Benefits Specialist (Part-time)
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About the ProgramThis 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.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older, AND CHRP designation
- Graduate of Conestoga College Human Resources Management (Co-op, graduate certificate) program or Human Resources (part-time) program or equivalent
- The following three courses:
- BUS1020 Organizational Behaviour
- HRM1020 Human Resources Management or HRM1140 Organizational Behaviour for Human Resource Managers
- ACCT1020 Financial and Managerial Accounting
- 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.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents 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 www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
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 Related Resources
- 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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|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
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