CEBS Compliance Questions & Answers

Whether you’re a longtime or more recent CEBS graduate, you may have questions about CEBS Compliance. We hope you will find this question and answer section helpful.

For questions not addressed here, feel free to contact us or by email at

1. What is CEBS Compliance?
CEBS Compliance is a formal recognition of the career-long professional development CEBS graduates pursue to maintain their knowledge and skills. In an industry that is defined by trends, demographics, legislative and regulatory requirements, and cost-containment, keeping benefit plans in compliance and on track to bolster the financial security of your participants requires continued, career-long learning.

CEBS Compliance is how you can get the professional recognition you deserve for keeping your knowledge growing and flourishing. 

2. I am already earning and reporting continuing education for something else (e.g., agent licensing, CFP, PHR, SHRM, CHRP). Can I use those activities for CEBS Compliance?
Very likely, yes. Most CEBS graduates are involved in a variety of continuing education activities in order to stay current, expand their knowledge or satisfy requirements for related professional designations and licenses and many of these activities are likely to qualify for CEBS Compliance credit.

3. Who is eligible for CEBS Compliance?
All CEBS graduates, of any year, of both the U.S. and Canadian programs are welcome and encouraged to participate.

4. I am not an ISCEBS or IFEBP member. Am I eligible for compliance?
Yes. CEBS Compliance status is available to all graduates, regardless of membership status in ISCEBS or IFEBP.

5. Does membership in ISCEBS or IFEBP count toward CEBS Compliance?
No. Membership in any professional organization does not qualify for CEBS Compliance.

6. Does serving on a board or committee of a benefits professional organization at the local, national or international level qualify for CEBS Compliance credit?
Board or committee service in any organization does not qualify. While these functions play an important role in supporting the community of benefits professionals, they are not exclusively dedicated to learning benefits content.

7. Can I use work experience, work duties or a recent work project for credit?
Activities completed within the scope of your employment are not eligible activities. If you recently completed an exciting major project or initiative and you have some great outcomes to share, one suggestion is to turn it into a presentation for a local, national or virtual group, or an article for a professional publication.  Presenting and writing are both eligible activities, and you are sharing your knowledge with other benefit professionals.

8. Can I earn partial hours of credit?
Yes. Credit can be earned and reported in .5 increments. Totals not in whole or half numbers must be rounded down to the nearest half credit. For example, a two-hour (120-minute) program qualifies for two credit hours and a 2½-hour program (150 minutes) earns three credit hours. Remember that breaks and other noneducational activities are not counted.

9. If I accumulate more than 30 credits in a two-year period may I carry the excess over to the next two-year period?
No. Excess credits may not be carried over from one two-year period to the next.

10. If I begin a qualifying activity in one calendar year and complete it in the next calendar year, in which year can I claim the credit?
You must count the compliance credit hours in the calendar year in which you completed the education activity.

11. If I take a course or participate in a program that includes topics acceptable for CEBS Compliance credit as well as topics not eligible, can I earn credit?
Yes, you may receive credit only for that portion of the activity related to acceptable subject matter content. For example, two credit hours could be claimed for a four-hour course that covers accepted subject topics during half of the program.

12. What subject matter content is acceptable for credit?
The content of CEBS Compliance education activities must be related to the existing body of knowledge and applications covered in the CEBS curriculum. Topics outside of these areas do not qualify.

13. I attended a conference sponsored by the International Foundation, International Society or a Society chapter. Do I need to wait for a Certificate of Attendance, or Continuing Education certificate to report my credits for the sessions I attended?
No. You should report your credits as soon as you complete the sessions or conference, whether in-person or virtual. You do not need to wait for any post-event certificates or documentation from our office to report your credits. Retain this documentation for your records.

14. Are there minimum or maximum credit requirements for any particular subject areas?
No, you may earn credits in any of the content areas described in CEBS Content Domain to earn CEBS Compliance.

15. If the activity includes an examination, must I pass the examination to receive CEBS Compliance credit?
Yes, satisfactory completion of the examination is required to receive credit.

16. Can I receive credit for serving as a moderator in an educational session?
Yes, provided the educational session is at least 50 minutes long, covers one or more of the content areas in the CEBS Content Domain and you are in attendance for the entire session.

17. What if I believe an activity is relevant, but it is not listed as an approved activity. Can I get it approved?
It is your responsibility to assess the relevance of CEBS Compliance education activities using the guidelines provided. However, if you need assistance in determining whether an activity qualifies for CEBS Compliance credit, you can contact CEBS at

18. Does CEBS preapprove any activities or program sponsors for CEBS Compliance credit?
With the exception of activities sponsored by IFEBP or ISCEBS, activities and program sponsors are not preapproved for credit. Because CEBS Compliance is designed for maximum flexibility to reflect the diverse professional needs of CEBS graduates, you are free to choose any allowable activity that covers one or more of the content domains outlined in the CEBS Content Domain. Contact CEBS at with questions.

19. When does my two-year reporting period start?
CEBS Compliance runs on calendar years. Your reporting period begins in the year in which you first report an activity, establishing your reporting period as the current and following year.  For example, if you have 0 credits in 2021 and report at least 1 credit in 2022, that begins your two-year period of 2022-2023.  You must report at least 1 credit in order to establish your two-year reporting period.  Once established, you can report credits earned at any time during those two calendar years.

If you report 0 credits during the year, it will reset the next year so you always have the opportunity to re-establish a two-year period.

20. When should I report my credit hours?
You are encouraged to report your credit hours as they are earned throughout the year. You will reach compliance recognition sooner and not risk misplacing important details about your completed activities, or risk losing the opportunity to report them.

21. Is there a grace period after the end of my reporting period?  
Yes.  If you have already established a reporting period by reporting credits, you have until February 28 of the next year to report your remaining credits. For example: if your reporting period is currently 2021-2022 (and you have already reported credits), you have until February 28, 2023 to report outstanding credits from 2021 and 2022. After the grace period closes, reporting credits for previous years is not available.

22.  Can I report credits for activities completed in a previous year or reporting period?
Outside of the grace period noted above, only activities completed during your established reporting period as noted in your profile can be reported. Activities completed outside of your two year period cannot be reported.  Log in to your CEBS Compliance profile at to confirm your two-year period.

23. Why can't I report credits from a previous year?
Occasionally, professional schedules may not allow for education activites during that year. If you report 0 credits during a calendar year, your reporting period resets the next calendar year. Resetting the reporting period means you aren't penalized for missing the previous year and gives you the opportunity to establish a new two-year period to reach compliant status.

24. Will I receive a reminder to report my credit hours?
Yes, you will receive reminders periodically throughout the year via email or postal mail. Please be sure your e-mail address and other contact information is up-to-date with CEBS so we can contact you.

25. How is my compliance recognized?
Compliant graduates are recognized online in a publicly available and searchable listing of all graduates whose compliance status is current.  They are listed by country and alphabetically by state or province/territory. This listing is available for employers, clients, government regulators and other parties who are interested in, or rely upon the professional currency that CEBS Compliance signifies. Other avenues of recognition may take place at the ISCEBS Symposium or local chapter level.

26. How should I publicize my CEBS-Compliant status?
You've earned it, go on and show it off! You are welcome and encouraged to highlight your status on stationery, social media profiles, your email signature or other professional platforms.  For more recognition, download your digital badge to display online.  Visit for complete details.

27. What is the purpose of the CEBS Compliance audit?
Randomly auditing those who attest compliance helps verify good faith compliance, without requiring everyone to produce documentation of each activity at the time of reporting. More details on the audit process are available here.

28. Will I lose my CEBS designation if I do not participate in CEBS Compliance, or if my compliant status expires?
You will not lose your CEBS designation and you retain the right to use the CEBS mark. There is no revocation policy for the CEBS credential for not participating in CEBS Compliance.    


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