I wait until I've actually been in business for a year? Thank you so much in advance for your answer, and again, I'm sorry for posting my certification question again :unsure:

#2 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:03 PM

Until you have been in business for one year, there is no sense applying as this is prerequisite for our VAcertified.com certification. The reason the board decided upon this prerequisite is because there had been many fly-by-night people becoming a VA overnight. We want to see that you have been in business for one year practicing as a VA. That can be in the form of a business registration, tax returns, paid invoices dated back a year, etc.

#3 Patty@eXPERTSupport

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:20 PM

Thank you, Tawnya, for your reply. Although I'm disappointed to hear that, I can see the reasoning behind it. I officially began my company in May 2010, so it looks like I've six months to go to reach my one-year mark. :thumbup:

#4 jerri g

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 06:53 AM

Until you have been in business for one year, there is no sense applying as this is prerequisite for our VAcertified.com certification. The reason the board decided upon this prerequisite is because there had been many fly-by-night people becoming a VA overnight. We want to see that you have been in business for one year practicing as a VA. That can be in the form of a business registration, tax returns, paid invoices dated back a year, etc.

Hi Tawnya,

This is of interest to me. My business has been registered for 1 year and I have been in the planning stages of my VA business as well. Although, to my disappointment I have yet aquire a client yet. My website is up and I am ready to go. I have been visible on Twitter, FB and LinkedIn as well as VA networking. Am I eligible to become vacertified?

#5 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 01:00 PM


Until you have been in business for one year, there is no sense applying as this is prerequisite for our VAcertified.com certification. The reason the board decided upon this prerequisite is because there had been many fly-by-night people becoming a VA overnight. We want to see that you have been in business for one year practicing as a VA. That can be in the form of a business registration, tax returns, paid invoices dated back a year, etc.

Hi Tawnya,

This is of interest to me. My business has been registered for 1 year and I have been in the planning stages of my VA business as well. Although, to my disappointment I have yet aquire a client yet. My website is up and I am ready to go. I have been visible on Twitter, FB and LinkedIn as well as VA networking. Am I eligible to become vacertified?


Jerri, certification is based on many factors. These are the areas we will assess via a series of questions with supporting documentation required during the certification process:

* Government Education
o High School Graduation
o College/Trade Certifications
o University Degrees
* Virtual Assistant-related Education
o VA Training Programs
o Coaching/Mentoring Hours
o Further Education
o Certifications
* Work/Professional Experience
o Self employment history (Min. 1 year in business)
o Client testimonials
o Previous Admin/Corporate Work Experience
* Professional Accomplishments
o Online Presence
o VA related Volunteer Work
o Industry Participation
o Industry Promotion/Growth

A VAcertified.com virtual assistant is someone who has demonstrated he or she is the whole package: professional, skilled, and morally bound to the VA-client.relationship.

#6 jerri g

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:29 PM



Until you have been in business for one year, there is no sense applying as this is prerequisite for our VAcertified.com certification. The reason the board decided upon this prerequisite is because there had been many fly-by-night people becoming a VA overnight. We want to see that you have been in business for one year practicing as a VA. That can be in the form of a business registration, tax returns, paid invoices dated back a year, etc.

Hi Tawnya,

This is of interest to me. My business has been registered for 1 year and I have been in the planning stages of my VA business as well. Although, to my disappointment I have yet aquire a client yet. My website is up and I am ready to go. I have been visible on Twitter, FB and LinkedIn as well as VA networking. Am I eligible to become vacertified?


Jerri, certification is based on many factors. These are the areas we will assess via a series of questions with supporting documentation required during the certification process:

* Government Education
o High School Graduation
o College/Trade Certifications
o University Degrees
* Virtual Assistant-related Education
o VA Training Programs
o Coaching/Mentoring Hours
o Further Education
o Certifications
* Work/Professional Experience
o Self employment history (Min. 1 year in business)
o Client testimonials
o Previous Admin/Corporate Work Experience
* Professional Accomplishments
o Online Presence
o VA related Volunteer Work
o Industry Participation
o Industry Promotion/Growth

A VAcertified.com virtual assistant is someone who has demonstrated he or she is the whole package: professional, skilled, and morally bound to the VA-client.relationship.

Thank you Tawnya. I have accomplished a little over half with documentation. I will continue and be the whole package soon and when I am I will apply to become VA certified :D




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