Training & Certification

Overview of upcoming 2017 WorldatWork Certification Training

Location: The Silver Cloud Hotel-Seattle Stadium 

1046 1st Ave S.  Seattle, WA 98134

Classes typically begin at 8:30 am and end by 5:00 pm

• Breakfast and lunch is provided both days

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NCRF Courses for 2017:

Sept. 13-14, 2017

(Wednesday & Thursday)

(C12 / GR6): Variable Pay — Improving Performance with Variable Pay

This course presents the fundamentals of variable pay and focuses on: compensation strategy, variable pay, and the design and implementation of incentive, recognition and bonus plans.

Learn about the three categories of variable pay.

Identify common business strategies and objectives for achieving them.

Examine internal and external factors.

Discuss the activities for designing the structure of the plan.

Find out aspects to consider in establishing target performance and payouts.

Learn about funding and distribution of plan earnings.

Discover how to implement, communicate and evaluate the success of your plan.

What You Will Learn:

Supporting Business Objectives through Variable Pay

  • Elements of compensation
  • Business strategy
  • Business strategy drives business objectives
  • Business lifecycle
  • Variable pay helps achieve business objectives

Developing a Variable Pay Plan

Phase 1: Pre-Design

  • Considering internal and external factors
  • Obtaining management support
  • Identifying the design team.

Phase 2: Design

  • Determining plan objectives and plan type
  • Defining eligibility
  • Selecting performance measures

Three categories of variable pay

  • Incentive plans:

Short-term incentive plans (profit-sharing, performance-sharing, individual performance-based)

Long-term incentive plans (equity- and non-equity based)

  • Bonus plans (referral, sign-on, retention, project completion)
  • Recognition plans (spot awards, managerial recognition, nominations, organization-wide recognition)

Phase 3: Funding and distribution

  • Determining performance targets and payouts
  • Funding the plan
  • Distributing plan earnings

Final approval

Implementation and Evaluation

Plan implementation

  • Selecting the implementation team
  • Developing the communication plan
  • Introducing the plan and coordinating plan administration
  • Plan evaluation (determining plan effectiveness, why plans fail, evaluation outcomes)

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for HR professionals responsible for designing, assessing or maintaining variable pay programs.

Oct. 18-19, 2017

(Wednesday & Thursday)


(ACE): Advanced Concepts in Executive Compensation **

This course concentrates on strategic issues affecting executive compensation and key technical aspects of the regulatory environment. It covers U.S. accounting, taxation, securities issues, performance measures, long-term and short-term incentives and other aspects of executive compensation. The goal of this seminar is to enable participants to effectively interact with board of directors as well as internal or external tax, financial, legal and planning professionals. Please note that this course focuses on the design and administration of programs prevalent in publicly owned/traded companies.

Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of corporate governance to safeguard and increase value of shareholder investments.

Acquire a deeper understanding of accounting and tax considerations for executive compensation.

Obtain an overview of major securities regulations and their requirements.

Take a detailed look at the proxy statement including disclosure requirements and components of public communication.

Discuss the appropriate use of performance measures and essential plan design concepts for short-term incentive plans.

Examine the factors that influence long-term incentive vehicles and design alternatives.

Review other executive compensation issues.

What you will learn:

Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance

  • Executive compensation review
  • Corporate governance
  • Board of directors
  • Shareholder Advanced Accounting and Taxation
  • Taxation
  • Accounting for equity-based compensation
  • Option pricing valuation models
  • Earnings per share

Advanced Securities Law

  • SEC Section 16
  • SEC Rule 10(b)5
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • SEC proxy disclosure requirements Executive Compensation Issues
  • Deferred compensation
  • Employment contracts
  • Director compensation
  • Stock ownership guidelines

Long-Term Incentives and Executive Performance

  • Review of long-term incentives
  • Factors affecting LTI selection
  • Stock options
  • Stock appreciation rights
  • Restricted stock
  • Other long-term incentives (performance shares, performance unit plans, phantom stock) Performance Measurement and Short-Term Incentives
  • Performance measures
  • Short-term incentive plan design: Goal setting, funding, payout approaches, payment alternatives
  • Final consideration

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for HR, finance and legal practitioners who work in executive compensation, consultants who advise companies on executive compensation, and members of the compensation committee of the board of directors who oversee executive compensation.

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    2017 Training Cost

    Course and Exam: Includes tuition, course material and certification exam

    • $1,350 NCRF and CWCG members (10% discount off W@W Member price!)

    • $1,495 W@W members

    • $2,200 non-members

    Course Only - 2 day: Includes tuition and course material

    • $1,255 NCRF and CWCG members (10% discount off W@W Member price!)

    • $1,390 W@W membership only

    • $2,085 non-members

    ** ACE Pricing: Includes tuition and course material

    • $1,125 NCRF, CWCG, and W@W members 

    • $1,680 non-members


    Exams for the certification courses are offered via computer based testing (CBT) through an external vendor.

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