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Overview

CEBS is widely regarded as the premier designation in total compensation and is considered the standard of excellence in the industry. The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation may be of particular interest to experienced Human Resources professionals interested in expanding their understanding of compensation and benefits.

The Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (CEBS) is a professional designation that offers certification choices in three distinct areas of specialization: Group Benefits (GBA); Retirement Plans (RPA); and Compensation Management (CMS). The specialty designations require successful completion of three examinations within the CEBS curriculum. The CEBS designation, as well as the GBA, RPA and CMS designations, is awarded by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Seneca is pleased to offer the courses required to apply for the CEBS certification:

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students entering into this program have a strong background in Human Resource Management, preferably with a CHRP designation or equivalent such as the Human Resources Management Ontario College Graduate Certificate. 

Applicants should have Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12 or equivalent) with Grade XII English and Mathematics. Students will require strong general math skills with an emphasis on financial calculations.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Courses

EMP401
Principles of Group Benefits 1
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This course emphasizes the concepts and principles to be considered in the development, implementation and management of life, health and other group benefits provided by employers and unions. Among the topics covered are group insurance fundamentals, general design issues, mathematics of insurance, the pricing process, underwriting and funding methods, administration, communication and ethics.
This course relies heavily on insurance based content and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Group Benefit Associate (GBA) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP402
Retirement Income Programs 1
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This course emphasizes the concepts and principles on employer-sponsored retirement programs. The topics include the challenges facing individuals in preparing for retirement, the role and impact of employer-sponsored programs, the legislative environment in which they operate, the various types of programs available and the advantages and disadvantages of each, design considerations and issues relating to administration, communication, financial and investment management of plan assets for multi-employer plans and single employer plans. This course relies heavily on tax assisted retirement plans and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP403
Applications of Group Benefits
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This course examines in-depth, specific applications of life, health and other group benefits programs provided by employers. Among the programs covered are life insurance, income replacement, health, dental, and work/life programs including employee assistance and wellness, financial planning and other financial benefits. This course also provides an introduction to flexible benefits design options.
This course also provides and introduction to flexible benefit design options and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Group Benefit Associate (RPA) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP404
Health Care Economics and Issues
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This course introduces an understanding of the field of health economics, developing a working knowledge and analysis of the factors affecting health care services, their financing and statistical tools used in health care economics. An analysis of health care reforms in Canada as well as from other countries is presented.
A key objective of the course is better understand how decision makers throughout the health economy make choices and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Group Benefit Associate (GBA) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP405
Asset Management
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This course provides an understanding of investment objectives, security markets, asset selection, investment timing, portfolio theory and evaluation of financial performance. This course provides a careful balance between academic theory and business practice as it affects Retirement Savings vehicles.
The course emphasis is on the practical application of important concepts and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Retirement Plan Associate (RPA) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP406
Government - Sponsored Benefits
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This course provides an understanding of the types of government-sponsored health, welfare and retirement income benefits available in Canada, their basic objectives and the principles on which they operate.
This includes programs delivered both federally, at the provincial level and by other agencies and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Retirement Plan Associate (RPA) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP407
Compensation Concepts and Principles
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This course examines how job-based and person-based pay structures are established, policies that form the foundation of a compensation system and alternate techniques that can be used in paying employees and the ongoing management functions that maintain internal alignment, enhance organizational competitiveness and create employee incentives within these various types of pay systems.
The course also examines the external market forces that impact compensation, the collective bargaining process and legal and legislative issues and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) and Certified employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP408
Executive Compensation Management
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This course examines both strategic considerations and specific program elements across a range of financial rewards for executives linking compensation with business strategy; the various roles and responsibilities involved in designing and approving executive compensation programs.
The course focuses on Canadian executive compensation, with useful U.S. references and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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EMP409
Human Resource Management
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This course examines the relationships between an organization's strategic planning and human resource management. It analyses global economic and workforce trends, competitiveness and the employment relationships, the response of the human resource manager to a changing environment.
The course also examines new roles and ways of looking at traditional human resource functions and is part of the body of knowledge of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits required for the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designations.




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Completion

The final designation will be awarded by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans upon successful completion of the relevant CEBS exams.

Program Contacts

Belinda Becker
Program Assistant
Belinda.Becker@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x22797


Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.