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Become a certified employee benefit specialist through this program offered by AACC in cooperation with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. CEBS is the leading and most respected designation in employee benefits, and AACC is proud to offer a selection of CEBS courses each spring, summer and fall term.

AACC is the only location in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area that offers formal classroom CEBS classes.

Why enroll in a CEBS Class?
Structured Study
- Classes offer a disciplined approach to studying the material and preparing for the national exams. Registrants may take a CEBS class to expand their professional knowledge in a specific area without working toward the CEBS designation.
Personal Attention - Classes provide access to an instructor with expertise in the subject matter. Many instructors are CEBS graduates.
Career Networking - Classes provide an excellent forum for exchanging ideas and a strong support network.

Who Enrolls in a CEBS class?
New and Potential entrants to the employee benefits field. The CEBS program provides a solid knowledge of the concepts and principles with which employee benefit plans are designed.
Experienced Professionals. For those with experience, CEBS can give direction in areas where additional emphasis is needed.

What is the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist program? 
The body of knowledge within the CEBS program focuses on group benefits, retirement and compensation. Take the courses to qualify for the CEBS designation or a specialty track designation in Compensation Management Specialist (CMS), Group Benefits Associate (GBA) or Retirement Plans Associate (RPA).

What classes do I need?
Only those who complete the entire CEBS program are entitled to use the CEBS credential. To earn the prestigious CEBS credential, candidates must complete eight courses--six required and two electives. For more information about the new eight-course curriculum model, please visit the CEBS Web site
Note: Courses can be taken in any order. Specialty track designations require that you successfully complete 3 required courses. 

CEBS Classes 
For course descriptions, schedule and pricing click on the course number below or contact AACC’s Office of Continuing Professional Education at 410-777-2970.

CEB-320 - Group Health Plan Design (GBA 1)
CEB-341 - Compensation 1: Concepts and Principles (CMS 2)
CEB-342 - Compensation 2: Executive Compensation (CMS 3)
CEB-332 - Health Care Financing and Economics (GBA 3) 
CEB-319 - Group Benefits Management (GBA 2)
CEB-315 - Retirement Plan Design (RPA 1) 
CEB-316 - Retirement Plan Management (RPA 2)

All CEBS exams are computer-based tests that are administered year-round. This allows for maximum flexibility, convenience and instant grade results. Candidates may apply and sit for any number of different exams each quarter. Testing takes place at Prometric. For locations, call 1-800-226-7955. AACC does not administer the exam.

Exam Dates
1st Quarter - Jan. 1-March 31
2nd Quarter - April 1-June 30
3rd Quarter - July 1-Sept. 30
4th Quarter - Oct. 1-Dec. 31

For more information contact AACC's Office of Continuing Professional Education at 410-777-2970.