Level 1 – Associate Practitioner
Who would want to become an “Associate Practitioner”?
This is an ideal qualification for anyone who needs to think about a broader definition of value in their work, value that includes social and environmental value not just economic. There are two broad categories of people; those that prepare accounts of value (doing the measurement) and those who use the accounts (making the management decisions). This qualification is designed for both groups.
For practitioners, for whom measurement, data collection and writing reports is a regular task, this is the first step on the ladder and it is recommended that after achieving level one they progress to the level 2 and 3 practitioner statuses which test more thoroughly the technical knowledge required and the practical application of the principles in preparing an account of value.
SVI also recognises that quite often the decision makers are not the people preparing the account. These people will use the ‘account of value’ to inform the decisions they want to make that are based on a broader definition of value. The level one status helps these people know enough about the SVI framework, its benefits and to advocate for application of the principles. The subsequent practitioner levels (2 and 3) might not be something that these people ever do.
What does the online exam test?
The exam tests for a theoretical understanding and knowledge of Social Value International’s framework for accounting for value specifically the Principles of Social Value. Passing the exam demonstrates that the individual understands the urgency that underpins the social value movement and the basic propositions that underpin SVI’s framework of accountability and maximising value.
The exam is designed to, first and foremost, test and then recognise where individuals clearly understand SVI’s key concepts, have an alignment with our shared philosophy or ‘mindset’ required to change the way the world prepares an account of value and use it to make decisions that address inequality and wellbeing of people and planet. Whilst there are some questions that test for understanding of some technical knowledge and competence in preparing an account of value, this is not the main purpose of the exam.
“The Level 1 Associate Status is less about testing technical competence and more about testing whether individuals ‘get it’, whether they understand why SVI exists, what we stand for and what the principles are designed to do.”
– Ben Carpenter, CEO, Social Value International
In addition to passing this exam, all applicants must also sign a commitment to good practice. This is similar to an oath or ethical commitment that other professions use. Signing this demonstrates the individual’s commitment to implement the SVI framework in their practice whether that is preparing accounts of value or by using them. See the final section of this document.
Structure and types of questions in the exam
The exam is split into 6 sections mirroring the modules of the popular Social Value and SROI Practitioner Training (Accredited by SVI).
- Section 1 – Key concepts and purpose of the SVI Framework
- Section 2 – Identifying stakeholders and outcomes (Principles 1,2 and 4)
- Section 3 – Measuring the amount of changes (Principles 2 and 4)
- Section 4 – Valuing changes to outcomes (Principle 3)
- Section 5 – From outcomes to impact, how to avoid overclaiming (Principle 5)
- Section 6 – Reporting & embedding social value into decision making (Principle 6 and 7)
These sections also align to the stages of doing an SROI and reflect a typical ‘impact management cycle’ therefore can be seen as a sequential and practical way to go through the principles. As each principle is raised, the exam includes the following types of questions:
- What is the purpose of this principle? What does it do? (testing that applicants understand the reason why it exists and are able to link it back to the basic propositions underpinning the SVI Framework)
- Definition of some key terms (testing some basic technical understanding)
- What does application of this principle look like in practice (testing some technical and practical understanding of the principle)
Level 1 Associate Practitioner status does not require applicants to make any calculations. All questions are either; multiple choice, True/False or ‘fill in the gaps’. One point is available for each question. A pass mark of at least 70% is required in each section.
The questions are a mixture with approximately 80% of exam marks testing for the overall understanding of the principles and SVI propositions and 20% of exam marks are earned via responses to more technical questions about the application of the principles. The time limit for this exam is 90 minutes.
- Level 1 Associate Practitioner status shows: The applicant has demonstrated theoretical competence in social value and impact management in line with the SVI Framework.
- Assessment Criteria:
- Successful completion of online Social Value and Impact Management exam.
- Signed copy of Social Value Commitment to Good Practice.
- Personal statement of interest and commitment to Social Value, Impact Management and social impact assessment or SROI.
- Valid for: 2 years.
- Opportunities for progression:
- Can progress to become a Level 2 Accredited Practitioner or Level 3 Advanced Practitioner.
- Eligibility for delivering short Social Value, Impact Management or SROI courses accredited by SVI.
- Price: £300+VAT (Discounts may apply, please get in touch for more information).
To become a Level 1 Associate Practitioner it is expected that you will have a reasonably well developed theoretical understanding of social value, impact management and the SVI Framework for accounting for value guided by the Social Value Principles.
To develop this understanding, you can:
- Participate in an accredited training programme.
- Work through the SVI E-Learning Zone ‘Practitioner Package’.
- Revise using the SVI Standards and Guidance.
- Read and work through the ‘SVI Social Value and Impact Management Exam Details and Reading list’.
It is important to familiarise yourself with all of these documents before applying. All 3 of these documents will need completing and submitting with your application before sitting your Social Value and Impact Management Exam:
- Terms and Conditions of Application
- SVI Practitioner Commitment to Good Practice
- Personal Statement of Interest in Social Value and Impact Management. This is a statement of no longer than 1 page of a4 about your involvement and interest in social value and impact management). Download a template document here.
Make Your Application:
An application can be made at any time in the year. Results will then be released in the next results window after application. There are 4 results rounds throughout the year (one each quarter). All rounds are listed on the assurance calendar on the SVI website.
Please note that payment is taken through the application form. If this is a problem and you would rather pay via invoice, please contact the assurance team.
Sitting Your SVI Social Value and Impact Management Exam:
When you submit your application for Level 1 Associate Practitioner status, you will be contacted via email with a link where you can take the exam.
PLEASE NOTE: Fully completed applications including completed exam need to be received by Social Value UK at least 1 week before the results round so that the application can be processed in time for the round.
Renew Your Status:
To renew your SVI Practitioner status, please click the button below. The cost of renewal is £100 + VAT. Renewing will extend your status for two years.
Testimonials and Level 1 Experiences
Becoming an Associate Practitioner with Social Value International is an invaluable part of the work that I do and want to do in the future. I am excited to be part of a global community that is working towards changing the way that business, organisations and governments operate as we strive to create a more sustainable and happier world. I hope to play my part in this and be someone who contributes meaningfully to this evolving and exciting movement.Penny Court
Working in an international setting and with sustainable development projects, the methodology of SVI/SVUK and social value movement is important to my work and I want to participate and contribute to this.Charlotte Österman
I have been a member of Social Value UK since four years back and I’m also one of the Council’s Advisors. With the new AP L1, I look forward to not only continuing to stay involved as before – but to also increase my involvement in the more “technical” aspects of social value.