EXPECT THE BEST. BECOME A LEADER.

Flexible compensation is constantly evolving as new regulations, laws, and interpretations affect the discipline. Leading flexible compensation professionals submit to a rigorous program of study and agree to adhere to the highest ethical and fiduciary standards.

Become a leader and develop your skills, knowledge, and expertise through ECFC’s certification program.

Executive Summary of the Survey to ECFC Certified professionals | June 2013

ECFC conducted a survey of individuals who hold a certification as a FCS, CFC, CAS, ACFC, CFCI, and/or ACFCI, and results of that survey are provided as an executive summary and are being used by the ECFC Education Committee to plan ongoing and new programs to meet the needs of certified individuals.

Flexible Compensation Specialist (FCS)


Designed for professionals who are just beginning their careers in the flexible compensation field, the Flexible Compensation Specialist designation requires an understanding of three main topics within flexible compensation:

  1. Flexible Spending Accounts
  2. Claims Management and Payment Cards
  3. Consumer Driven Healthcare: Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Certified in Flexible Compensation (CFC)


Designed for professionals who are involved in all aspects of the flexible compensation field, the Certified in Flexible Compensation designation requires an understanding of eight main topics within flexible compensation:

  1. Flexible Spending Accounts
  2. Claims Management and Payment Cards
  3. Consumer Driven Healthcare: Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
  4. Legal Requirements
  5. Plan Discrimination
  6. Documentation and Filing Requirements
  7. Transit and Parking Plans
  8. HIPAA and COBRA

Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation (ACFC)

Designed for those involved in all aspects of the flexible compensation field and who have a mastery of the more technical aspects of the industry, the Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation requires a mastery of four topic areas, in addition to the fundamental eight domains of the CFC program:

  • Best Practice Case Studies
  • Employee Benefit Plan Audits
  • HIPAA/HITECH
  • Plan Communication Techniques

Instructor Programs: CFCI & ACFCI

For current CFCs or ACFCs, the Certified in Flexible Compensation Instruction (CFCI) and Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation Instruction (ACFCI) designations are for those who are committed to training future leaders through courses that provide continuing education.

In addition to the fundamental eight domains of the CFC program, and the four domains of the ACFC (if ACFC), the candidate must have demonstrated expertise through years of experience in the field of flexible compensation.

 

COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS)


Designed for professionals who frequently engage in COBRA administration, the COBRA Administration Specialist designation is the first specialty designation offered by the FCI, LLC, and deals specifically with the challenges of administering COBRA and its myriad rules and regulations. The CAS designation requires an understanding of six domains within COBRA:

  • COBRA Basics
  • COBRA Eligibility
  • COBRA Premiums
  • COBRA application to HRA and FSA
  • COBRA and business reorganization and retiree issues
  • COBRA interaction with other laws


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