Diploma in Compensation & Benefits Management

SHRI Academy’s DipCBM programme provides a solid grounding for individuals to learn in-depth the methodology for designing a motivational rewards system and integrating them with the organisation’s strategic business direction. It offers a new and wider perspective into the concept of compensation and benefits, both locally and internationally. In addition, it equips individuals with knowledge and skills to manage compensation and benefits for the organisation effectively to create positive business results and flexibility in adjusting the business costs in response to the rapid changing economy.

Course Content

Module 1: Strategic Compensation & Benefits (18 Hours)

Strategic Framework of Compensation Systems

  • Compensation Strategy
  • Business Strategy and Environment
  • Alignment with Business Objectives and Culture
  • Strategic link to other HR function
  • Impact on Compensation and Benefits with Mergers and Acquisition
  • Understanding trade-offs
  • Internal VS External equity
  • Determining Market Position
  • Benchmarking
  • Models of evaluating the ROI of a company’s compensation programme

Employees Motivation

  • Link of Compensation and Benefits with Employee Motivation
  • Understanding Motivational Theories

Module 2: Administrative Expert (24 Hours)

Compensation and Benefits Administration

  • Designing Compensation Objectives & parameters
  • Designing Compensation policies parameters
  • Factors to consider in designing the compensation package
  • Factors involve in compensation and benefits administration
  • Compensation and Benefits Budgeting

Managing Audit and Pay process

  • Understanding the benefits and limitations of salary surveys
  • Methods for auditing pay and benefits within an organisation
  • Managing annual pay reviews
  • Dealing with promotions, transfer and other ad hoc events


  • Types of payroll systems
  • Impact of outsourcing of compensation and benefits systems
  • Choosing and managing vendor partnerships
  • Documentation and Vendor Contracts
  • Transition from administrator to relationship manager
  • Evaluating partner effectiveness

Effective Communication

  • Understanding communication
  • Process of communication
  • Reporting and disclosure requirements
  • Building employee trust
  • Events – centered communication

Module 3: Benefits & Incentives Management (30 Hours)


  • Designing Benefits Plans
  • Healthcare Plans
    •  Types
    • Costing
  • Insurance Plans
  • Flexi – Benefits
  • Time Off
  • Work-Life Benefits
  • Trends and issues


  • Understanding Incentives
  • Roles of Incentives
  • Designing Incentives Plans
  • Long Term Incentives
    • Stock Option
    • Performance Contingent
    • Shares plans
    • Performance shares
  • Short Term Incentives
  • Incentive Pay Programmes
    • Variable Pay Plans
    • Measurements
    • Payout mechanisms
    • Funding and Return on Investment

Module 4: Compensation (Salary) Management (33 Hours)

  • Salary Structure Objectives
  • Designing an equitable pay structure
  • Paygrade Design Parameters
  • Compression
  • Pay System
  • Legal Aspects
  • Base Pay Determination Methods
    • Advantages and disadvantages of various methods
    • Common applications
    • Methods of determining individual pay rates
    • Skill and competency base pay
  • Sales Compensation
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Types of sales jobs
    • Direct and indirect sales jobs
    • Factors use in determining mix
    • Quotas
    • Commission-only plans
    • Salary-plus-commission plans
    • Bonus plans
  • Executive Compensation
    • Elements of executive compensation
    • Variable Compensation
  • Performance Compensation
    • Skill base
    • Career development plans
    • Non-financial recognition
    • Design schemes
  • Team Compensation
    • Understanding Team
    • Types of Teams compensation plans
    • Measurements
  • Balance Score Card

Module 5: International and Global Compensation & Benefits Management (30 Hours)

  • Understanding International / Global Compensation and Benefits
  • Approaches in International Compensation and Benefits
  • Issues and challenges of equity between home and host location
  • Comparison of package – similarities and differences
  • Legal Issues
  • Designing successful International Compensation Package
  • Expatriate compensation  methodologies
  • Taxation Issues
  • Equalisation issues on housing, goods and services
  • International Transfer Issues
  • Compensation on third country nationals
  • Cases in China, Vietnam, India etc.

