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About Our Organization

The American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE) is a professional credentialing body established as a not-for-profit organization. Its Diplomates and Fellows have academic preparation in several disciplines (rehabilitation, psychology, economics and various aligned disciplines) and in assessment, counseling and consulting. Prior to completion of the certification process, professionals may be associate or student members of ABVE.

The American Board of Vocational Experts, representing both the private and the public sectors, was founded in 1980 to preserve the integrity, standards, ethics, and uniqueness of vocational experts. As litigation continues to proliferate, the need for qualified vocational experts becomes greater every day.

The certified vocational expert is expected to keep abreast of the effects of personal injury on earning capacity, labor market changes, hiring practices, and knowledge of occupational requirements, as well as the growth and decline patterns in local labor markets. The American Board of Vocational Experts, through professional educational seminars and publications, keeps the certified vocational expert current in the field of changing and developing issues.

Our Mission and Goals

The American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE) is dedicated to promoting forensic vocational credentialing, education, training and research through enhancing the competency of its members. To pursue this purpose, ABVE will continually strive to achieve the following goals:

  • Credentialing - maintain the highest standards of forensic competency and integrity; maintain accountability through enforcement of professional standards; provide a “bench marked” credentialing process that includes knowledge testing and peer review of forensic work products;
  • Education & Training - create and develop innovative continuing education and career enhancement opportunities; provide professional annotated bibliographies about forensic matters; provide topic specific seminars designed to enhance the forensic professional;
  • Research & Cooperative Relationships - promote public and private research concerning topics that impact the profession of forensic vocational analysis and psychometric testing; to maintain cooperative relationships and activities with allied organizations in pursuit of the mission and purposes of ABVE;
  • Promoting Certification - actively promote the use of board-certified vocational experts and psychometric evaluators.


Our Bylaws

The ABVE bylaws are available using adobe acrobat format for easy reading and printing.

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Our Code of Ethics

The American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE) requires each member of the organization to ascribe to and affirm the tenants of the organization’s Code of Ethics while engaged in forensic based activity, and area also required to renew this allegiance at the beginning of each membership renewal cycle (3-years).

Download the Code of Ethics Document

Ethics Complaints Processing Instructions & Form - The first link will direct you through the ABVE Ethics Complaint Process, how to file, and necessary documentation needed to be able to submit an official ABVE Ethics Complaint. The second link direct you to the actual Ethics Complaint Form, This form needs to be filled out in its entirtly and submitted to headquarter along with with all other documentation. 

Please note - All Ethics Complaints must be submitted within 2-years of the date the alleged infraction occured in order to be considered by the Ethics Committee/Chair.

Download ABVE Procedure for Processing Complaints

Download the Code of Ethics Complaint Form Document


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