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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

CAS Compensation and Benefits Management

Acquisition of the academic and practical foundations for sustainable remuneration

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Compensation and Benefits Management enables students to acquire a sound understanding of the field of total rewards, combining specialised theoretical knowledge with practical experience. In the course of this programme, students will learn how modern total rewards systems are formed and how they can be implemented effectively within a company. Students will explore the latest trends in the fields of total rewards design, executive compensation and corporate governance, as well as the individual components of sustainable remuneration.

On obtaining this certificate at the end of your training, you will have acquired specialist, in-depth knowledge and invaluable information on best practices relating to total rewards. You will then be capable of handling even the most technical problems that arise in this field within your organisation.

Le contenu de cette formation me servira de boussole afin de définir mes priorités de l’année.

Lenka, Diplomée du CAS Compensation & Benefits 2019

This cours is offered in French (Lausanne) or German (Zürich). For applications and detailled information, please visit : 

Success factors

Modern and flexible total rewards systems are essential today. Equitable, transparent remuneration boosts performance and staff satisfaction sustainably, making them a core concern of businesses. We offer a continuous education model adapted to the current market requirements of human resources professionals seeking to develop their technical and methodological skills in relation to compensation and benefits.

This cutting-edge total rewards training covers all elements of a sustainable remuneration system. The following topics are addressed exhaustively to ensure the maximum benefit for participants:

  • Total rewards design
  • Statistics, Excel and market data
  • Job evaluation and basic pay structures
  • Skills management and performance
  • Performance-based remuneration and variable remuneration
  • Executive compensation
  • Corporate governance
  • International and expatriate compensation
  • Pensions and benefits

Course objectives

This 15-day CAS programme provides students with a set of practical and appropriate professional tools for handling total rewards matters. Using real-life case studies, all components of remuneration system design and maintenance are analysed with effective instruments and reliable measurement mechanisms. The programme gives students an academic and practical grounding in sustainable remuneration. Proven and effective strategies, procedures and techniques are communicated in a learning environment supervised by experienced lecturers. Through specific, specialised knowledge and a targeted approach, graduates will learn to implement the skills they have acquired in ensuring comprehensive, competitive total rewards.

Target public

The course is designed for employees whose duties are directly or indirectly related to compensation and benefits.

  • Companies from all business sectors
  • Consultancy firms and other services providers
  • Public sector companies and non-profit organisations

The training is intended in particular for those working in the human resources sector who are keen to hone their technical and methodological skills in the compensation and benefits field.


University degree or equivalent and at least five years of professional experience


The lecturers for our continuous training programmes are renowned for their expertise. Building on their experience and making use of the latest methods and tools, the training course is strongly focused on practical application.

At a glance

Degree awarded

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Compensation and Benefits Management

ECTS Credits


Study duration

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Compensation and Benefits Management

Study start

As specified on the French or German course website.

Study dates

As specified on the French or German course website.

Study language

French (Fribourg) / German (Zurich)

Enrollment information

Enrolment is open.


The enrolment cost for the CAS course is CHF 9,800. Modules can also be taken individually.

Place of study

Fribourg (French) / Zurich (German)

More information

School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) is approved for the Chèque annuel de formation (CAF) Geneva training grant.
Institution no.: 270, course no.: 4252.

Instruction and modularity

Sound knowledge and best practices are taught by more than 30 lecturers and national and international experts from the private sector and higher education. The training course consists of 8 modules studied over 15 days.

Do you have a particular interest in a specific CAS subject area? No problem – the 8 modules can also be taken as individual units. Module duration: 1–2 days; cost: CHF 1,000 per day

Structure and content

As a modern training programme in the field of compensation and benefits, the course centres on all aspects of a sustainable remuneration system. The various subject areas are covered comprehensively to ensure the greatest possible benefit for participants.

  • Approach and objectives of a comprehensive remuneration structure
  • Best practice: elements of modern sustainable remuneration
  • Planning, review and optimisation of salary structures
  • Importance and basics of statistics in the context of total rewards
  • Basics and practical use of Excel
  • Sources and interpretation of market data and its use and presentation
  • Theory and practice of different job evaluation methods
  • Use and treatment of job descriptions and job families
  • Systematic design of base salary structures and salary brackets
  • Motivation and retention of employees
  • Skills models and skills management systems
  • Performance measurement tools
  • Performance bonuses and link with variable total rewards
  • Financial accounting for variable total rewards and ethical components
  • Types and advantages of the components of sustainable remuneration
  • Principles of corporate governance and the current trends
  • Internal and external communication measures
  • Link between performance and executive compensation

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Alfred Münger

Head of Post-graduate studies

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