Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®
Updated on July 10, 2021
A Certified Employee Benefit Specialist is a professional who plans and negotiates employee benefit packages for companies.
They have a deep understanding of compensation structures, health and disability insurance.
CEBSs earn a professional designation by completing an educational program through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).
The curriculum was designed by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and Dalhousie University.
Per the IFEBP, the curriculum focuses on topics such as:
- Group Benefits Management
- Retirement Plans Management
- Wealth Management/Personal Financial Planning
- Governance/Integration/Coordination of Private, Group and Public Plans
- Plan Design
- Plan Funding and Finance
- Plan Administration/Claims
- Plan Communication
- Compliance Practices
- Resource and Cost-Containment Practices
- Technology, Service and Support Practices
- Regulatory, Legislative and Marketplace Developments
- Ethics and Professional/Fiduciary Responsibility
Colleges That Offer The CEBS Certification
Students can also garner their Group Benefits Associate (GBA) or Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) specialty designation by taking courses in directing benefits or directing retirement plans.
Popular universities that offer these designations are Southern New Hampshire University, Strayer University, Colorado State University Global, Herzing University and Capella University.