Online Sessions:
  • Feb. 8-9 2024
  • April 11-12, 2024
  • June 10-11, 2024
  • August 1-2, 2024
  • Sept. 23-24, 2024
  • Nov. 21-22, 2024

Each session's recorded link will be available within 24 hrs after completion of each live daily session and will remain available to participants only for up to six months after the course ends. 

The registration link will be emailed to you and the Study Materials will all be shipped to you after you purchase and have paid for the program so that you have them ahead of the start date.

*Don't worry if you miss a class. The sessions are recorded so you can catch up.

Group Rates

Groups of four or more receive a 25% discount off the otherwise applicable rate. Please call 201 871 0474 or email to register groups.

Recertification Credits

15 credits for both HRCI and SHRM.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 30 days in advance for a full refund. Thereafter, refund is 75% of registration fee. Registrations may be transferred to another person at no cost. Transfers to alternate dates/locations are generally available at no cost. Call for information if you wish to change dates/locations.


All sessions online:
9 am - 6 pm Central Time

Click Here to Register: $1395 per Person

Every organization, large and small, must determine the pay structure for its employees. Compensation and Benefits administrators are the key specialists in charge of managing the impact of compensation and benefits packages on an organization’s bottom line while ensuring fair and equitable pay rates for employees.

Get the training you need to stay ahead of other organizations in attracting and retaining top talent.  It is essential to make employees feel that they are paid fairly and treated fairly for what they do.  This is why it is imperative to get Compensation and Benefits aligned with the organization’s vision and goals.  

This program provides the fundamental strategic choices that employers must take in creating, designing, developing, & implementing a total reward’s package.

You will learn how to professionally handle questions from staff members at a much higher and qualified level by gaining confidence through the knowledge of the following:

  • Benefit History (Then & Now)
  • Regulatory Benefits
  • Mandated Benefits
  • Retirement Plan Benefits
  • Compensation Benefits
  • Office Perk Benefits
  • Performance Based Benefits
  • Time Off Benefits
  • Health Benefits

Keeping your employee Compensation & Benefit training current has many rewards.  This course will make you and your team more aware of the “Why’s” and “How’s” in creating a staff with more awareness, engagement, & more understanding.  Remember, a well-trained Compensation & Benefits employee is in high demand. Being able to anticipate the major trends in employee benefits and how it can improve your retention rates and time-to-fill rates will immensely help your team.  Learning how to be more current in laws and policies that are forever changing can also assist you and your team be more prosperous and able to complete projects on time.   

Additionally, for HR Professionals understanding the needs and wants of your organization’s employees and aligning them with the executive team’s vision will make specific processes and procedures more efficient and successful.  This new knowledge that you will gain through this course will also be vital for you to gain a seat at the strategic table.

Other important strategies that you will learn through this course is as follows:

  • Health Benefit Campaign Design Strategy
  • Benefit Communication Strategy
  • Benefit Outsource Strategy
  • Benefit Open Enrollment Strategy

Don’t forget, during this seminar, there will be periodic quizzes for you to test your knowledge and activities for you to share your thoughts and concerns.  Now get ready and enroll because it’s time to expand your Compensation & Benefit knowledge.


  • Day 1 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Central Time
    • 15 Minute Break at 11:15 PM CT
    • 1 Hour Lunch at 1:00 PM CT
    • 15 Minute Break at 4:15 PM CT
  • Day 2 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Central Time
    • 15 Minute Break at 11:15 PM CT
    • 1 Hour Lunch at 1:00 PM CT
    • 15 Minute Break at 4:15 PM CT

Topics Covered in this Certificate Program

  1. History Of Benefits (1636 to present)

    Then and Now (1636 to present)

    Regulatory Benefits

    Government Influence on Employee Benefits


    Regulatory and Judicial Processes

    Federal Governing Agencies

    IRS – Internal Revenue Service

    DOL – Department of Labor

    EBSA – Employee Benefits Security Administration

    PBGC – Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation

    EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    SEC – Security and Exchange Commission

