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GBA 1 - Directing Benefits Programs Part 1

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Organizational success in today’s competitive world places a premium on attracting and retaining global talent. Designing and administering the very best employee benefits plans is a critical success factor contributing to effective total compensation strategies. GBA 1 provides the essential framework, knowledge, and competencies for designing cutting-edge health and welfare employee benefits programs. The course is updated to supply the latest legislative, regulatory and marketplace innovations to thrive in a post-COVID-19 world. GBA 1 details wide-ranging issues in managing employee benefit risks and supplies the expertise to meet the myriad challenges that accompany health and welfare plan administration. The course provides an approach for strategically evaluating an organization’s overall benefits philosophy and for selecting specific benefit plan alternatives on the health and welfare continuum. Alongside group health, dental, behavioral health, and wellness programs; the course explains the various vendors and specialized professionals, such as prescription benefit managers, employee assistance professionals, and consultants whose expertise must be integrated to deliver a fully functional world-class benefits program.

Course Details

GBA 1 - Directing Benefits Programs Part 1

Your purchase includes on-demand access to the digital study guide and practice exam.

Course Level
Average Completion Time
14-15 Weeks
  • Employee Benefits: The Environment
  • Managing Employee Benefits Risks
  • Group Health Plan Structures
  • Consumer-Directed Health Plans
  • Dental, Vision and Hearing Care Benefits
  • Prescription Drug Coverage Options
  • Behavioral Health Care Benefits
  • Workplace Wellness Programs
  • Section 125 Plans
  • Health Care Regulation and Analysis

Required Course Materials

To successfully complete the course, you must purchase and pass the exam. Other optional but recommended purchases include the textbook, printed study guide and online study group with instructor support. To place your order, please visit the International Foundation of Employee Plans website at

When ready, purchase your course exam from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans at