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Social Value Professional Pathway – A Sneak Peek

In this article, we will introduce the Professional Pathway put forward by Social Value International (SVI). We will begin by understanding the essence of the pathway, followed by an examination of the Levels and explain what they have to offer.

The Social Value Professional Pathway

Social Value assessments and impact management are becoming increasingly prominent, demanding skilled and accredited professionals. These experts aid organisations in measuring their impact and producing reliable accountability reports. This article introduces the Social Value Professional Pathway produced by Social Value International (SVI). We’ll start by grasping the pathway’s essence, exploring its levels and their offerings. While also sharing valuable insights from practitioners who have directly benefited from the pathway.

What is the Social Value Professional Pathway?

Social value is understanding people’s well-being priorities for better decision-making. The SVI Professional Pathway helps professionals become accredited trainers, consultants, and report assessors. It offers a clear roadmap for upskilling in guiding, training, and reviewing organisations’ social value and impact assessments across various locations, sectors or Sustainable Development Goals. The IMM sector is projected to grow by 300% and reach USD 8 billion by 2030, indicating rising demand for IMM services and professionals.

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Understanding the Levels on the Social Value Pathway

This pathway, composed of three progressive levels, empowers practitioners to enhance their skills, knowledge, and practical application of the SVI framework. Here we discuss what level 1, 2, and 3 provides.

Level 1: Social Value Associate

Level 1: International Social Value Associate

The first stage of the SVI Professional Pathway introduces Social Value Associates, marking the beginning of their journey. At this level, practitioners attain theoretical expertise in social value and impact management, aligning with the SVI Framework. Certification at Level 1 indicates a thorough grasp of social value theory to clients, employers, and partners.

What do I need to do to pass?

To pass the exam, you need 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.

How do I need to prepare?

Study the reading list, engage in accredited training (such as our accredited Social Value Course - it is a non-required but ideal preparation to pass the exam) and review the exam details.

What do I get upon completion?

Upon completion, you will receive the Social Value Associate Status. This is an internationally recognised qualification demonstrating your competence in impact measurement and management. You also gain access to networking opportunities and potential career advancement in various sectors.

Level 2: Social Value Accredited Practitioner

Level 2: International Accredited Practitioner
As practitioners advance through the SVI Professional Pathway, they reach Level 2, known as Accredited Practitioners. At this stage, they can receive more support and utilise mentoring or undergo a pre-assurance check, while being able to have some limitations in their reports. Level 2 practitioners demonstrate practical competence in applying social value and impact assessment methodologies within the SVI Framework. The emphasis shifts from theoretical understanding to the application of concepts in real-world scenarios.

Becoming an Accredited Practitioner signifies the ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice, making you a valuable asset to projects and organisations aiming to create tangible social value. This expertise boosts professional credibility and empowers individuals to lead social impact initiatives effectively.

What do I need to do to pass?

To pass the Social Value Accredited Practitioner Level 2 exam, you must put your theoretical knowledge into practice. You can do this by undertaking a social value, or SROI analysis, and will be required to submit a report for assurance. You also need to have completed an SVI Accredited Training course.

How do I need to prepare?

To prepare for the exam, besides completing the mandatory Accredited Training, you should review SVI Standards, the SROI Guide, and the SVI Report Assurance Standard. It is recommended to review other reports in the SVUK Report Database. While considering the use of Pre-Assurance Outcomes Check service to support your report development.

What do I get upon completion?

Upon successful completion, you will achieve Social Value Accredited Practitioner Level 2 status. This is an internationally recognised qualification demonstrating your practical skills in social value and impact assessment. This status lasts for 2 years and can assist you in advancing your career in various sectors.

Level 3: Social Value Advanced Practitioner

Level 3: International Advanced Practitioner
The main difference between Level 2 Accredited Practitioner and Level 3 Advanced Practitioner statuses lies in the level of independence and depth of practice. Level 3 practitioners demonstrate advanced competence by producing reports without limitations. While also encompassing the concerns of all stakeholders, and achieving this without additional mentoring or staggered assurance, and showcasing an elevated level of social value and SROI expertise. It is worth noting that applicants can directly advance from Level 1 Associate to Level 3 Advanced Practitioner without needing to achieve Level 2 status.

What do I need to do to pass?

To pass the exam and achieve Social Value Advanced Practitioner Level 3 status, you need to successfully complete an Accredited Training Course. Gain assurance for a Social Impact or SROI analysis and provide an overview statement of your commitment to Social Value and Impact Management. Successfully complete an interview, and hold the Level 1 Associate status (Level 2 is not required).

How do I need to prepare?

To prepare, apart from the mandatory Accredited Training, it is essential to thoroughly review SVI Standards, the SROI Guide, and the SVI Report Assurance Standard. Examining reports in the SVUK Report Database can be helpful in understanding best practices.

What do I get upon completion?

Upon completion, you attain Social Value Advanced Practitioner Level 3 status. A globally recognised qualification that showcases your advanced skills in social value and social impact assessment. This certification can greatly enhance your career prospects across various sectors.

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Your Journey Through the SVI Professional Pathway

The SVI Professional Pathway is a beacon of professional growth, guiding individuals toward social value and impact management. It offers a structured progression from basic knowledge to practical expertise. While also guiding practitioners to evolve from theoretical comprehension to impactful application. As practitioners advance, they gain recognition, credibility, and the ability to drive change. The SVI Professional Pathway isn’t just a certification process. It’s a transformative journey that equips practitioners to reshape how the world accounts for value and makes a lasting difference in society.  

Are you interested in learning more about the required Accredited Training to pass Levels 2 and 3 of the Pathway? Check out Efiko Academy’s Impact Measurement Social Value Training course below!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Social Value?

Social value is understanding the relative importance that people place on changes to their wellbeing and using the insights we gain from this understanding to make better decisions. 

What is the SVI Professional Pathway?

The SVI Professional Pathway is a structured program designed to help individuals develop expertise in social value measurement and management. It offers training and resources to enhance their ability to create and assess social and environmental value, contributing to more sustainable and impactful decision-making.

What is a Social Value Practitioner?

A Social Value Practitioner is someone who has demonstrated practical competence in the application of social impact and value assessment in line with the Social Value International Framework.
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