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Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

  • 1.  Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-24-2019 10:23 AM
    Happy Sunday Everyone.

    I took the CCEP Exam yesterday and passed by 1 questions.  Leaving the testing room, I was sure I "aced" the exam.  It took me less than 60 minutes to complete the exam which allowed me to review all the questions I had questions on. I ended up changing 5 or 6 answers, based on additional time I was allowed to think.  However, I am not absolutely sure I made the right choice to change those answers.

    Thoughts and takeaways:
    1. Know CCEP Compliance 101
    2.  Know FSG - Chapter 8 - about 1/3 of the questions were from this topic either directly or indirectly.  Many times, you had to know the concepts to answer the questions.  A few wrote memory type if questions.
    3.  Know FCPA - I had about 10 questions on this topic; COI, gifts, bribes
    4.  SOX - I did not have any question per se, but I could have misread the question as this could have been inferred.  I would still review for high level understanding and key provisions
    5.  Privacy/Security - Surprisingly, I had a few  questions surround this topic
    6.  HR - I had a few question involving next steps
    7.  OSHA - a few questions on this topic
    8.  Merging and acquisition - what do do as a new compliance officer during a merge
    9.  Risk assessment - this topic was hit hard - it seems like 50% of the question involved risk assessment before making a decision or identifying next steps.
    10.  A lot of attorney reference - know next steps when presented with scenarios and when attorney referral is needed
    11.  Collaboration- a few questions on collaborating with other areas withing your organization

    ONE TAKEAWAY - without going into details, I went against my gut and went with attorney referral everytime I saw that as an option.  If you read Compliance 101, it clearly states that should be the first option.  I talked to a great friend who has all the trifecta, and he said that it make sense.  The attorney will decide whether your findings or future audit finding should be under attorney - client privileges.  He had perfect sense.  So, whereas previously I went with "stop the bleeding," for this exam, I did not.  It will be up to you to judge for yourself based on you knowledge, experience, and BEST PRACTICES.

    I hope I didn't say anything I shouldn't have. I kept my thoughts  as general as possible.  If I did, please remove.

    PEARLS:
    1.  Follow Caitlyn - I didnt look at her info until the night before.  Looking back, I should have.  She was spot on how how to prepare.  I felt like I was overprepared for the exam.
    2.  Follow Jedi Master Frank - he will give you the knowledge and test taking skills you need to get you to pass the exam.
    3.  Ask for help - humility is key.  If you fail, so what?  Ask for help.  Even though I passed the first two, I still reached out to a few that have passed the CCEP.  People want to give back to the community but often do not know how other than responding to Frank's questions.  Some would like to share their experiences.  You have to be proactive and ask for help.

    Last but not least, thank you all for your support after the death of my wife back in June.  I needed this exam and the support I received from many of you meant the world to me and kept me driving to get this exam.  I attempted to prepare for this exam 2x previously and CHRC 4x, but never had the drive to study or prepare for then.  I felt like I had to here.  So thank you!

    Email me if you have any questions.

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    Bill Wong, CHC, CHPC, CCEP, CCS, CPC, CPMA, CDEO
    Corporate Compliance Supervisor
    Aon Hewitt - Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation
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  • 2.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-25-2019 08:22 AM

    Hi Bill,

    Congratulations on passing. I wanted to say thank you for all your guidance and help with studying the material. Your insight has been invaluable. Have a wonderful holiday season.

     

    Thank you,

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  • 3.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-25-2019 08:47 AM
    Congratulations Bill!  You deserved passing the test.  You have helped so many people trying for any of the cert tests by providing documents, leading study groups, and being involved.  Thank you for your insight on this test.​  CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

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    Lloyd Hemmert
    Compliance & Ethics Officer
    Hill Country MHDD Centers
    Kerrville,TX
    [lhemmert@hillcountry.org]
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  • 4.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-27-2019 07:04 AM
    Congratulations Bill!

    Robin Moreno
    CHC, CHPC, CHRC, CCEP, CTCM, CPHRM


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  • 5.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-25-2019 09:48 AM
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    James Deutsch,CHC, CCEP
    S Investigator
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  • 6.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-25-2019 10:42 AM
    Congratulations Bill! And thank you for sharing your experience. You have already contributed so much to this community (I'm sure your support helped me pass my test!) and here you are doing it again.  CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!

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    Chris Johnson
    Compliance Officer
    SyMed Corporation
    NAPA,CA
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  • 7.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-25-2019 12:13 PM
    Thank you Bill! You are the best. Congrats again! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Augustus Chelli
    Compliance Captain
    Genentech
    Belleville,MI
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  • 8.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 11-25-2019 01:46 PM
    You are an inspiration Bill.

    Congratulations.

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    Amber Hersma, CCEP
    Compliance and Privacy
    Irving, Texas

    These are my personal opinions and not those of my employer.
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  • 9.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 12-26-2019 01:53 PM
    I was able to pass on my first try.  I would strongly suggest those who are wanting to get this certification as their first one to look at possibly doing a certification with a study guide or study program first.  It will get your mind right and like I tell my employees Risk, Compliance, and Ethics (if they were a family) are all siblings.  They may look a like but they do have differences.  I've noticed that some of the best practices I've seen in both the CFE and CRCMP were also in the CCEP material.  I used the Compliance 101 book and studied (active reading) for about a month before attempting.  It was more difficult than I expected, but you have to keep in mind it's what the SCCE determines to be best practice not your current company.  Try not to "psyche" yourself out.  I would say if it's a legal issue...typically best to ask a lawyer first...keep to what people's strengths are.  A lawyer's strength is "law".  If it's HR related keep to the strength...HR/Manager are typically your best routes to go.  Don't overcomplicate, do what makes sense in the business world. Compliance/Ethics professionals are there to help interpret compliance/ethics regulations, work with departments to establish policies/procedures to include compliance and ethics, and make suggestions to executive management/HR to help the culture be more ethics/compliance minded.  Compliance and Ethics professionals/Officers are not there to get involved with other disciplines such as HR and Law i.e. make legal decisions and discipline employees.  Keep on your side of the road and you'll be fine.

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    Bradley Carter
    Underwriter Risk Coordinator Manager
    ABC Financial Services, LLC
    Conway,AR
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  • 10.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 12-26-2019 02:48 PM

    Good advice. Thanks, Bradley.

     

    -l

     




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  • 11.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 12-26-2019 02:58 PM
    Congrats Bradley.

    Thank you for coming back and providing advice and support to the group.  I agree with everything you said.  Stay within your focus and expertise.  Similar to you, I referred out to legal and HR majority of the instances and questions.  It sounds like we took the same exam as the scenarios sound nearly identical.

    Again, Congratulations!  Have a great and prosperous New Year!

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    Bill Wong, CHC, CHPC, CCEP, CCS, CPC, CPMA, CDEO
    Corporate Compliance Supervisor
    Aon Hewitt - Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation
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  • 12.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 12-26-2019 03:13 PM
    Great accomplishment, Bradley - congratulations!

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    Marie Wagner, CHC, CHRC
    Operations Manager, Corporate Compliance
    The Queen's Health Systems
    Honolulu, HI
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  • 13.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 12-26-2019 03:25 PM
    ​Congratulations Bradley!

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    Contrella Anderson
    Memphis,TN
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  • 14.  RE: Post CCEP Exam Thoughts and Suggestions

    Posted 12-26-2019 05:46 PM
    Congratulations Bradley and thank you for your insighful comments

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    Amber Hersma, CCEP
    Compliance and Privacy
    Irving, Texas

    These are my personal opinions and not those of my employer.
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