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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.

*Safety Tier 1 (Legacy) Safety members hired prior to January 1, 2013

*Safety Tier 7 (PEPRA) Safety members hired on or after January 1, 2013

All members who are not classified as Safety are referred to as General members.

*General Tier 1 (Legacy) General members hired prior to June 30, 1979.

General Tier 2 (Legacy) General members hired between June 30, 1979 & December 31, 2012.

*General Tier 2 (Legacy, COLA eligible) SEIU members hired between June 30, 1979 & December 31, 2012

*General Tier 5 (PEPRA) General members hired on or after January 1, 2013

General Tier 6 (PEPRA) General members hired on or after January 1, 2013

*General Tier 8 (PEPRA, COLA eligible) SEIU General members hired on or after January 1, 2013

* Some tiers are eligible for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Click here to learn more.

The Bylaws of the Board of Retirement exclude extra help and part-time employees from membership in the retirement system. A schedule of less than 64 hours biweekly constitutes part-time employment.  Excluded employees are covered under the County of Ventura Supplemental Retirement Plan, also known as “Safe Harbor”. Questions regarding the Safe Harbor Plan should be directed to Ventura County Human Resources (HR).