First Year Success in Online Certification Focused on Employee Benefits

Since launching the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Certification program specializing in Benefits topics for human resources, a remarkable 74 credit courses have been delivered with approximately 4,700 registrations. members interested in the area of employee benefits have the opportunity to upgrade their expertise in their own track of human resources.

With the minimum credit hour requirement of 80 credits for this program, members will soon be able to achieve accreditation. Each session is complimentary on and earns one credit hour toward certification as well as recertification for other HR associations. Webcasts may be viewed live or in the online archives so course schedule is completely flexible for busy executives.

“Valuable benefits programs are required for companies to survive through this economic recovery time. The Institute for Human Resources is crucial to HR professionals and departments keeping up with the latest insights and strategies for maintaining productive and healthy business.”
David Whitmarsh, VP of R&R (Revenue and Research),

The next two-day virtual conference delivered online by peer thought leaders in the field of Benefits will be August 7-8, 2012. Free registration is now open for any interested HR professionals. An example of a popular webcast in past virtual conferences is “Implementing Cost Saving Benefit Strategies While Increasing Employees Perceived Value of Benefits” presented by Nadine Dwan of Beneflex Insurance Services and Jeremy Lurey of Plus Delta Consulting. Check the Schedule for Upcoming Virtual Events or the Archive Listing for all programs with specialized focus in this or any division of HR. For those experienced professionals interested in sharing a recent project or topic, Submit an Idea here.

The Advisory Board is responsible for guiding the design of the curriculum, and ensuring that the material is impactful and relevant in today’s business conditions. Ongoing searches continue to maintain a dynamic mix of highly qualified HR executives in the Benefits space. The Advisory Board is currently comprised of the following professionals:

Ronald S. Leopold, Metlife Insurance Company
Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer PC
Jim Ouimet, Workplace Affinity
Lillian Shapiro, ASC
Robert Steele, empowhr

Interested content providers and experts may contact Diana Vallee at .

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About The Institute for Human Resources (IHR) (
IHR focuses on education, online certification, and career development in the HR profession. IHR currently covers 20 key HR verticals ranging from Benefits, Rewards and Recognition, Integrated Talent Management to Employee Wellness and others. Each program provides a full list of education, virtual events and accredited certification courses for a 12 -18 month period. Education, training and certification credits are available with “authorized partners” as well as with educational webcasts and award-winning virtual events. See List of All Programs.

For more information contact:
Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator,
1-877-472-6648, ext. 104

Diana Vallee
Facilitator — Benefits: Cost Containment, Audits and Legal Risks
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