Course Corner: Canadian GBA 1 Revisions

As the employee benefits industry evolves, the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® (CEBS®) curriculum is updated to reflect this reality. The Canadian GBA 1 course has been fully revised to meet the changing group benefit plans landscape. This new CEBS course will help you gain valuable skills that you can put into practice on the job today as well as provide the emergent, cutting-edge knowledge that will prepare you for future roles.

Study Materials for GBA 1, including a new Study Guide and textbook, are available for purchase.  You’ll be able to write exams for the new course beginning in the first Testing Window of 2023. Online Study Groups With Instructor Support for the new courses will be offered for the first time during the spring 2023 session.

Below is an outline of the new Canadian course:

GBA 1—Managing Benefit Plans Part 1

Module 1: Managing Risk in Benefit Plans
Benefits in Action #1: We need a benefits plan.

Module 2: Leveraging the Benefits Plan Management Function
Benefits in Action #2: What is within my scope of accountability as a benefits plan sponsor?

Module 3: Applying Functional Analysis to Benefit Plans

Module 4: Designing Benefit Plans
Benefits in Action #3: How do I make this plan competitive and comprehensive?

Module 5: Funding Benefit Plans

Module 6: Administering Benefit Plans

Module 7: Processing Benefit Plan Claims

Module 8: Initial Pricing of Group Insurance Products

Module 9: Establishing Renewal Rates for Group Insurance
Benefits in Action #4: How do I prepare for a benefits renewal?

Module 10: Marketing a Group Insurance Plan

Module 11: Capstone Case:  Learning the Benefits Management Ropes—From Funding to Admin to Marketing

If you have any questions about Study Materials or the new Canadian GBA 1 course, please reach out to our CEBS Customer Service team at