The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 11 CEBS courses.  The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education. 

For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit.  For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT web site http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/topics/Pages/Transcript-Services.aspx.

The recommendations of ACE/CREDIT are not binding on any educational institutions, but rather are intended to guide college and university officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed courses such as CEBS and who wish to obtain college credit for those courses. Actual credit granted will depend on each institution's degree requirements and its general policy on awarding credit for college-level learning achieved outside of that institution. As part of the CREDIT services, ACE provides an advocacy program to assist students with transfer credit acceptance. The network is made up of 15 state affiliate offices located around the country at accredited universities. For a list of affiliate offices and details about the ACE advocacy service visit their Web site at http://www.acenet.edu/.

Credit Recommendations

Note:  Transcript requests will be honored by ACE for exams taken on or before March 31, 2008.  Exams taken after this date are not eligible.

Following are the specific credit recommendations for each CEBS course. The credit recommendations also appear in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs published annually by the American Council on Education.

Course credit is based on a candidate's passing the respective national CEBS exam, regardless of the method of preparation (university class, online course and/or independent study). Credit recommendations have been categorized as either upper division baccalaureate degree or graduate degree and are defined as follows:

Upper division baccalaureate degree includes course work usually completed during the last two years of a baccalaureate program. The courses generally involve specialization of a theoretical or analytical nature beyond the introductory level.

Graduate degree refers to course work beyond the bachelor degree level, leading to a graduate degree. The courses tend to be oriented toward original research, critical analysis and the scholarly and professional application of the specialized knowledge within a discipline.

A total of 33 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category and 22 semester hours in the graduate degree category has been recommended for the current CEBS courses.

GBA 1—Group Health Plan Design (CEBS Course 1)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Insurance, Business, Public Administration, Health Care or Industrial Relations.

GBA 2—Group Benefits Management (CEBS Course 2)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Compensation Administration, Employee Benefit, Business Administration or Human Resource Management.

GBA 3—Health Care Financing and Economics (CEBS Course 9)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in Microeconomics or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Health Economics or Microeconomics.

RPA 1—Retirement Plan Design (CEBS Course 3)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Retirement Planning, Business Administration or Human Resource Management.

RPA 2—Retirement Plan Management (CEBS Course 4)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Retirement Planning, Business Administration or Human Resource Management.

RPA 3—Asset Management (CEBS Course 7)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Principles of Investments or Investments.

CMS 1—Human Resources and Compensation Management (CEBS Course 8)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Human Resources Management or Personnel Administration.

CMS 2—Compensation Concepts and Principles (CEBS Course 30)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Principles of Compensation or Salary Administration.

CMS 3—Executive Compensation (CEBS Course 31)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Executive Compensation or Advanced Compensation.

PFP 1—Personal Financial Planning 1: Concepts and Principles (CEBS Course 20)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Personal Finance or Business Administration.

PFP 2—Personal Financial Planning 2: Tax and Estate Planning Techniques (CEBS Course 21)
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Personal Finance or Business Administration.

The following courses are no longer active in the CEBS curriculum; however, the recommendation will appear on your transcript if you've completed the applicable examination.

Course 5—Contemporary Legal Environment of Employee Benefit Plans
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in Business or Commercial Law, Legal Environment in Business Administration, Public Administration or Health Administration.

Course 6—Financial Concepts and Practices
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in Finance or Business Administration.

Course 10—Contemporary Benefit Issues and Practices
Upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours or in the graduate degree category, two semester hours in Contemporary Benefit Issues and Administration or Employee Benefits.

Transcript Service
For the benefit of our candidates, the CEBS Program participates in the American Council on Education's (ACE) Transcript Service.  The ACE Transcript Service offers a lifelong record for candidates who have successfully completed our courses that have been reviewed by ACE CREDIT*.  This service enables adult learners to present a nationally recognized transcript to the college or university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit.  For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT Transcript web site at http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/topics/Pages/Transcript-Services.aspx.

To join the ACE Transcript Service, please visit the ACE CREDIT transcript web site at http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/topics/Pages/Transcript-Services.aspx. ACE charges a one-time set-up fee of $40.00 and $15.00 for each transcript you request. After your ACE transcript record is established, there is no charge to add additional CEBS courses as you complete them. Once you have registered, you can request your CEBS courses to be reported to ACE.  Upon each course request, CEBS will receive notice and will review the student's record.  If the courses are approved, you will receive notification from ACE and a transcript will be issued. For details of the ACE Transcript Service, including a sample of an ACE transcript, visit the ACE Web site at www.acenet.edu. Look for the link “College Credit Recommendation Service”.



Note:  Transcript requests will be honored by ACE for exams taken on or before March 31, 2008.  Exams taken after this date are not eligible.

Direct academic transcript questions to:

CEBS Program
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
P.O. Box 1270
Brookfield, WI 53008-1270
(262) 786-6710, option 3
(262) 786-8780 (fax)
cebs@ifebp.org

American Council on Education
College Credit Recommendation Service
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington DC 20036
(202) 939-9434
credit@ace.nche.edu