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How to Become a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)

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If you're a human resources professional, you might want to enhance your qualifications by becoming a certified employee benefits specialist. You can earn the CEBS designation after passing eight exams, six required and two electives. The exams cover human resources, group benefits, compensation, retirement and wealth management topics. You can prepare for the exams using self-study materials or you can enroll in online classes that last 13 weeks. A large employer, local college or university might sponsor in-house CEBS classes if a substantial number of candidates are interested.


To begin the CEBS credential process, you must first register and pay the registration fee. You can also purchase the self-study materials as well as pay for the online classes. You can take the computer-based exam by making a reservation at one of the more than 250 approved testing locations in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada. There is also a fee for taking the exam. You learn the results of the exam as soon as you finish -- 70 percent is a passing score. The exam is two hours long and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. If you don't pass, you can retake the exam by completing a new application and paying for the exam at a reduced fee.