Training & Certification

Overview of upcoming 2018 World at Work 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 2018:

March 8-9,2018

Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals (C8)

In this competitive, global economy business leaders expect you to go beyond the technical aspects of your job and think like a businessperson. In fact, strategic business understanding was one of eight key differentiators of top performers according to the WorldatWork Total Rewards Professionals' Career Census. To gain this understanding, you must embody business acumen skills–knowing what's going on around you and how the business works internally and externally. Having a keen sense of business knowledge is essential for better decision making and driving long-term positive results for your organization.

This course covers the essential skills, behaviors and actions that support the understanding and development of business acumen–helping you learn to see "the big picture," understand finance concepts, recognize the important relationship between compensation plans and the bottom line, and make wiser decisions. In this course you will:

  • Learn what it takes to apply key business acumen skills and behaviors
  • Understand, evaluate, and articulate the relationship between compensation and business outcomes
  • Grasp essential financial concepts and know how your business works and recognize the relationship between the compensation plan and the bottom line
  • Strengthen communication skills

What You Will Learn:

Introduction to Business Acumen

  • Business acumen skills and behaviors and key competencies
  • Importance of business acumen to organizations and individuals
  • The Global Rewards Framework
  • Role of the compensation professional

Communication and Connections

  • Building a knowledge network
  • Identifying resources and where data comes from
  • Importance of fact-based communication
  • Engaging and contributing to discussions with non-compensation colleagues

   Financial Literacy

  • Basics of financial reports
  • Common profit measures
  • Common metrics

    Evaluating the Business

  • Key performance indicators
  • The organization's bottom line and its impact on compensation
  • Common tools and approaches for evaluation

    Knowing How Business Works

  • Competitive strategies and market position
  • Allowances
  • Business life cycle

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for those individuals who are pursuing the CCP or GRP. The course has been designed to provide critical insights around business acumen and explores how the compensation professional can leverage these insights to maximize their role within their organization.

May 3-4,2018


Base Pay Administration and Pay for Performance (C4)

This course provides an in-depth discussion of the principles, design, implementation and evaluation of an employee base-pay program. Exercises will show how to design a pay program that is fair, competitive and supportive of an organization’s compensation strategy. In this course, you will:

  • Identify the relationship between an employee total rewards program and an organization’s business strategy
  • Discuss the design of base pay programs and necessary considerations
  • Discover what it takes to implement and deliver base pay
  • Examine pay for performance merit pay systems including development, utilization and costing
  • Address the effectiveness and efficiency of pay programs through monitoring and evaluation
  • Discern how and when human resources should be involved in mergers and acquisitions

What You Will Learn:

The Role of Base Pay in Total Rewards

  • Elements of compensation
  • The total rewards design process
  • Job evaluation methods
  • Job worth hierarchy

Designing Base Pay Structures

  • Base-pay structure
  • Building a base-pay structure
  • Pay structure design considerations
  • Pay structure design
  • Broadbands

Base Pay Implementation and Delivery

  • Pay approaches
  • Job-based pay
  • Differentials
  • Pay actions
  • Communicating pay actions
  • New hire pay rates

Pay for Performance and Salary Budgeting

  • Pay for performance
  • Compensation strategy and philosophy
  • Principles of merit-pay programs
  • The base pay investment
  • Merit increase guidelines
  • Components of market-based salary budget

Administering and Evaluating Base Pay Programs

  • Monitoring pay levels
  • Compression
  • Maintaining pay structures
  • Base-pay program review and audit

Mergers, Acquisitions and Base Compensation

  • Key priorities for human resources in the process
  • HR participation on teams
  • Integrating compensation plans
  • Communicating compensation changes

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for emerging compensation practitioners with limited experience in developing pay structures. Knowledge of basic mathematical concepts such as mean, median, weighted average, compa-ratio, percentiles and calculating percentages is recommended, as well as an understanding of the concept of regression analysis.

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    2018 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


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

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