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Compensation & Benefits | Certificate Program

In the face of a completely disrupted business landscape, changing employee expectations, and growing scrutiny on wage fairness, Compensation and Benefits strategies are under unprecedented pressure. Approaches that worked a few years ago will leave your organization vulnerable to a variety of risks.

Become a total rewards expert and learn everything you need to create a future-proof C&B strategy by developing modern skills ranging from strategic thinking to hands-on analytics.



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Study 3 hours/week to finish in 10 weeks


12 Months

12 months to obtain your certificate


5 courses + capstone project

40 video lessons + assignments + quizzes

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Your Comp & Ben strategy is a critical part of your organization's toolkit when it comes to attracting and retaining the talent you need to thrive now and in the future. This online Compensation and Benefits certificate program for HR professionals equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to create an effective C&B strategy and Total Rewards model. From benchmarking salaries to job grading and from sales compensation to pay gap analyses, this comprehensive program will help you drive business impact with your Compensation & Benefits initiatives.

Total Rewards Strategy

Understand the process of shaping a Total Rewards Strategy from direct compensation and benefits plans, to wellbeing and recognition programs, get stakeholders on board, and evaluate your C&B strategies.

Pay Principles

Dive into the job evaluation and grading process, and study various aspects of pay, including variable pay and the pay for cross-border workers, as well as the implications for HR.

Sales Compensation

Discover how sales compensation impacts the overall business, different sales role profiles, and how to define the sales pay structure.

Pay Gap Analysis

Interpret data to identify pay gaps, determine which drivers you can influence, and draft an action plan towards pay equity.

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Total Rewards

This course will help you understand the full cycle of Comp & Ben strategy. You will learn to develop a Total Rewards Strategy that includes a direct compensation structure, a benefits plan, and wellbeing and recognition programs. You’ll also learn to evaluate your rewards strategy based on both external and internal factors, and gain executive buy-in for your C&B initiatives.


Pay Principles

In the second course, you will study both job evaluation and grading to better understand the role this plays in C&B. You will also study various aspects of pay, including variable pay and the pay for cross-border workers. Finally, you will take a look at how these topics integrate with HR processes, including budgeting for salary costs.


Sales Compensation

Sales compensation is different from general compensation. After this course, you will understand why, and in detail. You will take a closer look at how sales compensation impacts the overall business, how to set up governance for it, defining the pay structure, designing payout tables, and the sales compensation testing process.


Compensation and Benefits Analytics

In this course, experts from PwC Netherlands explain how you can optimize your Comp & Ben strategy using data. First, you will learn how to gather and analyze the data you need to answer business questions. Then you will learn how to optimize your total rewards offering with analytics, explore various ways you can use benchmarking to gain competitive advantage, and use analytics to connect base pay to engagement and retention.


Pay Gap Analysis

No one wants to pay their employees unfairly, and taking a data-driven approach can help you safeguard pay equity. In the final course of this certificate program, you will study pay gap theory. You will learn how to interpret pay gap statistics, identify the key drivers of reward, and measure pay inequality. After the course, you will be able to turn your results into an action plan, bringing you that much closer to pay equity.

Download the syllabus for a detailed overview of all lessons, assignments, reading materials, and bonus content.

+ meet your instructors

Sandrine Bardot

Compensation & Benefits Expert


Sandrine Bardot is an award-winning Compensation & Benefits expert with a 28-year career in the field of Total Rewards. She has taken on roles with increasing responsibilities in C&B at Microsoft, Airbus, Apple, Philips, Fiat, and more, leading to two positions of Global Head of Performance and Reward. Since 2013, she has been an independent C&B consultant and trainer with clients in EMEA and Asia. On her blog,, she has written over 300 articles offering inspiration on topics related to the Employee Value Proposition.

Erik de Groot

Compensation & Benefits Leader


Erik de Groot has decades of experience as a human resources professional. Nearly half of his professional experience was with a leading consultancy firm, and the other half was in several corporate roles as Compensation & Benefits lead and as HR Business Partner in the US, Switzerland, Austria, and Sweden. For the last three years he has worked independently on several interim management and consultancy assignments. His specialism is in executive rewards and performance management.

