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Benefits Specialist (Part-time)

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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.

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How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
HRM1110 Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Program
Description: The focus of this course is on designing, administering and funding company benefit plans including life, short term disability, long term disability, major medical, dental and pension plans. Current trends in the insurance industry in the group benefits area will be reviewed. Students will also have an opportunity to explore the linkages which exist between government sponsored plans and company sponsored plans. Current approaches to benefit design will be reviewed and students will explore alternative design types and critique their suitability for differing employee needs. Cost and price issues will also be reviewed along with some of the major pieces of legislation impacting on this area.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HRM1050
HRM1330 Health Care Economics and Issues
Description: Economics is a social science that concerns itself with analyzing the production and distribution of goods and services. Health economics concerns itself with the health care economy and applies the tools of economics to the health care sector. This course is based on the assumption that in order to understand the field of health economics, students must develop a working knowledge of the analytical tools of economics. Topics covered include an analysis of the factors that affect supply and demand for health care services; how health care is financed; statistical tools used in health care economics; and the role of technology, pharmaceuticals and information asymmetry. An analysis of health care reforms is presented from the viewpoints of the private sector as well as federal and provincial/territorial. A review of other countries' initiatives of health care reform is provided. The primary objective of the course is to show that economics can help those involved in the employee benefits field better understand how decision makers throughout the health economy make choices.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
HRM1360 Applications of Group Benefits
Description: This course examines in-depth, specific applications of life, health and other group benefits programs provided by employers. Among the programs covered are life insurance, income replacement, health, dental, and work/life programs including employee assistance and wellness, financial planning and other financial benefits. This course also provides an introduction to flexible benefits design options.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
HRM1370 Government Sponsored Benefits
Description: This course is designed to provide an understanding of the types of government-sponsored health, welfare and retirement income benefits available in Canada, their basic objectives and the principles on which they operate. Subjects covered include Old Age Security, the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan, Workers' Compensation, Employment Insurance, health care benefits available from the government, as well as other benefits administered by Human Resources Development Canada, provincial and other agencies.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
HRM1110 Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Program X X
HRM1330 Health Care Economics and Issues X
HRM1360 Applications of Group Benefits X X
HRM1370 Government Sponsored Benefits X


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Sofija Jelacic, 519-748-5220 ext. 2240 or

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