Compensation and Benefits Manager (CBM) Certification


Course Introduction

This three-day intensive certification course is designed to equip experienced compensation and benefits professionals and managers with comprehensive knowledge and mindset for managing the rewards function for a medium or large multi-country organisation, building upon their previous C&B experience. The course covers the key areas of responsibility most often cited in real job descriptions, including overall reward approaches, base pay structures and policies; annual salary review; annual incentives and sales incentives, performance management trends and developing a business case for changes to benefits or policies. There will be time for participant discussions and interaction for enhanced learning

Learning Outcomes


By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a strategic overall reward structure to attract, retain and motivate talent

  2. Develop an effective base pay system to establish job- and talent-based salaries

  3. Support performance through well-designed merit and incentive practices

  4. Manage the annual salary review process effectively and efficiently

  5. Advise managers and HR business partners on talent/business challenges, addressing both pay- and non-pay factors

  6. Recommend an approach to performance management and pay-for-performance in light of recent industry trends on use of ratings, manager roles and broader definitions of performance

  7. Develop and sell a new idea for employee benefits or policies

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for those who manage or aspire to manage the compensation and benefits function, for a medium to large organization, i.e. 250 or more employees. This is not an introductory course; participants should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in compensation and benefits.

Your Expert Trainer








Tom Farmer is a global total rewards leader with a career spanning over 30 years. As a consultant Tom has advised more than 150 organisations including three of the world’s largest companies (Sinopec, Toyota and Walmart) and led the rewards function globally and regionally in several industries. As an instructor, Tom has trained more than 1,000 HR professionals and 500 line managers on pay topics.

Currently, Tom is owner and Managing Director of Freelance Total Rewards Pte Ltd, based in Singapore, with clients including China Aviation Oil, CrimsonLogic, GroupM, Great Eastern Life, Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific, Armacell and Peninsula Hotels.

Before starting his own firm in 2013, Tom was with Mercer as Principal and Asia Pacific Leader for Global Mobility, where his clients included Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Ministry of Defense, AIA, MeadJohnson Nutrition, PTT Group, Sinopec, Kraft Foods, Chartis Insurance, Yum! International, Western Digital, MasterCard, and Hilton Hotels.

Tom moved to Singapore in 2007 as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits, Asia Pacific for InterContinental Hotels Group after holding the same position for IHG’s Americas region. Tom drove a global revision of IHG’s global mobility policy sustainably reducing annual costs by USD 2.6 million, and introduced innovative benefits changes in both the U.S. and Singapore earning HR Excellence Awards in 2008 and 2012. Prior to joining IHG, Tom was a senior consultant with Hewitt in Atlanta, where he led large (million-dollar) compensation projects for Coca-Cola North America, Freddie Mac, Auburn University, Panasonic, Verizon, The Home Depot and several others.

First published by the Wall Street Journal in 1987 (How to Evaluate Employee Benefits) Tom has been quoted by the U.S. Senate, CNN, The Washington Post, Singapore’s HumanResources Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and many other leading national media on various reward topics, and has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His blog ( has been read by thousands in over 100 countries. He is a contributor to several books on compensation and benefits including Elements of Sound Base Pay Administration (WorldatWork) and The Remuneration Handbook: International Edition, by Dr. Mark Bussin and Dr. Fermin Diez.

Tom has a Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) degree from Eastern Michigan University, He is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) through WorldatWork, and he serves WorldatWork as a certification faculty member and an article reviewer. Tom is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and completed an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), through Singapore’s Institute for Adult Learning.


Thomas A. Farmer, CCP, SPHR, ACTA

  • 30 years Global Total Rewards Leader

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) by WorldatWork

  • Former Principal and Asia Pacific Leader for Global Mobility (Mercer)


13 – 15 August 2018

Kuala Lumpur

SGD 3,295

03 – 05 October 2018

Hong Kong

SGD 3,295

26 – 28 November 2018


SGD 3,295

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