Essentials of Compensation Management
Learn the basics of compensation strategy, design and communications.

Get the fundamental knowledge you need to positively impact the employee experience and your organization’s bottom line. 

This foundational course introduces learners to the specialized area of compensation, focusing on how organizations align pay philosophy to organizational objectives. Find out how a well-designed compensation program attracts, retains, and motivates employees, how to use common KPIs to evaluate a plan’s effectiveness, the value of good communication, and how to do it successfully.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the basics of compensation philosophy, business alignment, employee impact, and design.
  • Know how job analysis, documentation, and evaluation are used to build a pay structure.
  • Discover how to assess internal pay equity, market competitiveness, and overall compensation plan effectiveness.
  • Learn how to effectively communicate compensation programs to a variety of audiences.
  • Recognize how elements of compensation plans relate to compensation program objectives

Who Will Benefit from This Course? 

This essentials course is ideal for HR Generalists and other HR professionals wanting to understand compensation, including strategy, design, and impactful communications.

Participants are not required to have prior experience with or knowledge of compensation design strategy or planning.

Course Credits

WorldatWork Recertification:

  • Course — 2.0 credits


  • Course — 0.6 credits

HRCI Recertification:

  • Course — 5.5 classroom hours 

SHRM Recertification:

  • Course — 5.5 classroom hours

Based in India? Contact for India-special course pricing.


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Become a Member

Members can register for this course at a special rate and gain exclusive access to research, publications and more! 

Learning Options
Exercises are included throughout each section of the course for hands-on practice.
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