The program was established in 1976 by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The program’s academic mission is to educate human resource professionals in the administration of health & welfare plans and retirement plans.
The CEBS designation has been the most highly respected credential in the benefits industry for over four decades. More than 14,000 individuals have earned the designation, and thousands more are actively in pursuit. Maintaining the relevance of the courses in the CEBS Program has always been a top priority of the program sponsors, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In recent years, however, unprecedented changes in the benefits industry have redefined the education and career paths of those working in the field. In recognition of this, the CEBS Program recently announced a series of groundbreaking changes that are the most integrated and comprehensive in the history of the Program. To qualify for the designation candidates can begin by pursuing two specialized designations.
The designations are the following:
The Academic Director of the CEBS program is Dr. Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources.