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virtual assistant approved by came into existence in 2005 to:

  1. Promote best practice in the virtual assistant industry;
  2. create industry wide VA standards; and
  3. Help UK VAs find clients.

As part of this we run a FREE listing for all VAs who abide by the following rules.

More information on how to comply can be found on the links below.  All these conditions must be met BEFORE applying.

VAs wanting to be an approved SVA member should comply with the following VA Standards:

  • Have a website of professional quality. Including a UK mailing address, Client + Website Terms and Conditions, cookie policy*, privacy policy*, and acceptable use policy*.
  • Have professional email addresses. These must be domain specific and no
  • Back up data securely off site.
  • Answer phone calls or emails received within office hours next working day.  Or to have an answerphone or autoresponder giving further information about when you will respond to the query.
  • Be professional.  Only take on tasks which you are fully capable of completing and have suitable professional indemnity insurance.
  • Be based in the UK. We do not list offshore VAs.
  • Be ICO registered.  Have data controller registration via Information Commissioner’s Office.
  • Contribute.  Have contributed to the industry by interacting with our forums, facebook pages or in another demonstrable way.
  • Link.  You must link back to our website.
READ  Virtual Assistant Insurance

* if relevant to your business – this might include collecting data via Google Analytics, using WordPress, hosting comments on a blog or collecting email addresses. If you don’t use these things, you can tick the box as you comply by not using these tools.

SVA reserve the right to remove any virtual assistant and ask that you link back to our site (include approved logos from application page).  If you comply with all of the above, please fill in the form below. Please note: we will do random checks.

By signing up, you will receive email alerts on any relevant jobs, and your details will be listed publicly on the FIND A VA page.  If you wish to unsubscribe from emails or change your listing at any time, you can do so by emailing


  1. Claire on 8 May, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Being a Newbie, I’m thrilled that there is a Scheme like this available. I have set up my website and I think I have most of the bases covered but I think to be able to say that i am approved would be a great addition to my Linkdin profile and website etc. I will be in contact once I have my house in order. Many thanks.

  2. Adrienne Conlon on 17 December, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Just come across this website and have read a few of your articles in the last hour or so. They are all excellent and I’ve been able to take away at least a few things from each one. Really going to study this website a lot more over the coming weeks. Thanks so much!!

  3. Stephanie Evans on 9 April, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    So excited to be waiting for approval now I’ve complied with the necessary criteria. What a great support network the Society is proving to be. I’m just two months in and it’s been a massive help, thank you.

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