CFP designees are responsible for determining whether a program is appropriate and qualifies for continuing education (CE) credit. Only courses that meet their requirements should be reported to the CFP Board for credit (see Appendix A of the CFP Continuing Education booklet Subject Topics Accepted for CE Credit). The only programs that must be preapproved by the CFP Board are programs that meet requirements for the CFP Board's Code of Ethics. The International Foundation voluntarily will submit for approval its Annual Employee Benefits Conference and will distribute at that program a list of sessions preapproved for credit. For all other programs, the CFP must determine qualification of the course to the CFP accepted subject topics.

Enrolled Agents

The International Foundation has entered into an agreement with the Office of Director of Practice, Internal Revenue Service, to meet the requirements of 31 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 10.6(g) covering maintenance of attendance records, retention of program outlines, qualifications of instructors and length of class hours. This agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the Director of Practice as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the enrolled individual.

CLUs/ChFCs and CRCs/CRAs

It is not necessary that educational programs be preapproved for continuing education credit when the subject matter is acceptable. International Foundation's Continuing Education Certificate will document credit earned.

PHRs and SPHRs

It is not necessary that educational programs be preapproved for recertification credit when the subject matter is related to the human resource field. PHRs and SPHRs report credit hours on their recertification application. In the event the application is audited, proof of credit earned must be produced.

Teachers, Nurses, Real Estate Agents, etc.

International Foundation does not submit its programs for approval for credit for professionals whose licenses are not directly related to employee benefits. However, a continuing education verification of attendance could be submitted by the individual and credit requested for sessions for which the subject matter is applicable.

The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® Program

The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation can be earned by completing eight examinations - six required plus two electives. In addition, CEBS offers individuals the opportunity to earn specialty designations. The Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) and Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) require a three-course commitment. Each designation stands on its own, representing specialized knowledge in group benefits, retirement and compensation. However, when combined, the three designation programs form a comprehensive, integrated curriculum that leads to the only professional certification in total compensation - CEBS.

  • GBA 1 Group Health Plan Design
  • GBA 2 Group Benefits Management 
  • GBA 3 Health Care: Financing, Quality and Reform
  • RPA 1 Retirement Plan Design
  • RPA 2 Retirement Plan Management 
  • RPA 3 Asset Management
  • RPA 4 Personal Wealth Management
  • CMS 1 Human Resources and Compensation Management
  • CMS 2 Compensation Concepts and Principles
  • CMS 3 Executive Compensation    

Documenting Continuing Education Credit

Credit hours and filing procedures vary by discipline and from state to state. If you plan to use a CEBS course for continuing professional education credit for your licensing/recertification requirements, please request information from the CEBS Department at the International Foundation or contact the continuing education administrator at (262) 786-6710, option 2 or

Documenting Continuing Education Credit

Credit hours and filing procedures vary by discipline and from state to state. Please call the continuing education administrator at (262) 786-6710, option 2; or e-mail with addtional questions.