• Continuing Professional Development:
    Human Resources

    Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program

    Co-sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the CEBS Program is a course curriculum covering the legal, financial and organizational framework within which employee benefit plans must function. The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation has helped over 100,000 professionals grow in their careers. The CEBS program offers four distinct certifications for those working in employee benefits and compensation:

    • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Retirement Plans Associate (RPA)
    • Compensation Management Specialist (CMS)

    The CEBS Designation is a total compensation credential that is recognized for the depth and breadth of critical knowledge that it provides. It draws from the GBA, RPA and CMS curriculum to build a total compensation perspective. To become a CEBS, you must complete six required courses and two electives.

    Each of the specialty designations - Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) and the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) - requires completion of two CEBS courses and one elective for each designation. All courses provide the core knowledge needed by benefit and compensation professionals. The specialty designations are distinct, yet complementary and aligned with the natural career development paths of the industry.

    The CEBS program spells opportunity.

    For those new to the benefit field, CEBS can provide a solid knowledge base of the concepts and principles upon which employee benefit plans are designed. For the experienced benefit professional it can be a valuable refresher course, providing public recognition and respect for their expertise.

    Who should enroll?

    Individuals participating in the CEBS program represent all sectors of the employee benefits - plan sponsors, consulting firms, insurance companies, banks, administration, law, investment and accounting firms, labor organizations and other compensation and human resource functions.

    View the current CEBS RPA schedule

    Registration Options

    • Register online through the CCAC Noncredit Store. (You will find CEBS classes under the Business/Career Tab)
    • Register by phone: 412.788.7546
    • Register in person: Walk in to any CCAC campus between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card, cash or check is accepted. Hours may vary by campus. 




  • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Designation Exam

    Exams for each course are administered through the
    CEBS Program. Early registration is encouraged. 
          To register for an exam, contact:
    CEBS Program
    18700 West Bluemound Road
    P.O. Box 1270
    Brookfield, WI 53008-1270
    Phone Numbers:
    800.449.2327, option 3
    262.786.6710, option 3
    E-mail: cebs@ifebp.org
    Web Site: www.cebs.org

  • Beverly Stellfox
    CCAC Center for Professional Development
    CCAC West Hills Center
    1000 McKee Road
    Oakdale, PA 15071
    Phone: 412.788.7385