    Government Programs

    Equal Opportunity Laws

    Mandated Employee Benefits

    Social Security

    Worker’s Compensation


    Retirement Plans

    Retirement Benefits

    Retirement Emotional Journey

    ERISA – Employee Retirement Income Security Act

    ERISA Provisions

    ERISA Section 404C

    Pension Protection Act of 2006

    QDRO – Qualified Domestic Relations Order

    ADP/ACP Non-Discrimination Tests

    EGTRRA – Economic Growth & Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001

    IRC – Internal Revenue Code of 1926

    FICA – Federal Insurance Contribution Act Tax

    Plan types and Qualifications

    Qualified Compensation (PBGC)

    Defined Benefits (Non-Contributory)

    SOX – Sarbanes Oxley Act

    Traditional Pension

    Flat Dollar

    Final Pay

    Guaranteed income annuities (GIAs)

    The Federal Thrift Savings Plan

    Cash-Balance Plan

    Cash-Value Insurance Plan

    Defined Contributions (Contributory)


    Solo 401k





    Self-Directed IRA

    SEP IRA 408k


    Keogh (HR-10)

    Plan Distributions

    Withdrawal Regulations

    Required Distributions

    Hardship Distributions


    Tax on Early Distribution

    Loans from 401(k) plans

    Early Retirement Package

    Early Withdrawal

    IRA Quiz

    Non-Qualified Compensation

    Deferred Plans

    Executive Bonus Plans

    Split-Dollar Life Insurance Plans

    Rabbi Trust

    Top Hat Plan

    Health Benefits

    ERISA – Employee Retirement Income Security Act

    COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

    GINA – Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

    HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

    ACA – Affordable Care Act


    Short Term Disability/Long Term Disability

    Life Insurance

    Dental Care/Vision Care

    AD&D – Accidental Death and Dismemberment

    Extended or Long-Term Health Care

    EAP – Employee Assistance Program

    Mental/Behavioral Health Care

    Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA)

    HMO – Health Maintenance Organization

    PPO – Preferred Provider Organization

    HDHP – High Deductible Health Plan

    Cafeteria Plans

    IRC Section 125

    IRC Section 129



    Stop/Loss Coverage

    Prescription Drug Plans

    Health Benefits Quiz


    Attract & Retain

    Compensation Management Process

    Major Influences

    Internal Equity vs External Equity

    Job Analysis Process

    Direct Pay


    Pay Decisions/Strategy

    Types of Compensation

    Comp Terms

    Job Evaluations



    Indirect Pay

    Stock Options


    Executive Plans


    Performance Benefits





    Office Perk Benefits

    Employee of the Month

    Holiday Bonus

    Employee Discounts & Rewards


    Care & Recognition Gifts

    Employee Development Plans

    Wellness Program

    Gym Membership

    Adulting Classes

    Tuition Reimbursement

    Office Perks

    Child Care Assistance

    Commuter Assistance

    Legal Assistance

    Adoption Assistance

    Disaster Relief Assistance

    Financial Assistance

    Diversity Program

    Engagement Committee

    Pre-Tax Limitations


    Time Off Benefits



    Holiday/Vacation/Sick Days/PTO

    Bereavement Leave

    Jury Duty Leave

    Voting Time Leave

    Sabbatical/Personal Leave

    Paid Parental Leave

    Covid Sick Leave

    Benefits Design Strategy Aligning With HR & Business Goals

    Strategic Assessment

    Conduct a GAP Analysis

    Costing & Pricing

    Select & Design

    Funding & Approval


    Train & Monitor

    Open Enrollment

    High Level Open Enrollment Calendar

    Compliance Calendar Example

    Communication Strategy Fundamentals

    Select the Communication Style

    Potential Barriers to Communication


    Communication Models

    Effective Communication

    Potential Barriers


    Selective Perception

    Information Overload

    Emotional Disconnect

    Workplace Gossip


    Gender Differences

    Sender/Receiver Differences

    Biased Language

    Communicating the Value

    Compensation/Reward Statement

    Outsourcing Strategy



    Create Request for Proposal

    Send Request for Proposal

    Choose Contractor




    Certification Process