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Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania jointly sponsor the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) Program. The International Foundation is responsible for the overall administration of the program, while the Wharton School is responsible for the academic content and educational standards.

The International Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of those responsible for employee benefit plans. The Foundation annually sponsors over 100 educational programs; provides a host of on-line resources; publishes news and information periodicals, research reports and books; and makes available the services of its Library/Information Center.

This eight-course professional designation program has a threefold purpose: (1) to enhance individual capabilities for fulfilling responsibilities in the employee benefit sector at a high performance level; (2) to bestow professional recognition on those who achieve significant competence in the field, as evidenced by passing a series of national examinations; and (3) to assist the public in evaluating the academic qualifications and competence of persons responsible for employee benefit plans.

To provide participants maximum flexibility for taking courses and preparing for examinations, three different study methods are available: (1) formal classes, which are offered at more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States, (2) online study groups, and (3) independent study.

Study materials for the courses can be ordered directly from the International Foundation or can be obtained from some bookstores at universities offering the CEBS classes. CEBS examinations are administered through computer-based testing at more than 260 locations throughout the country.

Successful completion of a CEBS course is based on passing the national examination. To qualify for the CEBS designation, candidates must pass eight examinations (six required and two elective courses), meet pre-certification standards and abide by the Principles of Conduct.



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