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.

Join CGBA:

  • Email and request an enrollment invoice.
  • Once the invoice is paid you will be added to the CGBA Program.

CGBA Information:

  • CGBA Applications are accepted December 1st to January 31st (example for calendar year 2018 credit applications will be accepted December 1, 2018 thru January 31, 2019) 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.

CGBA Resources:


2019 SALGBA Regional Conference - August 26-28 in Raleigh, NC (more info)

2020 SALGBA National Conference - April 5-8 in Louisville, KY at the Omni (more information)