CEBS has introduced a universal continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for all holders of the CEBS credential—past, present and future graduates of both the U.S. and Canadian CEBS programs.
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What does this mean for you?
It means that the professional development activities you are already doing—for professional enrichment, to maintain a license or designation, or just to stay up-to-date—can be formally recognized for contributing to the professional currency that CEBS graduates are known for.
The intent of the CPE program is to reward and recognize those who continue their efforts to keep up-to-date with the diverse and constantly evolving employee benefits field, and to provide a standard for CEBS graduates to publicize their CPE-compliant status to the industry they serve. There is no expiration or revocation policy for the CEBS credential for noncompliance with CPE.
CPE enhances your reputation as a CEBS professional
No matter when you attained your CEBS designation, one thing is certain: the employee benefits landscape is shifting dramatically with each passing year. Regulatory developments, economic forces and marketplace trends have amplified the need for CEBS graduates to continually expand their industry knowledge. In doing so, they are updating their expertise in order to properly advise and/or administer the benefit plans they serve.
Like most CEBS graduates, you’re probably keeping up with these changes with various continuing education activities. With the introduction of CPE, you can publicize your commitment to ongoing professional development and earn industry recognition for the professional development activities that you’re already doing.
Beyond that, it publicly affirms the caliber of the professional designation you’ve achieved. When employers, regulators, colleagues and other industry professionals work with or consider a CPE-compliant CEBS graduate, they can be confident of that person’s knowledge, commitment and expertise.
The sections below explain the CPE requirement in full. Familiarity with this information will help you be sure you're earning and reporting your credits correctly. If you prefer, a printable/downloadable version is available, or you can request a copy in the mail.