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Employee Benefits Advisor Credentialing Program

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DCPAS developed and manages the Department of Defense Employee Benefits Advisor (DOD EBA) Credentialing Program. The first certification program of its type within the Federal Government, the DOD EBA promotes the journey to professionalize the DOD HR Community. The program focuses on the interpretation and application of Federal laws, regulations, and DOD policy and practices within the Employee Benefits functional area.

EBAs earn “credentials” through completion of the three-tier DOD EBA Credentialing Program. The overall program consists of three examination levels. The employee must attend the three (3) resident courses offered by DCPAS and complete the corresponding exam(s) in sequential order.

  • Level I (Basic)

    To be eligible to take the Level I Credentialing Exam, the employee must complete the Basic Benefits Course https://www.apps.cpms.osd.mil/cpmstraining/app/training.aspx with at least an 85% on the course post-test and must be in the 0201 or 0203 occupational job series.

  • Level II (Intermediate)

    To be eligible to take the Level II Credentialing Exam, the employee must complete the Benefits Intermediate Course https://www.apps.cpms.osd.mil/cpmstraining/app/training.aspx with at least an 85% on the course post-test. Additionally, the employee must have passed the Level I Exam with at least an 85%, be in the 0201 occupational job series, and assigned as an Employee Benefits Advisor.

  • Level III (Advanced)

    To be eligible for the Level III Credentialing exam, the employee must complete the Advanced Benefits Workshop Course https://www.apps.cpms.osd.mil/cpmstraining/app/training.aspx with at least 85% on the course post-test. Additionally, the employee must have passed the Level II Exam with at least an 85%, must be in the 0201 occupational job series, and assigned as an Employee Benefits Advisor.

DOD recognizes that the Office of Personnel Management’s Human Resource (HR) Competencies are essential to providing quality human resource services. With this thought in mind, all course material is centered on the EBA technical competency: Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to retirement, insurance, injury compensation, and other employee benefits programs as prescribed in the Human Resources Management Competency Model.

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