Certified Employee Benefits Specialist-CEBS®

GBA Group Benefits Associate
RPA Retirement Plans Associate
CMS Compensation Management Specialist
Cosponsored by The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Program and Purpose

CEBS® is a highly regarded professional designation that can be earned by benefits professionals through a comprehensive and rigorous program of study. Many major corporations have validated the program by requiring their benefits officers to have the CEBS® designation. Several major new developments in the CEBS® program reflect the changes in the benefits industry.

The CEBS® Program Spells Opportunity For...

  • Persons new to the benefits field who will gain a solid knowledge base of the concepts and principles upon which employee benefits plans are designed
  • Experienced benefits professionals who will gain from a valuable refresher course and earn public recognition and respect for their expertise

Who Should Enroll?

  • Accountants
  • Actuaries
  • Attorneys
  • Benefits Consultants
  • Benefits Personnel
  • Compensation Specialists
  • Group Insurance Specialists
  • HR Specialists
  • Insurance Agents and Regulators
  • Investment Specialists
  • Plan Administrators
  • Small Business Managers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Trust Officers
  • Anyone Interested in Pursuing a Career in Employee Benefits

Enrollment Criteria

There are no formal educational or experience requirements, and there are no course prerequisites. You may enroll in any course without the goal of working toward the CEBS® designation. Each course is designed to stand on its own, and the courses may be taken in any order. Students may choose to expand their professional knowledge in specific areas through the new CMS (Compensation Management Specialist), GBAT (Group Benefits Associate), and RPAT (Retirement Plans Associate) designations. . These programs are described below.

CEBS Registration Examinations

Students intending to earn a CEBS® designation are expected to register with the CEBS® Program. A non refundable registration fee is payable prior to the first examination and candidates must pass a national exam on each course. Upon completing the national exam for each of the courses, students will earn the professional designation of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. Examinations are computer-based and are administered at Prometric (formerly Sylvan) Testing Centers. For those intending to earn the CEBS®, CMS, GBA or RPA designation, an examination fee is payable to the CEBS® Program prior to each examination. Visit the CEBS® Web site at http://www.cebs.org/ for more information.

Earn the CEBS® Designation By Completing Six Required Courses and Two Electives

  • Group Health Plan Design
  • Group Benefits Management
  • Retirement Plan Design
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Compensation Concepts and Principles
  • Human Resources and Compensation Management

Two Electives

  • Asset Management
  • Health Care Financing and Economics
  • Executive Compensation
  • Personal Financial Planning 1: Concepts and Principles
  • Personal Financial Planning 2: Tax and Estate Planning Techniques

GBA Group Benefits Associate, RPA Retirement Plans Associate and CMS Compensation Management Specialist are three programs being offered through CEBS® which recognize primary areas of specialization within employee benefits: group, retirement and compensation. They have been designed for people who work primarily in these areas, but they also are excellent stepping stones to the CEBS® designation. Each of the specialty track designations requires the successful completion of three or four courses and examinations. There is no time limit for earning these designations.

Earn the Group Benefits Associate (GBA) Designation Completing These Courses

Group Health Plan Design, Group Benefits Management, and Health Care Financing and Economics

Earn the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) Designation by Completing These Courses

Health Care Financing and Economics, Retirement Plan Design, and Asset Management

Earn the Compensation Management Specialist Designation by Completing These Courses

Compensation Concepts and Principles, Executive Compensation, and Human Resources and Compensation Management

Tuition costs are $850.
Textbooks can be ordered through CEBS
at either www.ifebp.org/bookstore or call (800) 449-2327, Option 3.

For a schedule overview, location of courses and contact information, visit the Schedule link on the left hand side menu. *Class times and dates subject to change based upon enrollment.