Benefits Specialist

Certificate | Code: 1182

About the program

This program will emphasize theories, concepts and applications as they apply to strategic benefits management. It will provide a formal background in practical skill competencies as they relate to total reward strategies. The program will assist individuals to develop benefit management skills as well as an opportunity for further professional development. Overall, the focus is in the design, delivery and evaluation of materials in the strategic benefits management field.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older, AND CHRP designation
OR
  • Graduate of Conestoga College Human Resources Management (Co-op, graduate certificate) program or Human Resources (part-time) program or equivalent
OR
  • The following three courses:
    • BUS1020 Organizational Behaviour
    • HRM1020 Human Resources Management or HRM1140 Organizational Behaviour for Human Resource Managers
    • ACCT1020 Financial and Managerial Accounting
    OR
  • Five (5) years of work experience in the area of human resources and compensation

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students should be aware that excellent reading and comprehension skills are required for success in this program.
  • Many of the courses in this program are delivered on-line. Basic computer skills are an asset.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Apply the concepts of strategic compensation and benefits management.
  • Apply the concepts of total reward strategies.
  • Apply financial and managerial accounting practices as they relate to compensation and benefits.
  • Establish measurement and evaluation methods of effective rewards management with a focus on benefits.
  • Design an effective benefits program.
  • Design and manage retirement plans.
  • Design and manage health care and insurance plans.
  • Plan benefits programs to support an organization's strategic plan.
  • Communicate the total rewards strategy.
  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of outsourcing compensation and benefits functions.
  • Compare and contrast the tax implications of various reward strategies
  • Design reward strategies that are legally compliant.

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Program contact

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Upcoming Registrations

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Spring Registration: February 4, 2019
Fall Registration: July 8, 2019