Certified Employee Benefits Specialist

Offered By Fairleigh Dickinson University, co-Sponsored by the International Foundation and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

If you value advancement in the employee benefits and compensation industry, then you will appreciate the courses and designations offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University through the CEBS Foundation.

Those who participate in CEBS represent all sectors of the employee benefits industry – consulting firms, insurance companies, plan sponsors, banks, hospital administration, HMOs, law and accounting firms, investments, labor organizations and professional associations dealing with employee benefits.

In today’s increasingly complex business world, one of the keys to success is being better prepared than your competition. Employers are looking to fill jobs with individuals who are knowledgeable and skilled. Many employers recognize CEBS as the definitive standard for measuring competence and professional integrity. They often look for CEBS graduates when hiring and view the designation as added value when evaluating prospective employees. Certifications are a valid and reliable way to demonstrate professional and practical knowledge.  They set individuals with a credential apart from those who have not earned it.

So, if you are ready to achieve a new level of professional growth and recognition, the CEBS Program will enhance your professional capabilities, elevate your performance, and certify to your employer and other benefits and compensation professionals your deep dedication to your career.  In return for your committment, you will gain credibility, respect, knowledge and connections that will last throughout your career.

The International Foundation and it academic partner, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, are firmly committed to keeping CEBS in tune with the latest industry trends and developments by continuously revising and updating the curriculum.

CEBS - Earn Opportunities

  -  Continuing education credits for licenses andother certifications

  -  CEBS, GBA, RPA and CMS designees as well as students who have passed at least one CEBS exam are eligible to join the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) offering career-enhancing programs and networking opportunities.

  -  CEBS graduates can meet the educational prerequisites for applying for CFP Certification Examination.

  -  CEBS graduates can earn 16 hours of credit toward a master of science in human resource management degree from Boston University.(Visit the CEBS Web site at www.cebs.org.)

  -  Designations are powerful tools to display on your business card or include on your resume. 

CEBS – Your Source For Total Compensation Education - The CEBS Program offers four  distinct certifications for those working in employee benefits and compensation:        

CEBS-Certified Employee Benefit  Specials Designation(six required & any two electives).




GBA 1- Group Health Plan Design (CEBS Course 1) Required

RPA 1-Retirement Plan Design (CEBS Course 3) Required

CMS 1-Human Resources & Compensation Management (CEBS Course 8) Required

GBA 2-Group Benefits Management(CEBS Course 2) Required

RPA2-Retirement Plan Management (CEBS Course 4) Required

CMS 2-Compensation Concepts & Principles (CEBS Comp 1) Required

GBA 3-Health Care Financing, Quality & Reform (CEBS Course 9) Elective

RPA 3-Asset Management (CEBS Course 7) Elective

CMS 3-Executive Compensation (CEBS Comp 2) Elective

Courses – Each CEBS course stands alone. The course material, examinations and grading standards are geared to the junior/senior level of an accredited college or university.

When working toward your GBA, RPA or CMS designation, courses can be taken in any sequence.  In some cases, it is useful to have knowledge of the concepts presented in an earlier course. However, based on your personal or professional needs, educational background, or work experience, you can determine the sequence that works best for you.

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CEBS Schedule Spring 2014

CEBS Schedule Fall 2014

Course Descriptions

Course Fees

Principles of Conduct

If you would like more detailed information please click here for CEBS Foundation 

CEBS testing quarters per year:

Quarter 1:
January 1-March 31

April 1-June 30

Quarter 3:
July 1-September 30

October 1-December 31

Michelle Quezada, Program Assistant
973-443-8780 fax