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Onli​ne Study Groups With Instructor Support

Online CEBS​​ study groups are an optional educational tool designed to complement the self-study approach. Offered over a 12-week perio​​d during the spring, summer and fall, online study groups give structure to your study and are facilitated by established and experienced CEBS professionals.

Online study groups include:

  • Instructor notes for each module
  • Brief audio overview of each module
  • Quizzes, interactive games, discussion and activities based on the Benefits in Action cases
  • Two instructor-led live review sessions
  • Printable flashcards for each module to help with mastery of Key Terms/Concepts
  • Discussion questions on each module posted weekly
  • Opportunity to ask questions and network with others in the class
  • Group is available 24/7 online, throughout the 12 weeks, giving you the flexibility to study wherever and whenever you need to.

What does an online instructor do?

Your online instructor has many roles including:

  • Designing all content and activities in your class to help you retain knowledge and study for your CEBS Exam
  • Facilitating live review sessions
  • Monitoring the discussion forum to provide clarification and guidance to learners
  • Creating discussion questions for each module and Benefits in Action Mini Case to stimulate engagement and learning about employee benefits
  • Sharing his/her real world experience about being a benefits professional
  • Answering questions that students submit via the discussion forum, email, and private message

Get to Know the Instructors

Chris Healy, Ph.D., CEBS, PHR, SHRM-CP
GBA 1
Chris Healy, Ph.D., CEBS, PHR,
SHRM-CP

Assistant Professor, Management
Dixie State University
Mark Dunlop, CEBS, AEF, AFC, CFP, ChFC, CLU, FLMI, REBC, RHU
GBA 2
Mark Dunlop, CEBS, AEF, AFC, CFP, ChFC, CLU, FLMI, REBC, RHUPrincipal
Designed Benefit Incentives
Elizabeth McBurney, CEBS
GBA/RPA 3
Elizabeth McBurney, CEBS
Assistant Human Resources Manager/Benefits Manager
Columbia County Board of Commissioners
Elizabeth Allen, CEBS
RPA1
Elizabeth Allen, CEBS
VP, Benefits Compliance and Counsel
NFP
Kyle Riddle
RPA2
Kyle Riddle
Financial Advisor
Valeo Financial

Get to Know the Instructors

Sheila Phillips, CEBS
GBA 1
Sheila Phillips, CEBS
Consultant
Group Benefits
Patricia Noble, CEBS
GBA 2 and GBA/RPA 3
Patricia Noble, CEBS
Director of Policy, Research and Labour Market Analysis
Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour, New Brunswick 
Jeff Billard, CEBS
RPA 1
Jeff Billard, CEBS
Senior Pension Solutions Specialist 
CAAT Pension Plan
Brian Will
RPA2
Brian Will
Associate Vice President, Group Retirement & Savings Sales
CUMIS

How to enroll in an online study group

Submit the enrollment form along with the online study group fee.

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How to enroll in an online study group

Submit the enrollment form along with the online study group fee.

Online Study Group Schedule | U.S. 

Fall 2023 | September 4th-November 24th*

  • GBA 1 —​​​ Directing Benefits Programs Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Directing Benefits Programs Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Strategic Benefits Management
  • RPA 1 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 2

Spring 2024 | January 22nd-April 12th*

  • GBA 1 —​​​ Directing Benefits Programs Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Directing Benefits Programs Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Strategic Benefits Management 
  • RPA 1 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 2

Summer 2024 | May 13th-August 9th*

  • GBA 1 —​​​ Directing Benefits Programs Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Directing Benefits Programs Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Strategic Benefits Management
  • RPA 1 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 2

Fall 2024 | August 26th-November 15th*

  • GBA 1 —​​​ Directing Benefits Programs Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Directing Benefits Programs Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Strategic Benefits Management
  • RPA 1 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Directing Retirement Plans Part 2


* Tentative dates

Online Study Group Schedule | Canada

Fall 2023 - August 21st-November 10th*

  • GBA 1 — ​​​Managing Benefit Plans Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Managing Benefit Plans Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Navigating the Plan Environment
  • RPA 1 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 2

Spring 2024 - January 15th-April 5th*

  • GBA 1 — ​​​Managing Benefit Plans Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Managing Benefit Plans Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Navigating the Plan Environment
  • RPA 1 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 2

Summer 2024 - May 6th-August 2nd*

  • GBA 1 — ​​​Managing Benefit Plans Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Managing Benefit Plans Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Navigating the Plan Environment
  • RPA 1 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 2

Fall 2024 - August 19th-November 8th*

  • GBA 1 — ​​​Managing Benefit Plans Part 1
  • GBA 2 — Managing Benefit Plans Part 2
  • GBA/RPA 3 — Navigating the Plan Environment
  • RPA 1 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 1
  • RPA 2 — Managing Retirement Plans Part 2


* Tentative dates


Questions about your next step?
Give us a call at (800) 449-2327, option 3 ​​or e-mail 
cebs@ifebp.org.​


 

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