Certified Total Rewards Specialist™ (CTRS) Workshop

Provides early-career compensation and benefits practitioners an opportunity to achieve certification in a convenient three-day format, based on an assessment of basic competencies related to job evaluation, benchmarking, pay structures, core benefits and the total rewards approach.

3-day interactive session

Offered in-person, online, and in-house at your Organization

Accredited by ASEAN Total Rewards Institute

Course Introduction

This workshop provides early-career compensation and benefits practitioners an opportunity to achieve certification in a convenient three-day format, based on an assessment of basic competencies related to job evaluation, benchmarking, pay structures, core benefits and the total rewards approach.

The focus is on ensuring practitioners are equipped with the essential knowledge, terminology, theory, methods, and attitudes for performing their jobs with excellence.

Class discussions are used to develop attitudes and insights into the nature of tangible and intangible rewards. This is not intended as a skill-building course, but provides formal training in the essential knowledge needed for compensation and benefits.

An assessment exam is included, requiring a 70% passing score for certification, along with evidence (resume or LinkedIn profile) of one year experience performing compensation and benefits duties within an organization.

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Learning Objectives

Apply the total rewards approach

Perform job analysis and job evaluation to grade jobs

Source and analyze benchmark compensation data

Prepare market analysis to determine competitive position

Develop a salary range structure, with or without regression

Support core employee benefits programs

Work effectively with HR and managers to support sound pay decisions

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for compensation and benefits practitioners with at least one year of hands on experience in an organizational setting. Those with 1-3 years of compensation and benefits experience will be best prepared to learn and to take the assessment exam.

This is a certification workshop for those with experience; it is not intended for those wishing to explore a move into compensation and benefits, who are strictly doing payroll or who have never done actual C&B work such as job evaluation, market pricing or benefits administration. Such persons should attend the standalone courses, which include more class discussions, skill-building exercises and networking opportunities.

Detailed Agenda

Assessment and Certification

To ensure learners have sufficiently acquired the competencies taught in this course, an assessment may be taken for certification. Certification as a Certified Total Rewards Specialist™ (CTRS) will be valid for as long as the certificate holder remains active in the HR profession, with career breaks lasting no longer than 1 year.

If you are not intended to attend all 3-days course, you may choose to attend any course module at your convenience time. Those not wishing to take the assessment may receive a Certificate of Attendance.

There are two components of the assessment: 1) achievement of a passing score (28 out of 40 items, or 70%) on a written exam; and 2) relevant work experience in human resources, including experience or direct exposure/involvement in rewards issues, such as developing salary offers, managing promotions, etc.

Upon successfully attend all 3-days course followed by the assessment, you will receive the Certification as a Certified Total Rewards Specialist™ (CTRS) which be endorsed by the ASEAN Total Rewards Institute (ATRI).

Written Exam

The written exam will be conducted online. Each certification candidate will provide an email address. An email will be sent to the candidate from the ASEAN Total Rewards Institute (ATRI) with a URL link to the exam. The exam can be taken once each 30 days until passed. All those taking the certification exam will receive a letter confirming their overall score plus indication of pass/fail status.

Certification also requires confirmation by the instructor that the learner has significant and relevant work experience. This is to prevent “selling paper”, i.e. certifying good test takers who lack relevant work experience. Competence is more than knowledge, but includes skill and attitudes as well, which are gained through experience within an organization. The ATRI-designated instructor will conduct both parts of the assessment and make the final decision whether to certify the individual, based on both test completion and recognition of prior experience.

About ASEAN Total Rewards Institute™

The ASEAN Total Rewards Institute™, or ATRI, is a collaboration of leading human resources and total rewards practitioners to provide professionals the opportunity to be trained and certified in the field of compensation and benefits in the ASEAN regional context.

ATRI is owned by Freelance Total Rewards Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based total rewards management consulting and training firm, led by Thomas A. Farmer, CCP, SPHR, ACTA. The firm has advised dozens of clients in Southeast Asia and beyond, and was established in 2013. Tom is a former Principal with Mercer and a former Vice President, Compensation & Benefits for InterContinental Hotels Group. He has trained over 2,000 HR professionals and over 600 line managers on pay-related topics. You can find more information from ATRI official website about the certification.

What Others Say About This Course

“I gained a lot of value and insights from this programme. I am thankful for having the opportunity to attend as this programme did a great job delivering the curriculum.”
“Very informative. Really made me think about possible scenarios. I found Tom Farmer, the trainer excellent. He could answer all questions asked and delivered the course in an interesting format.”
“Great Trainer, willing to share his own materials to participants. Fresh idea got showed something different from old practice”
“Tom Farmer is a real expert. A Jedi master in C&B. Elbee handled everything well. Professional and warm. Keep it up guys. Congratulations I learned a lot.”

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