Membership with ACERA requires appointment to a permanent
full-time position with an ACERA Participating Employer.
Membership is continuous until termination and is mandatory for
Membership is effective on the first day of the pay period
following your hire date in an ACERA-covered position. This is
your Date of Entry or Entry
Date into ACERA membership. As of your effective entry
date, payroll deductions for your retirement contributions will
begin and you will earn service credit for each hour worked.
During the short period between the beginning of employment and
your ACERA plan entry date, you neither pay contributions nor
receive service credit—although one may purchase this service
credit (referred to as “days prior to entry”) at any time before
retirement without changing the membership entry date.
ACERA membership is continuous for as long as you are employed in
an ACERA-covered position.
Active Members are currently employed by an
ACERA Participating Employer, and are working in a full-time
Deferred Members have ceased active employment
and have left their retirement
contributions on deposit with ACERA, but have not yet
ACERA has two membership types, Safety and General, which are
based on job classifications:
Safety Members work in active law enforcement,
fire fighting, or positions that have been designated as Safety
by the Board of Retirement (e.g., Juvenile Hall Group
Counselor, Probation Officer, etc.).
General Members are all other members.
Additionally, members will fall into one of the three following
categories based on their work or retirement status:
Employee and employer contributions provide an important source of funding for the benefits paid to current retirees, future retirees, and other qualified recipients under the ACERA plan. Both you and your employer contribute to fund your ACERA retirement benefits, although contributions are not a part of the formula used to compute your benefit paid at retirement.
Employee and employer contribution rates are set by law according to factors determined by a yearly actuarial study.
Your employer will provide you with an ACERA Member Enrollment
Questionnaire. The questionnaire provides ACERA with pertinent
personal information such as your birth date, position,
department, and prior public service information. It also allows
you to nominate a beneficiary for plan benefits. Complete and
return this form to your payroll clerk or Human Resources (HR)
department within your first two weeks of employment. You will
also need to provide evidence of your birth date, such as your
birth certificate, passport, or other documentation required by
ACERA for verification.
A beneficiary is simply the person that you designate to receive
your death benefits after you pass away. You can have
In completing your ACERA member Enrollment Questionnaire, you are
asked to name your ACERA plan beneficiary(ies). The form includes
your beneficiary’s personal information, including name, Social
Security number, and his or her relationship to you. Once
completed, your form is forwarded to ACERA by your employer.
The Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA)
provides these pages as a service primarily to its members, their
beneficiaries and the public generally. ACERA makes no
representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect
to any statements and/or documents, or any part thereof,
including any warranties of title, noninfringement of copyright
or patent rights of others, merchantability, or fitness or
suitability for any purpose.