Frequently Asked Questions about Online Classes

Here are the most frequently asked questions about online CEBS classes. If you don't find the answers you're looking for, please call us at (262) 786-6710, option 3.

 

Must I apply for the exam when registering for an online class?  Can I apply for the exam later?
You must apply for the corresponding examination (or have previously done so) when registering for an online class.  Your online class registration will not be processed without having the corresponding exam application on file.  You may submit both registrations concurrently, along with payment. More exam information is available here.

I have never taken an online course before. How does it work?
CEBS online courses are offered completely through the internet in an asynchronous format. This means you have access to your class seven days a week, 24 hours a day, (including holidays) for the entire 10-week duration of the class.

Instructors post lecture notes and brief audio overviews that correspond with the readings in your study materials. Practice quizzes and additional resource materials are also provided. Questions can be posted to the discussion board and instructors respond for a high level of interaction between the instructor and students. Each instructor conducts at least one live interactive review session during the course. Some classes include recordings of previous review sessions. Each assignment includes an interactive 'Hangman' game to test your knowledge of key terms.

What are the advantages of taking an online course?
According to previous online study students, the top five advantages of online study are:

 1. Flexibility – study when you want
 2. Convenience – access from any internet connection
 3. Instructor’s Notes – detailed explanations of key concepts
 4. Structure – weekly assignments and learning activities
 5. Confidence – on average, higher pass rates for online students vs. self-study

Online Study also provides opportunities for students to network with other professionals in the class and gain from their experience. This interactivity is accomplished by using the discussion board within the class.

How do I know that an online course is for me?
If you are comfortable working independently and have good organizational skills, you may find online study to be a rewarding and satisfying experience. Be willing to commit three to five hours of study time per week.

Do I need special technical skills to access an online course?
We recommend that students taking an online course have a good comfort level using a computer and navigating the internet. Common skills when taking an online course include using e-mail and downloading files.

What type of system requirements are needed to access an online class?
To participate in an online class, the following system requirements are needed:

  • Access to the Internet and a Web browser such as Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher or Firefox 10.0 or higher.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Adobe Flash player.
  • Audio software.
  • An e-mail account.

Can I complete the entire CEBS designation online?
Yes. Each spring and fall semester, we offer the six core courses and three of the elective courses. Select classes are offered in summer.  We recommend that you start by taking one course only to determine the time you are able to commit to study.

Are textbooks required for an online class?
Yes. All online classes use the corresponding CEBS learning guide and textbook. We encourage you to purchase your study materials prior to the start of class so that you can begin your reading assignments on time. You can purchase your study materials online.

Can I view a CEBS online class before I register?
Yes. Our Guided Tour highlights the many features developed to enhance your learning experience and navigation techniques. To take the guided tour, click here.

How do I get started?
In order to participate in an online class, you must be registered in the CEBS program and apply for the corresponding CEBS exam. The online fee is $195 per course. You can register for an online class and apply for the corresponding exam online or print out the PDF and fax to the CEBS department at (262) 364-1818.

For further information, contact the CEBS Department, cebs@ifebp.org or (262) 786-6710, option 3.