Donya Rose

Compensation Design Consultant


Donya Rose helps organizations hone sales teams' focus, adjust rewards to match changes in their market strategy, help them get the right sales results at the right cost of comp for the business.

Nigel Marriott

Pay gap analytics consultant and trainer


Nigel Marriott is an independent statistician providing consultancy and training services across all sectors and business functions. Nigel focuses on helping people with little or no statistical expertise to collect & interpret data and to use their insights to make forecasts and decisions. His experience and expertise of working with non-statisticians is now in demand with the rise of diversity and pay gap analysis. Nigel blogs regularly on the statistical analysis of diversity and pay gaps and his advice is increasingly being sought by government and parliament on how pay gap reporting legislation can be written and improved.

Steven Hölscher

Manager at PwC


Steven Hölscher is an avid fan of Digital HR and HR data analytics. During the last 12 years of his career, he's helped organizations get the needed insights from HR data to drive smart and digital transformations regarding an organization's total reward packages. He has worked on and led projects in numerous industries including banking, pharma, FMCG, and government, both from a data and digital expert as from a total rewards consultancy point of view.

Jocelyne Stolwijk

Senior Associate at PwC


Jocelyne Stolwijk is an HR consultant who helps organizations create attractive employment conditions for current and future employees. She always tries to emphasize that employers are unique and need to translate what makes them unique compared to competitors to ensure they attract the right talent. She focuses on how an employer can attract and retain the right people.

Raymond Welmers

Partner at PwC


Raymond Welmers has been working in Total Rewards advisory for the last 25 years in several HR consulting firms. His work consists of helping employers get the most out of their HR investment. He makes the employee value proposition as clear as possible to current and future employees, and then facilitates its realization in Total Rewards. Besides his role as partner within PwC, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Crunchr, a people analytics platform, offering an integrated SaaS solution for HR dashboards, people analytics, and workforce planning.

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Why should I enroll in this Compensation and Benefits Certification Program?

The right Comp & Ben strategy has always been essential in attracting and retaining the talent your organization needs to win in the market. As companies face major talent shortages and new challenges such as the rise of remote work, C&B is only becoming more important.

In light of this, ambitious and strategic HR professionals need to be able to understand and speak the language of Compensation and Benefits. Only then will they be able to truly understand the challenges and opportunities within this area of expertise, and the way that it can impact the HR organization and company as a whole.

This course is also a good fit for HR professionals working in Comp & Ben at smaller organizations who wish to learn more about the field, or individual contributors or managers who want to set up or professionalize their Compensation and Benefits department.


+   Why can't I enroll in this C&B course right now?

AIHR's online Certificate Programs open periodically, usually once a month. You can wait for enrollment to open again, or get Full Academy Access, which is available year-round.
Full Academy Access grants you access not only to the Comp & Ben courses, but our entire catalogue of online HR education. This includes Certificate Programs that will help you further improve your C&B expertise, such as People Analytics and Strategic HR Leadership.

+   Is there a fixed schedule?

No. This program is 100% online and self-paced! When you learn and how much time you spend each day, week, or month is up to.

In total, you will need to invest approximately 27 hours to finish the program and obtain your certificate.

+   How long do I have access to the program?

In total, you will have 12 months of access to the student portal, all lessons, and learning materials. On average, members complete their (first) program in 3 - 4 months.

+   Is this program the right fit for me?

If you’re not sure if this program is the right fit, we are here to help you determine which program is the right fit for your goals and needs! Simply talk to one of our admissions advisors or send them an email at [email protected]



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Valuable knowledge condensed into short lessons. Mostly great practical content with useful hands-on activities. Though I was familiar with most concepts, I believe even people already working in the C&B field will find the program insightful. The last part on pay gap analysis should be included in People Analytics program as well.
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Loved it! Very thorough and informative. I can't wait to dig into my programs!
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