 Module 6: Job Analysis & Performance Management Roles (30 Hours)

Job Analysis

  • Understanding Jobs, Job Analysis, Job Evaluation
  • What factors affect jobs and their designs
  • Simple model for Job / Role Understanding
  • Job Analysis process
  • Job Analysis and Compensation
  • Job Evaluation and Compensation
  • Job Evaluation Methods and Its application

Performance Management

  • Linking effective performance management to productivity & organisational competitiveness
  • Understanding performance and performance management cycle
  • Determining performance metrics and measurements
  • Performance and compensation
  • Performance base compensation

Module 7: Essential Statistical Tools for Compensation Management (18 Hours)

  • Quantitative concepts
  • Statistics – organising and analysing data
  • Time value for money
  • Statistical modelling
  • Mathematical and statistical Applications
  • Statistical Software
  • Application of tools

Final Application Project

The modules listed above may be conducted in a different sequence.

Course Duration

  • 12 months; 183 training hours
  • Lessons are conducted twice a week

Assessment Methods / Certification

Candidates are assessed by assignments, tests and a written examination. Students who attend and pass all seven modules in the programme and successfully complete a Final C&B project will be awarded the Diploma in Compensation & Benefits Management by SHRI Academy.

Graduation and Degree

Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the course structures will be awarded the Diploma in Compensation & Benefits Management from SHRI Academy Pte Ltd.


DipCBM graduates may proceed to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in HR and Reward Management (PGDip RM) awarded by SHRI Academy. Must possess at least Bachelor Degree in any discipline or Diploma holders with at least 3 – 5 years of Managerial / Supervisory experience.

Admission Requirements

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Programme Fees

For intakes commencing from 1 April 2016, the following fees shall apply:

Application Fee – S$107.00 inclusive of GST (non-refundable and non-transferable, payable upon application)

Fee Breakdown   Amount (S$)
Course Fee 3,304.77
Membership Entrance Fee 120.00
Membership Subscription Fee – 1 Year 50.00
Total Course Fees 3,474.77
Add 7% GST 243.23
Total Course Fees Payable 3,718.00
Company-Sponsored (SDF)
Less SDF Training Grant 300.00
Total Course Fees Payable for Company-Sponsored 3,418.00


Instalment Payment Self-Sponsored Amount with GST Company-Sponsored Amount with GST
1st Instalment S$1,859.00 S$1,709.00
2nd Instalment S$1,859.00 S$1,709.00

All students are required to pay the Fee Protection Scheme and subject to 7% GST. (FPS Cert. PDF)

1st Installment payment to be payable in full prior to the orientation/ course commencement date.

For more information on UTAP funding click here.

Updated 0n 04-Feb-2016.


Financial Support

Skills Development Fund (SDF) Training Assistance. + SDF training assistance is available; Company-sponsored candidates must log on to www.skillsconnect.gov.sg to apply for SDF training assistance.

Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted with the following:

  1. Completed application form*
  2. One recent passport-size photograph
  3.  Photocopy of NRIC / Passport & FIN Card (Front and Back)**
  4. Certified true copies of academic certificates & transcripts**
  5. Application fee

* Application forms are obtainable from SHRI Academy or download a copy now.

** Applicants are required to bring along their original documents for verification purposes.

(Including NRIC / Passport & FIN Card, copies of education qualifications certificates and academic transcripts.)

Payment Mode: Cash, NETS, Cheque (payable to “SHRI Academy Pte Ltd”) IBG and Credit Card (additional charges apply).

New Intakes

Please indicate your choice of intake for registration purposes.

Intake Commencement Date Application Closing Date
34th 10 Jan 2017 3 Jan 2017
35th 25 May 2017 22 May 2017
36th 5 Sept 2017 21 Aug 2017
37th 28 Nov 2017 13 Nov 2017

For further information, please contact Elaine Lau via phone (65) 6422 3789, or email elaine.lau@shri.org.sg.