For private employee health and welfare and retirement benefit plans, compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is required. Two required e-learning courses will outline the general requirements of ERISA that all plans must follow as well as identify who is a fiduciary to the plan and what this role entails. Then choose between three elective e-learning courses that drill down into how ERISA impacts group health plans, retirement plans, plan investing and vendor management.

Benefits of Earning Your Certificate

After successfully earning your Certificate in ERISA Compliance, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of ERISA and the legislative developments that led to its passage
  • Detail the key ERISA requirements that a plan sponsor must satisfy to maintain a benefit plan
  • Identify who are fiduciaries to an employee benefit plan and what are their responsibilities, duties and liabilities
  • Understand how ERISA is enforced, including through regulatory audits
  • Clarify the fiduciary status and responsibilities of various investment professionals
  • Describe the fiduciary responsibilities to prudently select and monitor vendors providing services to the plan.

Who Should Enroll

The Certificate in ERISA Compliance is best suited for:

  • Plan administrators
  • Professional service providers, including accountants and attorneys, new to the employee benefits industry 
  • Experienced benefits professionals that are serving a new type of plan.

Following the successful completion of an online certificate, students will be able to apply their knowledge in the field and gain valuable experience. Students will also be well-prepared to further apply their learning by attending face-to-face International Foundation programs and earning their Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation.

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