Member Resources

Overview

Member Resources

Members are the centerpiece of VCERA’s mission. That is why the member-specific resources below were developed—to serve and educate the diverse membership of the retirement association. Whether you are a newly hired employee, an inactive member or a long-time retiree, you will find topics of interest and relevance to you and your beneficiaries.

Overview

Active Members

VCERA’s active members are current employees of the County of Ventura, Ventura County Superior Court, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Ventura Regional Sanitation District and VCERA who have not retired yet. Click on a subject in the left sidebar to learn more about being an active member.

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Deferred Members

VCERA’s deferred members are former employees of a VCERA-participating employer who have not retired yet and have left their retirement contributions on deposit. Deferred members are vested and therefore eligible to receive a lifetime benefit from VCERA once they meet specific eligibility requirements.

Click on a subject in the left sidebar to learn more about being a deferred member.

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Retirees & Beneficiaries

VCERA’s retired members are former employees of a VCERA-participating employer who receive a lifetime monthly benefit from VCERA. Beneficiaries are individuals designated by a VCERA member/retiree to receive survivor and/or death benefits after his or her death.

Click on a link in the left sidebar to learn more about topics specific to retired members.

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Life Events

VCERA has a long-term mission and will be there through your major life events. Whether you are updating your beneficiary designation due to a change in marital status, dividing your retirement benefits in divorce proceedings, or deciding how to handle your retirement contributions after terminating employment, VCERA will be ready to provide you with educational resources and exceptional member service.

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Pension Calculators

VCERA’s two pension calculators were created to assist you in your retirement planning. You will be asked to select your benefit tier and to supply your projected age at retirement, years of retirement service credit and final average compensation. The unofficial benefit estimate generated by the calculators will be based on a service retirement and an Unmodified Option election.

If you are within five years of retirement, download an Estimate Request Form to request an official benefit estimate.

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New Employee Orientation

VCERA participates in a monthly New Employee Orientation (NEO) hosted by the County. On the first day of orientation, VCERA presents an overview of membership, benefit tiers, service credit purchases, reciprocity and retirement eligibility.

Click here to view the current NEO presentation.

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Planning for Retirement

VCERA participates in quarterly retirement workshops called “Making the Most of Your Retirement Savings,” hosted by the County’s Deferred Compensation Plan. VCERA presents an overview of the retirement process, eligibility requirements, benefit calculation factors, retirement planning tips and more.

Click here to view VCERA’s PowerPoint presentation at the retirement workshop.
Click here to view VCERA’s “Choosing the Best Retirement Date” fact sheet.