Strategic Benefits Management

Strategic Benefits Management (Bridge Course)

This course is required to earn the following designations: GBA, RPA, CEBS (Updated April 2022)

The strategic use of employee benefit programs is key to premiere talent acquisition and effective execution on business objectives. In a world disrupted by global pandemic, employers and workers have renewed appreciation for employee benefit programs in reducing risk and bolstering security. GBA/RPA 3 maps the dynamic environment in which employee benefit plans operate. The course surveys the regulatory environment established by ERISA, tax incentives, compliance requirements and the exciting use of new technologies for reporting and disclosure. GBA/RPA 3 reviews today's most pressing problems such as cybersecurity and privacy intrusions, assuring high-quality plan audits, and the use of advanced analytics to monitor results and the performance of the myriad service providers whose expertise is needed to effectively direct modern benefits programs. The course also examines integration of private benefit plans with social insurance programs and how these plans can be deployed on a worldwide basis for today's global workforce. 

Topics covered in GBA/RPA 3

  • ERISA Regulatory Framework
  • Federal Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Plan Documentation Requirements
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Concerns
  • Overseeing and Managing Plan Audits
  • Issues in Vendor Management-Retirement
  • Analytics in Vendor Management-Health
  • Retirement Plan Financial Product Innovation
  • ERISA in Practice-- Key Issues
  • Social Insurance
  • Health Care Coverage in Retirement
  • Global Employee Benefits

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Resources for GBA/RPA 3


Successful completion of comprehensive exam          



GBA/RPA 3 Study Guide 2nd Edition, including online access to the guide and practice exam

Reading Update




Strategic Benefits Management, 2nd Edition,
Mahoney and Maniaci, editors, XanEdu, Inc., 2022



Online Study Group With Instructor Support
12-week sessions offered in spring, summer and fall


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Study Guide—Delivered in Print and Online!
The CEBS Study Guide is an essential component for mastering the CEBS material you will be tested on in the examination. Your Study Guide purchase includes both a printed study guide and access to an online environment.

  • Learning Modules provide structured coverage and highlight key elements and critical takeaways of the Assigned Reading. The learning modules draw on readings from Textbooks and journal articles written by leading academics and expert practitioners.
  • Applications are designed to make you think about how what you are learning translates to the work world. Two types of applications are provided throughout the CEBS courses—Benefits in Action and Integrated Cases (Capstone Cases).
  • Practice exam, accessible in the online environment, provides immediate results indicating the areas that may need additional study, along with page reference sources and an explanation of correct responses.


A textbook and/or supplementary readings are required for each course, providing the theory and content of the topics covered in the study guide. 

Online Study Group With Instructor Support

Need a little push to stay on track or the security of expert and peer support? Online study groups are for you. Guided study groups provide access to instructors, a structured time frame and peer interaction.

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