WorldatWork Society Introduces Certification in Executive Compensation

New designation will be available to the public in October

September 24, 2010 — Washington — In the wake of the economic crisis and continued scrutiny of executive compensation by media and shareholders, a large number of U.S. companies are challenged with attracting and retaining critical-skill employees and talented leaders to help them rebound and prosper (Source: Towers Watson 2010). Executive compensation practitioners are being called upon to design and manage programs that attract, motivate and retain dynamic executives and leaders who have the ability to drive positive business results. To ensure that companies are working with knowledgeable and competent executive rewards practitioners, WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals® is introducing the Certified Executive Compensation Professional™ (CECP) credential in October. The new certification is designed for executive rewards practitioners, consultants and human resources managers involved in the design and administration of executive compensation to objectively measure and signify their knowledge and credibility in this specialty area.

“Executive compensation is a high-stakes endeavor requiring strategic knowledge and critical skills,” said Don Lindner, CCP, executive compensation practice leader for WorldatWork. “Poor practices in executive compensation can lead to intense public scrutiny, organizational instability and turnover. When done right, it leads to better business outcomes and organizational stability.”

Several executive compensation practitioners who participated in the CECP beta test will be designated with the credential once it debuts in October. One of the new certified professionals, Jessica Carbullido, CEP, MBA, Director of Compensation, Con-way, Inc. said, “With more than 15 years of experience in both compensation and executive compensation, I can honestly say that executive compensation is the most complex and dynamic field of total rewards. In order to have an effective and compliant executive compensation program, professionals are required to have a broad and in-depth understanding of strategy, plan design and administration, and this designation will help give some true credibility to those with that strong knowledge base.”

The CECP certification was developed after WorldatWork completed an extensive analysis of the executive compensation body of knowledge, practices and competencies earlier this year. Similar to the Certified Sales Compensation Professional™ (CSCP) designation, this new credential can be acquired by passing one comprehensive, computer-based exam. The CECP was developed under a competency-based model, so there is no single preparation course that includes all content in the exam. However, chances for success improve for candidates with at least three or more years of experience.

To review the executive compensation body of knowledge, click here.

About WorldatWork®:
The Total Rewards Association

WorldatWork ( is a not-for-profit organization providing education, conferences and research focused on global human resources issues including compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork has nearly 30,000 members in more than 100 countries. Its affiliate organization, WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals®, is the certifying body for the prestigious Certified Compensation Professional® (CCP®), Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®), Work-Life Certified Professional™ (WLCP®), Certified Sales Compensation Professional™ (CSCP™), and Certified Executive Compensation Professional™ (CECP™). WorldatWork has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.

The WorldatWork group of registered marks includes: Alliance for Work-Life Progress® or AWLP®, workspan®, WorldatWork ® Journal, and Compensation Conundrum®.

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