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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 two distinct certifications for those working in employee benefits and compensation:

Earn a designation in the Group Benefits Associate (GBA) or the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) by completing the three required courses for each of the specialty tracks. Complete a five-course requirement and you can earn the CEBS Designation which is a total compensation credential that is recognized for the depth and breadth of critical knowledge that it provides. It combines the GBA and RPA curriculum to build a total compensation perspective.

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.

We recommend starting with GBA 1 or RPA 1 and work toward earning your Group Benefits Associate (GBA) or Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) on your path to the full CEBS. Each course requires the successful completion of a 100-question comprehensive exam. Exams cover content from the study guide and textbooks assigned to each course.


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.

Registration Options

Because CCAC cares about your privacy, we cannot process credit card information by mail.

  • Register online please visit CCAC Noncredit Store.
  • Call Non-Credit Registration to 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., hours may vary by campus. VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash or check is accepted.
  • Register by mail: Print and complete the registration form on brochure.
    Mail check or money order to
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    CEBS Program
    CCAC West Hills Center Room N1200,
    1000 McKee Road
    Oakdale, PA 15071-1099

    For more information please contact: 
    Sylvia Elsayed

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Designation Exam

Exams for each course are administered through the CEBS Foundation. 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 Number: 800.449.2327
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