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Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS)

Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS)

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ABTrainingCenter.com offers GBDS training and certification information for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious Group Benefits Disability Specialist designation.

The Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS) designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons who typically advise clients on group benefits needs.

Most American workers have insured their life, their health, their car and their home or apartment but not their most valuable asset, the ability to earn an income.

The Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS) program equips designees with the tools they need to engage clients in a meaningful dialogue about the entire group benefits program, opening the door with the least-understood group benefits insurance package. Through completion of the rigorous GBDS self-study curriculum, designees add significant expertise to the value equation they bring to their clients and prospects.

  • Increased client retention and renewals
  • Know when to open a group disability case and when not to
  • Demonstrate to clients the critical importance of disability insurance for their employees and themselves
  • Recognize the tell-tale signs of possible disability fraud
  • Leverage the use of core buy-up plans
  • Explain the differences between government-provided and private disability coverage
  • Design group disability plans that meet the needs of employees, employers and the insurer
  • Steer clear of regulatory issues related to disability insurance
  • Ensure employees receive claims service that is fair, efficient and proactive
  • Recognize which carriers are most compatible with the business you want to write
  • Understand the tax consequences of different group disability funding mechanisms


The GBDS curriculum is contained in a Program Binder divided into 18 chapters.
  • History
  • Overcoming Resistance
  • Regulation
  • Government Provided Disability
  • Short-Term Statutory
  • Fraud
  • Common Provisions
  • LTD Provisions
  • STD Provisions
  • Program Design
  • Service
  • Claims
  • Core Buy-Up
  • Voluntary
  • STD Underwriting and Pricing
  • LTD Underwriting and Pricing
  • Taxation of Benefits
  • Trends

Examination Requirements

Upon completion of study, candidates are required to take one comprehensive, 100-question examination online. Candidates must earn a score of 80% or better to pass the GBDS designation exam, although students may receive three attempts to pass the exam. Once the exam has been passed, the student will receive a GBDS Certificate. Optional CE credits are available upon successful completion of the exam, for a $25 processing fee.

Additional Requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for the GBDS self-study designation program:
  • Licensed agent
  • At least one year of full-time experience in the insurance industry
  • One or more years as a full-time insurance trainer as part of an insurance company program
  • One or more years as a faculty member at an accredited college or university

Continuing Education Requirements

There are currently no annual renewal or CE requirements for designees.

Available Training Options

ABTrainingCenter.com presently does not offer training materials to achieve the designation.

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