NEWS: Virtual Value Methodology Fundamentals (VMF1 Course😊

Tom Fletcher recently conducted a VMF1  (32 hour) virtual training workshop. This was the first time that this course has been approved by SAVE International to be conducted virtually due to the COVID19 pandemic. This format allowed participants from across North America to attend the Value Methodology/ Engineering training without having to incur travel expenses.

The participants joined the training from Ontario & Alberta (Canada) and from New York State, Florida, Michigan and Washington State.

The course was a great success with all participants learning about the fundamentals of the Value Methodology and how to apply the principles in their workplace. The candidates now qualify to write the Value Methodology Exam (VMA) as a first step to becoming a Certified Value Specialist (CVS).

What people are saying from the August 2020 VMF1 training:

  • Shawn, (Ontario, Canada) ; very eye opening, exceeded expectations, looking forward to participating in VM/ VE assignments
  • Aniko (Alberta, Canada); Amazing experience, much better understanding of structured VM process and how it can apply to Systems projects. Interested in pursuing VMA and CVS certification
  • Alejandro (Florida, USA); Great journey, learned a lot and anxious to apply to current and future projects. Interested in pursuing VMA and CVS certification.
  • Mike (Michigan, USA); met expectations, like the structured approach
  • Jordan (Ontario, Canada) really understand the Function Analysis process now.
  • Steve (Washington State, USA); Much better understanding of the VM/VE process. Will work towards VMA and CVS designation


Tom Fletcher was the guest speaker at Value Analysis Canada – Western Canada meeting in Edmonton. The topic was “using value management processes to challenge conventional problem solving techniques.

On May 11th Tom Fletcher conducted a one day value engineering course for a large energy sector client in Edmonton.

The Fletcher Group was awarded the contract to develop Value Management Policies Procedures for Alberta Infrastructure.

The Fletcher Group was awarded the contract to provide Value Management Engineering services through the planning, design and construction phases for two to ten story apartments for a Toronto area church.


Twenty (23) participants from the participants as far away as the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, British Columbia and Ontario attended the Value Engineering Module 1 Course that was conducted by the Fletcher Group and Lucie Parrot.

We also received requests from France, Germany, Denmark and the USA from people that will attend future sessions.

The participants were from a combination of MTO employees, Consulting Engineering firms from across the province and the Philippines and private sector firms from Canada and the USA. Three projects were supplied by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and one from the City of Toronto as case examples for the participants to evaluate. Participants were divided into four groups and used their new skills to create many creative solutions for the project managers to consider.

Thank you to the Ministry (MTO) and Steve Holmes, Senior Value Engineer at MTO & Katrina Blom from the City of Toronto for providing a challenging range of projects for the participants to evaluate.

Course Evaluations:

Excellent comments were received from the participants concerning content and facilitation techniques.. All participants acknowledged the VE methodology will be directly applicable to their work.

What people are saying!

  • Excellent Course; Awesome job. Helped me to critically think and not rely on past projects and procedures.  Amalia MTO
  • Fantastic Course; Function Diagram and functional performance specification will be very helpful on the job  Chris K. (MTO)
  • Training session was wonderful, facilitators were excellent. Course was very eye opening in terms of Value Engineering approach.  Amanullah K. ( United Arab Emiratis)
  • I gained more insight that I can impart into projects that I am working on in Manilla. Very qualified trainers. Very helpful guidance throughout the sessions   Rhiza C. (Philippines)
  • Its an eye opening experience to see how hard it is to reach agreement on a complex project.  Mary Y, Toronto SNC
  • Great job ! Most important thing was learning function analysis to add value to jobs.  David C. (British Columbia)
  • Great week. Now understand the meaning of function analysis. Wayne H. Ontario consultant
Instead of thinking in terms of “things”, Value Analysis changes the thinking process to “functions”

– Larry Miles

The Fletcher Group is awarded the
National Value Engineering Award by AASHTO – July 2013