Membership & Tiers



Membership in the retirement system is effective upon appointment to an eligible position of service with the County of Ventura or eligible district.  It is mandatory for all regular employees of the County of Ventura, or contracting district, who are scheduled to work 64 or more hours biweekly.

NOTE: Employees of the Ventura County Courts are considered County employees for the purposes of this website.

There are two types of membership in VCERA: Safety and General. Safety membership is applicable to those employees involved in active law enforcement or fire suppression. 

Employees hired prior to January 1, 2013 are often referred to as “Legacy” members and those hired after January 1, 2013 are often referred to as “PEPRA” members. PEPRA refers to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act, which changed certain plan provisions for employees hired after January 1, 2013.