On October 7, 2018, we presented a webinar to provide an update on the development of the process to become a "PAVA-Recognized Vocologist." The full video of the webinar is available below. The presentation is approximately 30 minutes followed by 17 minutes of live Q & A. You may also download a handout of the material on the slides.

Video timeline

  • 00:00 Introduction to PAVA
  • 02:53 Discussion of PAVA-RV background and progress
  • 21:24 Overview of proposed portfolio application process
  • 27:21 Next steps
  • 31:10 Q & A

Frequently-Asked Questions

PAVA Recognized Vocologist (PAVA-RV) Designation (REVISED 07/08/2020)

PAVA is a multidisciplinary, member-driven organization comprised of voice professionals from numerous voice-related disciplines including Acting and Speaking Voice Habilitation, Choral Conducting, Laryngology, Manual Therapy and Bodywork, Music Education, Performance, Singing Voice Habilitation, Speech Language Pathology, Vocal Coaching and Music Directing, Voice Science, and Vocology Research. PAVA serves to bridge these disciplines toward the common goal of understanding all aspects of vocalization. Below are some frequently asked questions to help members better understand the development of the PAVA Recognized Vocologist (PAVA-RV) designation.

1. Why is PAVA developing a recognition for vocologists?

The purpose of the PAVA Recognition is to recognize established professionals in Vocology and encourage and recognize their multidisciplinary knowledge and experience across all vocology disciplines. 

2. What is the process for becoming a PAVA-RV?

The current recommendations for the PAVA-RV credentialing process include a hybrid application that assesses: 

  • an applicant’s established profession and multi-disciplinary Vocology experiences

  • an assessment of knowledge across the domains of Vocology 

All applicants, regardless of background/education/experience, will be required to follow the same process to ensure consistency and integrity of the recognition process.

3. Can anyone become a PAVA-RV?

Much thought and effort has been put into accommodating the numerous, interdisciplinary backgrounds that comprise PAVA membership. In alignment with these efforts, the process of obtaining recognition will be interdisciplinary and open to all PAVA Voting Members in good standing.

4. How has PAVA developed the PAVA-RV process?

PAVA first established the Credentialing/Specialization committee, charged with establishing standards for a general knowledge-base that is germane to all Vocology disciplines and to create a method to assess this body of knowledge. The Credentialing/Specialization committee formed the Standards Selection subcommittee and the Feasibility subcommittee, comprised of diverse voice professionals. As we progress, we are cognizant of the numerous disciplines involved and we have ensured that committees will continue to have representatives from as many disciplines as possible.

5.   What is the status of the Standards Selection subcommittee? What did that committee accomplish? 

The Standards Selection subcommittee developed recommendations regarding the content that should be included in an assessment tool, which will be used, in part, to determine an applicant’s candidacy to receive the designation of PAVA-RV. The information has been agreed upon by subcommittee consensus to be accurate, germane, and to cover a wide variety of subtopics within Vocology. In addition to the assessment, this information will guide potential webinars and learning modules for PAVA members. 

6.   What is the status of the Feasibility subcommittee? What did that subcommittee accomplish? 

The Feasibility subcommittee analyzed and made recommendations to the Credentialing/Specialization committee pertaining to the financial, legal, and practical feasibility of implementing an assessment tool for the PAVA-RV designation. The subcommittee recommended that applicants be assessed through a hybrid tool that included a test and a portfolio that would demonstrate applicants’ professional credentials. The subcommittee developed the portfolio requirements in consultation with focus groups of PAVA members. The portfolio framework requires applicants to submit supporting documentation that demonstrates (a) they are currently established in a profession related to Vocology, and (b) they have obtained multidisciplinary experiences across a range of Vocology disciplines and areas. The PAVA Board of Directors approved the Feasibility subcommittee’s portfolio framework in May, 2020. 

7.   What is the status of the rolling out of PAVA-RV? 

The Credentialing/Specialization committee completed their work in April 2020. A new committee, the Implementation committee, has been charged with developing a plan to implement the hybrid testing and portfolio model as outlined by the Credentialing/Specialization committee. 

8. Will PAVA-RV certify me to do therapy/teach singing/be a researcher/etc.?

No, PAVA-RV recognizes your established professional credentials and multidisciplinary understanding of and experience in Vocology. It will not train or certify you in voice habilitation, rehabilitation, or any other Vocology discipline. Obtaining PAVA Recognition indicates that one has demonstrated knowledge and experiences across Vocology disciplines but does not seek to evaluate or endorse the application of this knowledge. Obtaining PAVA recognition does not in any way credential any voice professional to rehabilitate injured voices. 

9. Is PAVA trying to regulate who can teach voice or provide voice therapy?

The intent of PAVA recognition is not to govern or regulate any discipline, rather our hope is that it will add credibility to our members’ established professional credentials (especially in fields not formally regulated) and encourage multidisciplinary study of all Vocology disciplines that can inform members’ established profession. PAVA strives to recognize educational knowledge and experiences in Vocology, but does not attempt to regulate anyone's practice.

Please view the webinar above for additional information.

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