WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals offers four types of professional certification:

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP®) : Since 1976, CCP certification has provided proof of CCP recipients' expertise in compensation planning and administration. To earn the CCP certification, you must pass nine required exams.
  • Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP): CBP certification requires a passing score on seven exams, however the subject matter focuses on employee benefit programs. Retirement plans, health and welfare plans, benefits regulations and other aspects of benefits design and administration are covered.
  • Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®): The GRP certification provides a foundation of remuneration knowledge spanning across borders. The GRP supports professionals to excel around the world. To earn the GRP certification, you must pass eight exams.
  • Work-Life Certified Professional® (WLCP): The WLCP certification is designed to help HR professionals understand how to minimize the clash of work and life responsibilities that employees face. To earn the WLCP certification, you must pass four exams.

Continuing Professional Education

Why obtain CBP, GRP, CCP, WLCP certification?

Human Resources and compensation professionals are not required to obtain state licenses for their practice. To prove their expertise and develop greater knowledge in their fields, they must pursue their own continuing education. The ERI Distance Learning Center (DLC) and WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals both provide venues for Human Resources, compensation, and benefits professionals' development.

Standards of Professional Practice

WorldatWork serves as a standard bearer in the field of compensation and benefits administration. The WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals Standards of Professional Practice were created to "promote and maintain the highest level of ethical conduct in the profession." These provide a code of conduct that WorldatWork certified professionals should follow.

Obtaining the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals CCP certification demonstrates to your peers and employers that you are committed to staying on the cutting edge of your profession.

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals Exams

Each WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals certification exam has approximately 100 multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge of compensation, benefits, and work-life practices. WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals offers a 2-day preparation course prior to each exam. These WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals courses are offered worldwide, providing training on GRP, CBP, CCP, WLCP certification exam topics.

These preparation courses are not required. You may also prepare for the exams through self-study.

When deciding what WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals courses to take, you may wish to test yourself with a free WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals online quiz.

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals Recertification

Once you have earned your GRP, CBP, CCP, WLCP certification, you have the option of becoming recertified every 3 years.

To do so, you must earn 12 recertification credits every 3 years. You can earn WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals recertification credit through:

  • education programs, such as ERI Distance Learning Center online courses (credits not currently available for the CECP or CSCP)
  • membership in professional organizations (including WorldatWork)
  • conference attendance
  • leadership in an association
  • teaching/writing/speaking
  • on-the-job projects

Recertification Credits

ERI Distance Learning Center online courses provide one of the most cost-effective ways to earn WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals recertification credits. There is a nominal charge per course and you can pay by credit card or company check.

Each DLC course qualifies for recertification credit for the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP®), Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®) and Work-Life Certified Professional® (WLCP) designations granted by WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals. To determine the number of Society recertification credits that online courses qualify for, please view the Recertification Application on the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals website at www.worldatworksociety.org. (Credit approval is subject to course review by the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals. Certified courses must be on a compensation, benefits, or remuneration-related topic.)

After completing 12 required credits, you must then file a Recertification Application with WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals. WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals will update your "current to" date to 3 years in the future.

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You can use each online course to earn multiple continuing education credits . Click here to view our full online course catalog. Review course credits by your location and credit type, using our online Course Credit List.

For more information about Distance Learning Center online credits administration , please email: contact.dlc@erieri.com.

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The ERI Distance Learning Center is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/