Israel Association of Valuators and Financial Actuaries (IAVFA) encourages practitioners in these disciplines to join IAVFA.
The biggest advantage of IAVFA membership is our organization-wide focus on providing the best association experience possible to our association members. This means providing actual and practical practitioner support for all levels of need, and for all levels of involvement that members have in the various disciplines we support.
Our concern for members—and the seriousness with which we take our responsibility—can be felt at every turn in your relationship with us. You will feel this when talking to our caring headquarters (HQ) staff, you will know this when you talk with other members about their IAVFA experience, and you will be convinced of this when asking for counseling and mentoring guidance from those same members on a matter with which you are challenged. That’s because, in ways we cannot fully explain, IAVFA has evolved into a family of caring and nurturing professionals.
IAVFA supporting financial professionals wanting to pursue a new career in the valuation and financial actuarial science disciplines, by providing training, certification, software and technical support, set the tone for who we are today. Every fiber of our existence is about filling voids to provide for the needs of our members.
All successful careers have at their roots a network of peer professionals who support and mentor each other. And though many associations like to think they do a good job in this area, we are one of the few that truly do. Networking among IAVFA members usually begins with their initial certification training. Our Bootcamp style of training, taught from a practitioner’s “in-the-trenches” perspective, is quite rigorous, and pulls people together because attendees quickly learn that two or more minds working together is better than one. After your initial training, the Association has devised engaging ways to draw newly certified as well as seasoned members closer together. This includes many opportunities to attend and mingle at live events each year. Membership in IAVFA provides access to a professional corporate and quantitative valuations on-line library, databases, sophisticated calculation tools, updated professional material, networking, job placement services, online Q&As, roundtable forum, a stage for publishing professional articles and papers, and discounts for participating in certification programs, continuing professional education program, conferences, training seminars and workshops. IAVFA established a roundtable forum in order to produce a professional discussion and a stage for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas on issues which are on the agenda. The forum will meet on a periodic basis and the discussion summary will be distributed to IAVFA's members. Under IAVFA's activity every member could get professional advisory and support, through IAVFA's consultants or strategic partners in the following areas: valuations, financial actuarial science, legal advice etc. Every IAVFA's is entiteled for a one free of charge consulting meeting.
Distinguishing our Association from most others are the great strides we take to get members involved. This serves two primary purposes: first, association involvement is a way to help members build their reputations and credibility; second, IAVFA’s founders realized that supporting an industry was bigger than they were, and the best way to rise above the challenge was to find and facilitate ways for members to help each other. This led to the creation of Boards, Committees, Teams, Task Forces, and Support Groups—all contributing to the benefit and wealth of our membership. It is from these groups, and the many hundreds of people that support them, that most of the ideas have come to make IAVFA a model association for others to follow. But most particularly, and often unexpectedly, it is within these groups that relationships are formed, be that friends, mentors, respected acquaintances, and even partners.
To truly appreciate what IAVFA membership can do for your career, you need to join, even if it is at the low-cost Associate level, which will gain you access to most every benefit of membership and plug you into a network of financial professionals. Then, if you wish to pursue a credential, become a Practitioner member. At either level, however, you are assured a rewarding relationship with IAVFA.