FCI FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Certification

 

How do I benefit from getting certified?  You will benefit by gaining increased knowledge in the field, as well external recognition for obtaining a professional designation.         

      

Where do I begin? You will select which credentialing program you would like to study and purchase the study program through ECFC.

 

What programs are available?  You can choose from the following:

 

  • Flexible Compensation Specialist (FCS) which is a program for those new to the industry.
  • Certified in Flexible Compensation (CFC) which is a program for those that have been in the industry at least 3 years and includes more advanced topics.
  • Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation (ACFC) which is a program for those that have already obtained the CFC and who have been in the industry at least 5 years and are looking to expand their knowledge of advanced industry topics.
  • COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS) which is a program for those that are looking for a specialty designation that focuses on COBRA topics and administration.

How do I get started preparing for the exam?  Begin preparing for the examination by viewing the study program materials that includes PowerPoint slides, recordings and a study guide.

    

Is there a fee to take the exam?  Yes, it is half the cost to take the exam after you successfully either complete the required study program and/or provide evidence of the required education credits.

 

How do I register to take the exam?  You will apply to take the exam and fill out the applicatoin form on the Certification Page.  Upload your transcript.  Once approved you will be invoiced for the exam and registered for the exam.  The exam will be located under your MY LEARNING tab.  Once you launch the exam you have three hours to take it.


How do i download my transcript? Your transcript is located under your ECFC Profile, Manage Profile - Professional Development - Print Transcript (or email).  *if problems printing, make sure you enable "pop-ups".

 

What if my organization "shares" ECFC education material? If you share ECFC education materials please include this on the Continuing Education Approval Request Form. There is a $20 per credit hour approval fee.

 

What if i have non-ECFC continuing education credits? Please fill out the Continuing Education Approval Request Form.  There is a $20 per credit hour approval fee.

 

Where should I take the exam?  We recommend that you book a small meeting room so you do not have any distractions.        

       

Is there a time limit on the exam?  Yes, you have three hours to complete the exam.         

       

What is the exam format?   

The FCS Exam contains 75 multiple-choice questions.  

The CFC Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions.

The ACFC Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions.

The CAS Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions.

           

 What if I fail the exam?  You can retake the exam at half the cost of the exam.  Just apply again and check the "retake" box on the application. You will be invoiced and sent the exam link again.  

  

When do I find out if I passed?  Immediately after completion of your exam, a pop up screen will notify you whether you passed or failed.

 

What if you pass?   

  • Celebrate!  Congratulations!
  • After you’ve passed your exam you can begin adding your designation letters to your email signature.
  • Print out your certification located under you MY LEARNING Gradebook.  A copy will always be in your Professional Development tab under CERTIFICATIONS under the "printer symbol"

 

What do you need to do to maintain your ECFC Certification?  Each certification has a minimum number of hours to maintain over a three year period.

  • Flexible Compensation Specialist (FCS) Certification requires 4 CEU’s to renew the certification every three years.  
  • Certified in Flexible Compensation (CFC) Certification requires 12 CEU’s to renew the certification every three years.
  • Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation (ACFC) requires 12 CEU’s to renew the certification every three years.
  • COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS) Certification requires 6 COBRA Related CEU’s to renew the certification every three years.  

The COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS) Certification requires 6 CEU’s to renew their certification in three years. Please note that EE’s who have earned the CAS designation should make special attempt to attend any COBRA related webinars.

How can you obtain continuing education credits to maintain your certification?

Continuing education credits can be earned by attending ECFC sponsored events that will include: ECFC Annual Conference, ECFC Annual Symposium, ECFC webinars, ECFC 2nd Wednesday Teleconference Series.

Non-ECFC continuing education may be approved by submitting course information and pay a separate $20 per hour CE fee.

Guideline for using your ECFC Designation

Proper ECFC Designation Acronym and Logo Usage

As a designation graduate, you have permission to use the acronym or logo of the designation you have earned on your resume, business card/stationery, in personal advertising, etc. As such, you play a key role in helping ECFC preserve the recognition and value of our designation programs. Please review our Designation Guidelines to ensure you understand the proper designation acronym and logo usage.

YOUR SIGNATURE


The ECFC Education Committee encourages the authorized use of the logo, certificate, and designation acronym. Certificants who wish to use the ECFC designations may do so in the following manner:


John Doe, CFC

John Doe, CFC, CAS


You are permitted to use ECFC designations and logo in the above manner, on business cards and letterhead provided you are in good standing with ECFC.
 

Flexible Compensation Specialist use FCS
Certified in Flexible Compensation use CFC
Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation use ACFC
COBRA Administration Specialist use CAS
Certified in Flexible Compensation Instructor use CFCI
Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation Instructor use ACFCI

Right Click on logo to "Save as" on your computer:

          

YOUR CERTIFICATE

Certificates are located under your PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TAB in your ECFC Manage Profile.  Click on the Certification and the “printer symbol”.  Frame your certificate and display it in your office on your wall or shelf. Distinctively designed, this certificate will emphasize your professionalism to potential clients as well as your business relationships.
if taking your exam under the MY LEARNING site, certificates are located in your gradebook.

What’s next?    

Consider taking the next level examination. i.e. If you recently completed and took the FCS, consider preparing for and taking the CFC. Just remember that in order to sit for the CFC, you should have a minimum of three years in the industry.   

 

 

 



The FCS, CFC, ACFC, CFCI, ACFCI and CAS are administered by the Flexible Compensation Institute, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ECFC.