Certification Requirements and Registration

The ECFC, through it’s subsidiary the Flexible Compensation Institute, LLC, now offers three levels of certification.  The Flexible Compensation Specialist (FCS) designation, the Certified in Flexible Compensation (CFC) designation, and the COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS) designation.  In addition, for those professionals committed to training future leaders in the field of flexible compensation, the ECFC offers an upgrade from the CFC designation to Certified Flexible Compensation Instructor (CFCI).  Courses led by those certified as CFCIs will be recognized as eligible to provide continuing education units to both the instructor and attendees.

Flexible Compensation Specialist Exam

  • FCS Exam Requirements -To apply for the FCS designation, one must have record of at least 6 Continuing Education units. If you are interested in taking the FCS examination and need to verify your FCI CE unit total, please contact the ECFC at info@ecfc.org or 202-659-4300
  • FCS Exam Process - The exam is composed of 75 multiple-choice questions. The applicant will have three hours to complete the exam. If the applicant successfully passes the exam, s/he will be awarded a certificate and the right to carry the FCS designation after his or her name.
  • FCS Exam Registration - The online registration form is now available - Click Here to go to the FCS Registration Form.  Note: registration is the first step in the FCS exam process.  Once your registration is received, your file will be reviewed by ECFC staff to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements to sit for the exam.
  • FCS Exam Registration Fee - The FCS registration fee for ECFC industry members (plan sponsors, non-profits, and plan administrators) is $180. The FCS registration fee for ECFC associate and individual members is $220. The FCS registration fee for non-ECFC members is $360.


The FCS designation serves as a stepping stone for new professionals. As they become more experienced in the flexible compensation, they should consider the CFC designation.

Certification in Flexible Compensation Exam

  • CFC Exam Requirements - To apply for the CFC designation, one must have at least three years (36 months) of experience in the industry and record of at least 12 Continuing Education units. If you are interested in taking the CFC examination and need to verify your FCI CE units, please contact the ECFC at info@ecfc.org or 202-659-4300.
  • CFC Exam Process - The CFC examination is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. You have three hours to take the exam online. When complete, you will instantly receive notice of pass or fail.
  • CFC Exam Registration - The online registration form is now available - Click Here to go to the CFC Registration Form.  Note: registration is the first step in the CFC exam process.  Once your registration is received, your file will be reviewed by ECFC staff to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements to sit for the exam.
  • CFC Exam Registration Fee - The CFC registration fee for ECFC industry members (plan sponsors, non-profits, and plan administrators) is $325. The CFC registration fee for ECFC associate and individual members is $375.  The CFC registration fee for employees of non-ECFC members is $650.

Upgrade to CFCI

Professionals who already carry the CFC designation and are committed to training future leaders in the field should consider upgrading their designations from CFC to Certified in Flexible Compensation Instruction. To upgrade, one must have:

  1. Held the CFC designation for at least one year
  2. Have at least 5 years experience in the industry, and
  3. Have record of at least 22 Continuing Education units (you cannot utilize CE units that were utilized for recertification or initial exam CE units).

No exam is required for the CFCI upgrade. The applicant simply completes the CFCI upgrade application and provides verification that s/he has fulfilled the requirements. If the applicant meets the requirements, s/he will be awarded a certificate, a lapel pin, and the right to carry the CFCI designation after her/his name. S/He is now certified by Flexible Compensation Institute, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ECFC, to teach flexible compensation courses. Courses led by those certified as CFCIs will be recognized as eligible to provide continuing education units to both the instructor and attendees.

The CFCI Upgrade fee for ECFC members is $225. The CFCI Upgrade fee for non-ECFC members is $450.00.

If you have questions concerning the process to upgrade to CFCI please send them to info@ecfc.org or call us at 202-659-4300.

Advanced Certification in Flexible Compensation (ACFC)

Designed for professionals involved in all aspects of the flexible compensation field who have mastered the advanced technical areas of the industry, the Advanced Certified in Flexible Compensation designation requires a mastery of these additional core competencies:

  • Best Practice Case Studies
  • TPA Liability
  • Cyber Liability
  • Employee Benefit Plan Department of Labor (DOL) Audits
  • HIPAA/HITECH
  • ACA Compliant Advanced Planning Techniques Part 1
  • ACA Compliant Advanced Planning Techniques Part 2
  • Employer Reporting and Compliance Calendar

Individuals who are interested in obtaining ACFC Certification, please see the following prerequisites and requirements:

  1. Must have least five years of experience in the compensation/benefits industry
  2. Must have held the CFC designation for at least one year
  3. Must provide documentation of receiving at least 12 CE units
  4. Must demonstrate expertise in the ACFC core competencies by passing the ACFC exam
  5. Must pay all appropriate certification, CE, and exam fees

ACFC Exam Fees:  Click here to purchase the ACFC Exam
Advisory Council, Advisory Council - Board, Board, Guest, Non-Profit, Plan Administrator/Consultant/Service Provider, Plan Sponsor Corporate - $325.00
Associate, Individual - $375.00
Nonmember - $650.00


COBRA Administration Specialist

  • CAS Requirements - To apply for the CAS designation, one must have at least one year (12 months) of experience in the industry and a record of at least six COBRA Continuing Education units. COBRA Continuing Education units are denoted as CCE, and cannot be substituted with general continuing education units.
  • CAS Exam Process - The CAS examination is composed of 75 multiple-choice questions. You have three hours to take the exam online. When complete, you will instantly receive notice of pass or fail.
  • CAS Exam Registration - The online registration form is now available - Click Here to go to the CAS Registration Form. Note: registration is the first step in the CFC exam process.  Once your registration is received, your file will be reviewed by ECFC staff to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements to sit for the exam. 
  • CAS Registration Fee - The CAS registration fee for ECFC members is $325. The CAS Exam fee for non-ECFC members is $650.00.

If you are interested in taking the CAS examination and need to verify your FCI CCE unit total, please contact the ECFC at info@ecfc.org or 202-659-4300.

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