Base Pay Administration and Pay for Performance (C4/GR4)


Gain Compensation Strategy Skills to Accelerate Your Journey as an HR Professional

Learn how to design a pay for performance base pay program that supports your organization’s compensation strategy and attracts, retains and motivates your organization’s talent. This in-depth course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to design, implement and evaluate employee base pay programs.   

Key concepts you will learn and assimilate include: 

  • Identifying the relationship between the organization’s business strategy and the total rewards program.
  • Understanding key considerations when designing base pay programs.
  • Learning what it takes to implement and deliver base pay programs, including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Examining pay for performance merit pay systems, including development, utilization and costing.
  • Discerning how and when human resources should be involved in mergers and acquisitions. 

This course is ideal for the emerging human resources compensation professional who is getting started with developing pay structures. Knowledge of basic mathematical concepts is recommended, including: mean, median, weighted average, compa-ratio, percentiles and calculating percents.

Specific areas covered include: 

  • The Role of Base Pay in Total Rewards
    Learn the elements of compensation, the total rewards design process, the fundamentals of base pay, job evaluation methods and job worth hierarchy.

  • Designing Base Pay Structures
    Gain the skills to design base pay structures, including understanding pay structure design and broadbands.

  • Practical Applications of Base Pay Structure Design
    Develop experience in the market-pricing approach, point factor approach and integrating market data into point factor through hands-on exercises and discussion.

  • Base Pay Implementation and Delivery
    Learn about pay approaches, job-based pay, differentials, pay actions, communicating pay actions and new hire pay rates.

  • Pay for Performance and Salary Budgeting
    Understand pay for performance, compensation strategy and philosophy, principles of merit-pay programs, base pay investment, merit increase guidelines and components of market-based salary budget.

  • Administering and Evaluating Base Pay Programs
    Be prepared to monitor pay levels, maintain pay structures and review and audit base pay programs as well as understand compression.

  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Base Compensation
    Acquire the skills to integrate compensation plans and communicate compensation changes during mergers and acquisitions as well as understand the role of HR and key HR priorities during these events. 

Upon completing this course, you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of base pay programs to design, implement and evaluate compensation strategy that attracts and retains your organization’s talent.

Ready to accelerate your journey as an HR compensation professional? 

This course is available in a variety of formats, including online, self-study and in-person. 

Find a class format that works for you and register today.

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On-site instructor-led delivery of course materials with the added value of face-to-face interaction with a subject-matter expert and peers.

Course and Certification Exam

Members: $1,495 USD

$2,200 USD

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Virtual Classroom

Live online instructor-led delivery of online course materials including real-time interaction with a subject-matter expert and peers — no travel required!

Course and Certification Exam

Members: $1,350 USD

$2,150 USD

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Self-paced online learning with access to pre-recorded course modules delivered by an instructor.

120-Day Access
(e-course materials available online immediately)

Member: $1,285 USD

$1,780 USD

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Please note: 120-day access to e-course material starts immediately on the day of purchase. Purchase includes course materials and exam.

Exam Only

Certification Exam Only

Members: $875 USD

$1,130 USD

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Course Credits & Certifications

  • Recertification

    Course: 2 credits

    Exam: 0.5 credits

  • CEUs

    Course: 1.5 credits

    Exam: 0.3 credits

  • HRCI Recertification

    16 classroom hours

  • SHRM Recertification
    16 classroom hours

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Who Should Register

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 percents is recommended, as well as an understanding of the concept of regression analysis.

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