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Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® FAQ

Questions

  1. Why do I want to become certified?
  2. How was this certification created and how is it different from others I’ve seen in the industry?
  3. Who are the certification course instructors?
  4. Are there any prerequisites/requirements to be eligible to participate in the certification courses?
  5. Can I receive my certification either in person or online?
  6. If I cannot attend, how can I take the course online?
  7. How do I sign up for the event so that I can receive the credits in person?
  8. What is the purpose of taking an exam?
  9. When does my certification become active?
  10. When can I take my certification exam?
  11. Once certified, how can I use this certification? Where can I display my designation?
  12. Where will I be able to receive the credits necessary to fulfill the 8 hours required for the certification?
  13. What is the process for completing the certifications?
  14. Will I be able to apply the certification credit hours I receive towards any other industry certifications? Are they approved to count towards the PHR designation?
  15. Are there continuing education requirements for certification?
  16. Do you have a list of the types of work/courses that would qualify as continuing education requirements needed to maintain the certification designations?
  17. Why are continuing education credits required after completion of the certification course?
  18. Is it possible to receive group discounts if multiple people from our organization are obtaining certification?
  19. Who do I contact for more information on the certifications?
  20. Can I be reimbursed by my employer for my certification?
  21. How do I begin? Where and when can I sign up/register for the certification courses?
  22. If I fail the exam can I take the exam again?

 

Answers

1: Why do I want to become certified?

Becoming a Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® by the Voluntary Benefits Association (VBA), is one of the best ways to advance your career by setting yourself apart and giving you that competitive edge and knowledge of your field. This Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® course is designed to bring you the most up to date information about the voluntary benefits industry, including successful employer case studies, industry best practices, product and service innovations, and the direction of the industry in the years to come. This certification is for individuals whose involvement in voluntary benefits is both a career choice and passion.

2: How was this certification created and how is it different from others I’ve seen in the industry?

The Voluntary Benefits Association (VBA) has spent the last several years developing the Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist®. For the certification program we partnered with senior leaders from some of the most successful industry leading companies to incorporate industry best practices. In collaboration with one another, we’ve put together very topical and industry specific information for this program. The VBA is the only non-profit association developed in the country by employers for employers. Our Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® course is the most comprehensive and will give you an actual designation that will not only be helpful to build your knowledge base but to develop you into a more marketable individual as well. Recipients of the certification must pass a comprehensive exam showing a thorough understanding of voluntary benefits best practices and programs. Certification is not granted to those who who simply “sit in” on the certification programs. Exam questions are developed through the Voluntary Benefits Certification and Education Committee which is made up of HR professionals who are experts in voluntary benefits. Our program is the only one that offers continuing education credits to ensure that participants stay up to date on industry best practices and case studies.

3: Who are the certification course instructors?

Our program is unique because our instructors are the leading HR professionals who’ve implemented the most innovative and successful voluntary benefits programs in the country. The program does not cover theoretical or hypothetical. They are not vendors, service providers, or consultants who are selling the services. Participants are learning best practices from actual employer case studies.

4: Are there any prerequisites/requirements to be eligible to participate in the certification courses?

There are no prerequisites for this certification course.

5: Can I receive my certification either in person or online?

Yes, either way. There are several key advantages to receiving your credit hours onsite, November 3rd-6th, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. www.VoluntaryBenefitsConference.com. Studies have shown that people retain more information and learn faster through interactive, in person learning. The main advantage is being able to sit face to face with your colleagues discussing what you’ve learned, collaborating with other HR professionals and discussing the applicability to your specific organization. You will have hands on experience during the sessions and also have the opportunity to participate in the live Q&A. In addition, you will have the opportunity to share best practices and experiences with other individuals within your industry. All course examinations must be completed online through our online learning platform, even for those who choose to learn live in person.

6: If I cannot attend, how can I take the course online?

To sign up for the online course, CLICK HERE.

7: How do I sign up for the event so that I can receive the credits in person?

To register to attend educational sessions onsite now, CLICK HERE.

Sign up today.

8: What is the purpose of taking an exam?

