The administration of a public sector employee benefits program has many of the same trials, tribulations, and rewards as those experienced in the private sector. There are, however, some striking differences. Recognizing these differences, the Board of Directors of the State and Local Government Benefits Association (SALGBA) created a professional development program that recognizes the achievement of being highly trained and experienced benefits administrator in the public sector. A Continuing Education Committee is established for this purpose.

The committee developed, and the Board approved, a set of Guidelines and Procedures to be used in administering the SALGBA Certified Government Benefits Administrator (CGBA) Program and Leadership Certificate recognition. The CGBA program serves as a benchmark in the pursuit of excellences in public sector benefits management, professional development, and continuing education.

We encourage the full support of each SALGBA member who works toward obtaining the CGBA designation that carries with it the national recognition of being a professional administrator in public sector employee benefits.

CGBA Information:

  • CGBA Applications are accepted December 1st to January 31st (example for calendar year 2015 credit applications will be accepted December 1, 2015 thru January 31, 2016) and can be found by logging in as a member at this link,, then select CGBA Program from the menu at the top of the page and then select the appropriate credit application.
  • If you have any questions please contact Tina Bowling at

CGBA Resources:

Leadership Certificate:

  • SALGBA is proud to offer a SALGBA Leadership Certificate to those individuals employed by a SALGBA Member Organization in good standing for completion of at least 4 of the 6 hours offered in the Leadership Series during a calendar year. SALGBA offers a 2-hour workshop during the SALGBA National Conferences along with 4 webinars during the course of the year, focused on leadership skills.
  • Individuals who meet the qualifications may complete the Leadership Certificate Application to be reviewed in consideration of awarding a SALGBA Leadership Certificate.
  • Leadership skills are a vital part of professional development and we are pleased to be able to recognize participants drive to excel.


2018 SALGBA National Conference - April 29 - May 2 in Jacksonville, FL at the Hyatt Regency Riverside  -  (more information)   (Online Registration)

2018 SALGBA Regional Conference - January 22-23 in Albuquerque, NM at the Marriott  -  (More Information)   (Online Registration)