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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Webinars & Seminars for Members

The New Jersey Division of Pensions & Benefits provides seminars and webinars of interest to members at all stages of their careers. Topics include Retirement Planning, PERS/TPAF Retirement Estimates, PERS/TPAF Pension Options, Submitting an MBOS Retirement Application, and Understanding your Pension Benefits.

Select a topic from the list below, then select the appropriate link to open the registration page.

Space is limited. Register today!

All webinars are hosted by GoToMeeting.

For inclement weather cancellations, call 609-292-6649.

This webinar is for State Employees (employed by a N.J. State Department, State Agency, State Institution, or a N.J. State College/University). Sessions are presented by an Empower retirement counselor for the New Jersey State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan.

Prepare for your better tomorrow…TODAY

You can help yourself plan for a more secure retirement in just five steps! This presentation is designed to help you create financial and emotional pictures for your retirement.

Topics include:

  • Step 1 – What will your retirement be like?
  • Step 2 – What will your expenses be today and tomorrow?
  • Step 3 – Where will your money in retirement come from?
  • Step 4 – What can you do today?
  • Step 5 – How can you help protect your future income?

The webinar is approximately one hour in duration including a Q&A period.


Have questions about a pension loan? How about retirement resources? Looking for information on purchase? PERS and TPAF members are invited to join the NJDPB for a Live Q&A webinar where they can have their general pension-related questions answered in real time. This live Q&A session will be approximately 1 hour in duration. Note: Account-specific questions will not be answered during this session. Due to time constraints, all questions may not be able to be answered.

Register for this webinar based on your employer type:

  • Local Education Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a board of education, charter school, or a community/county college).
  • Local Government Employees (PERS members employed by a city, county, township, municipality, or authority).
  • State Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a N.J. State department, State agency, State Institution, or a N.J. State College/University).

This seminar is exclusively about the Defined Contribution Retirement Program (DCRP). The session provides information about DCRP eligibility, contributions rates, investment funds that are available within the DCRP, the Goalmaker investment allocation tool, withdrawals, and the overall rules of the plan. We also take a look at Empower’s DCRP website and how to process all changes such as adding a beneficiary and processing a withdrawal online. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes in duration and conclude with a Q&A period.

This webinar explains the various pension options for PERS and TPAF members that add financial flexibility when there is a need to provide for others after your death. The options are described in detail so that you can make an informed choice on this very important decision. We will discuss the different options that are available, who can be named as a beneficiary, the effect each option has on your own monthly benefit, and other important advantages and limitations to consider. This webinar is approximately 30 minutes in duration including a Q&A period.

When planning for retirement, you should obtain an estimate of retirement benefits. This webinar is designed to show PERS and TPAF members how to do a retirement estimate using the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS) and the website Long-Range Calculator. We will produce a sample estimate with pension payment options available to PERS and TPAF members. This webinar is approximately 30 minutes in duration including a Q&A period.

In this live webinar, we discuss the benefits of purchasing service credit and the types of service that may be eligible to be purchased. We will explain how a purchase is calculated and review the estimate and application process. The session is approximately 45 minutes in duration including a Q&A period.

Retirement Planning seminars take a step-by-step approach to the retirement process and explain what happens after you submit your application. We explain your benefits, survivor options, group life insurance, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of your pension. There is also a brief discussion about the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) or the School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP). This classroom session is approximately 3 hours in duration including a Q&A period.

The sessions listed below are for members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF).

The Division also offers an Online Guide to Retirement.

Note: Members applying for Ordinary Disability or Accidental Disability retirement should schedule an individual appointment for Disability Retirement counseling.

Retirement Planning webinars take a step-by-step approach to the retirement process and explain what happens after you submit your application. We explain your benefits, survivor options, group life insurance, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of your pension. There is also a brief discussion about the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) or the School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP). This webinar is approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours in duration including a Q&A period.

Register for this webinar based on your employer type:

  • Local Education Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a board of education, charter school, or a community/county college).
  • Local Government Employees (PERS members employed by a city, county, township, municipality, or authority).
  • State Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a N.J. State department, State agency, State Institution, or a N.J. State College/University).

Note: Members applying for Ordinary Disability or Accidental Disability retirement should schedule an individual appointment for Disability Retirement counseling.

The Division also offers an Online Guide to Retirement.

Retirement Planning seminars and webinars take a step-by-step approach to the retirement process and explain what happens after you submit your application. We explain your benefits, survivor options, group life insurance, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of your pension. There is also a brief discussion about the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). The classroom session is approximately 3 hours in duration. The webinar is approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours in duration. Both sessions include a Q&A period.

The sessions listed below are for members of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS).

The Division also offers an Online Guide to Retirement.

Note: Members applying for Ordinary Disability or Accidental Disability retirement should schedule an individual appointment for Disability Retirement counseling.

In this session, we discuss all six retirement types available to PERS and TPAF members. We explain the eligibility criteria for each as well as the formulas used to calculate the benefit. This webinar is approximately 45 minutes long including a Q&A session.


By attending this webinar, PERS and TPAF members can be prepared with the information and answers they will need when they submit their retirement application. The presentation reviews sample applications for regular retirement (Service, Early, Veteran, or Deferred) and Disability Retirement (Ordinary Disability and Accidental Disability). It also includes step-by-step instruction on how to access the application on MBOS and offers a handy retirement-planning worksheet. The webinar is approximately 30 minutes in duration including a Q&A period.

By attending this webinar, PFRS members can be prepared with the answers and information they will need when they submit their retirement application. The presentation reviews sample applications for regular retirement (Service, Special, or Deferred) and Disability Retirement (Ordinary Disability and Accidental Disability). It also includes step-by-step instruction on how to access the application on MBOS and offers a handy retirement-planning worksheet. The webinar is approximately 25 minutes in duration including a Q&A period.

Social Security Benefits seminars are designed to complement our Retirement Planning webinars/seminars. Sessions are presented by an Empower retirement counselor for the New Jersey State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan.

When it comes to retirement planning, what you don’t know about Social Security could hurt you. Learning all you can about your future Social Security benefits today can give you a more financially secure tomorrow. Topics covered include your eligibility for Social Security benefits, how the Social Security Administration calculates your benefits, maximization strategies that can help you get the most out of your Social Security benefits, spousal benefits and valuable tips for incorporating what you’ve learned about your future Social Security benefits. The webinar is approximately one hour in duration including a Q&A period.

Whether you are a new hire or have been a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) or the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) for a while, this class will give you a basic understanding of your pension benefits. Topics covered are enrollment criteria, membership tiers, the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS), beneficiary designation, group life insurance coverage, purchasing service credit, pension loans, retirement formulas and withdrawing. This webinar is approximately 1 ½ hours in duration including a Q&A period.

Note: Retirement planning topics will not be discussed during this webinar.

Register for this webinar based on your employer type:

  • Local Education Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a board of education, charter school, or a community/county college).
  • Local Government Employees (PERS members employed by a city, county, township, municipality, or authority).
  • State Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a N.J. State department, State agency, State Institution, or a N.J. State College/University).

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Last Updated: Monday, 04/25/22