The exam is designed by HR professionals to make sure that you understand and have retained the information outlined in the educational sessions and online courses. It’s also a key factor that differentiates our certification from others in that it gives the program much more value as it allows you to test your own skills for learning and proves that you’ve personally gained the knowledge for certification. Most importantly it shows prospective employers that you’ve done your due diligence in learning what is most important for your industry.

9: When does my certification become active?

Your certification will become active as soon as you pass the exam.

10: When can I take my certification exam?

Participants can take their online exam immediently after signing up. All users take the exam online through our digital learning platform.

11: Once certified, how can I use this certification? Where can I display my designation?

You can put this designation on your resume, business card and your professional social media sites. You will be provided a certificate of completion as well as the logo to put on your professional social media sites, resume and signature line in your email.

12: Where will I be able to receive the credits necessary to fulfill the 8 hours required for the certification?

You can receive your 8 hours of certification by attending the 5th Annual Voluntary Benefits Conference™, November 3rd-6th, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.. Registration for online courses is available now: CLICK HERE. The online courses are now available.

13: What is the process for completing the certifications?

1. Register for the training program/classes/exam: Register for the online course or choose to learn live at our annual Voluntary Benefits Conference™. This year’s conference will be November 3rd-6th, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2. Take the online exam within 65 days of beginning the first class module. Participants must receive a passing grade of 75% in order to receive their certification.Your course timer will not start until your first module is accessed. You may still register and the 65 days will not start.

14: Will I be able to apply the certification credit hours I receive towards any other industry certifications? Are they approved to count towards the PHR designation?

 

  • Earn up to 14 SPHR Re-Certification Credits
  • Earn up to 12 Continuing Education Credits for Agents, Brokers and Consultants
  • Nationally Approved by 50 States

15: Are there continuing education requirements for certification?

Yes. You are required to do 5 hours of continuing education annually at a cost of $100 per year.

16: Do you have a list of the types of work/courses that would qualify as continuing education requirements needed to maintain the certification designations?

Each year the Voluntary Benefits Conference™ will hold an annual event at which Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® participants will be able to receive their continuing education credits. We are in the process of working with other associations, professional organizations and event coordinators to get their educational content approved for the continuing education. We will update registered participants via email as these opportunities become available. If you are interested in having your continuing educational content approved for the Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® course, please contact us at Info@VBassociation.com or call 561-792-4418.

17: Why are continuing education credits required after completion of the certification course?

The Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® course is the only one that offers continuing education credits to ensure that participants are up to date on best practices and case studies. The voluntary benefits industry is evolving and participants must stay up to date on industry best practices, compliances, engagement, and legal issues. These are ever evolving and to continue to stay up to date on the most important topics related to your field such as compliance and industry best practices, it is imperative to take continuing education courses. The continuing education credits will set you apart from other professionals in the industry who have not pursued specialized education in voluntary benefits.

18: Is it possible to receive group discounts if multiple people from our organization are obtaining certification?

Yes, we have group packages available uniquely tailored to fit each organization. Please email Info@VBassociation.com or call 561-792-4418 for more information.

19: Who do I contact for more information on the certifications?

For more information email us at Info@VBassociation.com or call

561-792-4418 to speak to us in person.

20: Can I be reimbursed by my employer for my certification?

Yes, in most cases. Many employers reimburse their employees for specialized continuing education. Please check with your organization to see if they will reimburse you for the certification. If you need assistance in obtaining approval to be reimbursed, please feel free to utilize our “Employer Reimbursement” sample letter regarding the importance and benefits to obtaining a certification. CLICK HERE to download the document.

21: How do I begin? Where and when can I sign up/register for the certification courses?

There are two options. You can choose to sign up today and attend the sessions in person by opting to sit in educational sessions with the leading industry professionals at the 5th Annual Voluntary Benefits Conference™, www.VoluntaryBenefitsConference.com, or you can opt to take the classes online. To register for the event please CLICK HERE. You can also sign up to take the course online. To register and take the certification course online please CLICK HERE.

22: If I fail the exam can I take the exam again?

Yes, you can take the exam up to two times without having to pay a fee. If you are not able to pass the exam after the second time, you will be required to pay a re-examination fee of $200.

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