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What is the ISCEBS?
ISCEBS stands for the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists.  ISCEBS is a membership organization that provides continuing education and networking opportunities through an online community, educational programs, information resources and publications to nearly 4,000 members who have earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plan Associate (RPA), and the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designations.

Who is eligible to join the DM Chapter?
Individuals who have earned their CEBS, GBA, RPA, and/or their CMS designations may join the Des Moines Chapter.  CEBS students who are actively pursuing their designations and who have passed at least one exam may also join both the Society and the Des Moines Chapter. Click HERE for more information.

Do I need to be a member of the International Society to belong to the Des Moines Chapter?
If you have earned your CEBS, GBA, RPA and/or CMS designation, you must join the Society to belong to the Des Moines Chapter.  CEBS students may join the Des Moines Chapter without membership in the Society.

What does it cost to be a member of ISCEBS and the Des Moines Chapter?
For 2012, the annual fees for the Society are $175 and for the Des Moines Chapter, $40. 

Can I attend DM Chapter meetings and the annual Symposium if I am not a member?
Yes, you can attend these meetings.  However, there is an additional fee for both the Chapter meetings and the annual symposium for non-members.

Why should I join the Des Moines Chapter?

Des Moines Chapter members have the opportunity to:

  • Network with local benefit professionals
  • First opportunity to register for Chapter meetings and our annual symposium
  • Attend Chapter meetings at no charge
  • Receive reduced symposium and continuing education registration rates
  • Post and review job openings (coming soon)

Who do I contact about volunteering to serve on the Des Moines Chapter Board?
You can contact any of the current Chapter Board members to volunteer for the Chapter Board.  Click HERE for a list of our Chapter Board members.

I would like to speak at the Annual Symposium or a Chapter meeting - who do I contact?
You can contact the President or Vice President, who is responsible for coordinating both the Symposium and Chapter meetings.  Click HERE for our current President & Vice President.
I completed a couple CEBS classes a few years ago but have been inactive for some time.  How do I reactivate my membership?

To reactivate your membership, contact ISCEBS at 1-888-334-3327, extension 6, or by email at [email protected].  Membership applications are also available online at To sign up for additional CEBS courses, information is available at

It’s been ten years since I took a CEBS exam.  If I reactivate my membership, will I need to retake the courses that I’ve already passed?
No, there is no expiration date on courses that you have passed.  However, there have been changes in the courses required to obtain your CEBS designation.  To find how your past coursework applies to the current designation track, contact the CEBS program at 1-800-449-2327, extension 3, before enrolling in a CEBS course.

My employer won't cover the cost of my membership.  Do you have information you can share with my employer about the merits of supporting the ISCEBS organization and the Des Moines Chapter?

Membership in both the ISCEBS and the Des Moines Chapter allows you to:

  • Participate in educational forums for cutting edge information on current benefits topics and challenges, including annual symposiums (both national and local), Chapter meetings, e-learning courses, and webcasts.
  • Attend formal continuing education courses for licensing and continuing education requirements.
  • Network at both the local and national levels.  This includes access to the ISCEBS membership directory.
  • Receive benefits industry publications from the Society:
    • Benefits Quarterly – quarterly publication focusing on policy developments and the latest trends in benefits and compensation.
    • Newsbriefs – bimonthly newsletter containing benefit and compensation information, survey results, member updates, and highlights on current Society activities.
    • E-newsletter – monthly electronic newsletters with late-breaking news and valuable reference material.
  • Purchase benefits industry resources and reference materials at a discounted rate through the Society’s bookstore.
  • Access to the Society’s Information Center, a resource that allows members to research benefits-related questions through a staff of trained information specialists.
  • Participate in the Society’s list serve, ISCEBSLink, for help and information on benefits questions and concerns.

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