Webinars

To join a webinar, select “Join” 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. No need to register! All listed times are Pacific Time. Most webinars include a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Some webinars run a bit longer, so we recommend you choose a time when you’ll have 60 minutes available. For more information about joining a webinar, see how to Join a DRS Webinar.

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2021 Nearing Retirement Seminars offered by DRS are available as webinars.

Deferred Compensation Program (DCP)

During this DRS webinar, we’ll discuss DCP, Washington state’s Deferred Compensation Program. Content includes:

  • Minimum deferral amounts: Only $30 a month or 1%
  • Income tax reductions
  • Overview of investment approaches
  • How to make account changes
  • When you can withdraw your savings
  • And more!

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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at 4 pmJoin
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at 2 pmJoin
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at 12 pmJoin

DCP Distributions

Find out more about withdrawing your funds from the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). Content includes:

  • What are my payment options from my DCP account?
  • Can I leave my money in DCP?
  • Can I complete a rollover or use my balance to purchase service credit?
  • And more!

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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 at 4 pmJoin
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at 2 pmJoin
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at 12 pm
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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Plan Choice

Which plan is right for you, Plan 2 or Plan 3? During this DRS webinar, we’ll discuss Plan Choice. Content includes:

  • What are the plan similarities and differences?
  • What are the benefits of each plan?
  • How much will I contribute?
  • How can DCP supplement either plan?

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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at 12 pm
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Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at 10 am

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Online Resources

This webinar introduces you to many of the retirement planning tools and resources available on the DRS website. Whether you’re just getting started in your career, you’ve been working for awhile, or you’re nearing the end of your career, you’ll find the help you need to prepare for a successful retirement.

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Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at 3:30 pmJoin

Plan 2: PERS, TRS, SERS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 2 members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?

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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 2 pmJoin
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at 2:30 pmJoin
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at 12 pmJoin
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at 4 pmJoin

Disability and Death Benefits (PERS, SERS, TRS)

  • What if I need to retire because of a disability?
  • What if I die before I retire?

Difficult questions to be sure, but it’s important to know the answers. This webinar will provide you with this information.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at 12 pmJoin

Plan 2: LEOFF, WSPRS, PSERS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 2 members of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) and the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?

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Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at 2 pmJoin

Plan 3: PERS, TRS, SERS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 3 members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?

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Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 at 4 pmJoin
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at 2 pmJoin
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at 12 pmJoin
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm
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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at 12 pm
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Plan 3 Distributions

Find out more about Plan 3 withdrawals through this webinar. Content includes:

  • What are my payment options from my defined contribution account?
  • Can I leave my money in my account?
  • Can I complete a rollover or use my balance to purchase an annuity?
  • And more!

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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 at 12 pmJoin
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at 2:30 pmJoin

Purchasing an Additional Benefit

Would you like to increase your retirement benefit payment without working longer? In this webinar find out more about purchasing additional service credit and purchasing annuities.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 at 10 amJoin
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 12 pmJoin
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at 3:30 pmJoin

Identity Theft/Protection

Identity theft and fraud are becoming more common. It seems there is a new scam to watch for every day. Find out how to protect your information and avoid scams with this presentation from DFI. Content includes:

  • How scam artists trick you into handing over your personal information and money
  • How to avoid becoming a fraud victim
  • What to do if someone does get your information
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 at 2 pmJoin

Investment Basics

Whether you’re new to investing or have been a long-time investor, discover more about the basic principles of investing, such as:

  • Setting savings goals
  • Considering your time horizon
  • Identifying your tolerance for risk
  • Diversifying among asset classes
  • Periodically updating investment strategies

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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at 1 pmJoin

Early Retirement (PERS, SERS, TRS)

Are you thinking about retiring early? As a Plan 2 or Plan 3 member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) or Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), you have the option to retire early and begin receiving a monthly benefit once you meet the minimum service requirements. This webinar provides information about some of the things you might want to consider before deciding if early retirement is right for you.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 4 pmJoin
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at 10 amJoin
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at 3:30 pmJoin
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at 2 pmJoin

Dual Membership

Being a member of more than one DRS retirement plan can seem confusing – especially when it comes to calculating your retirement benefit. And what if you are also a member of a city plan? Content includes:

  • How dual membership works
  • How your benefit is calculated
  • The advantages of dual membership

Note: Participation in DCP does not make you a dual member.

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Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 12:30 pmJoin

Plan 1: WSPRS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 1 members of the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?


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New webinars coming soon

Getting Ready for Retirement

Are you nearing retirement? This webinar reviews the steps to take to prepare and apply for retirement through DRS. Content will also include decisions you are asked to make during the retirement process.

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Estimate your benefits

The Benefit Estimator is a tool to help you plan for your future. This webinar shows you how to create and use benefit estimates throughout career to help understand your retirement options.

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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at 4 pm Join

Applying for Retirement

Members who are close to retirement might have questions about the application process. This webinar previews the steps to take to formally request an estimate and apply for retirement.

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Benefit Payment Options at Retirement

When you apply for retirement, you’ll choose from four benefit payment options offered by your plan. This webinar will discuss your options as well as qualifying reasons to change your option after you retire.

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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at 2 pmJoin
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at 12 pmJoin
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 2 pmJoin
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at 8:30 amJoin

Returning to Work After Retirement

Thinking about working after retirement? Find out the potential impact to your Plan 2 or Plan 3 benefit if you return to work for an employer covered by one of the state retirement systems. This webinar is for members of Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) or the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS).

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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at 3 pmJoin

Medicare

As retirement approaches, you’ll want to make some key decisions about your healthcare. Medicare can be an important factor in many of those decisions. If you aren’t familiar with Medicare and other available resources, or if you just want to brush up on the topic, this webcast is for you.

See Social Security’s publication about Medicare. Also see this video about PEBB.

New webinars coming soon

Social Security Basics

Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • Who receives Social Security benefits?
  • What is full retirement age?
  • How does age at retirement affect the benefit?
  • How is the benefit amount determined?

Note: Have your Social Security Benefit Statement available for this webinar. To access it, open a Social Security Account before the webinar and download your Benefit Statement.

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Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 at 11 amJoin
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at 12 pmJoin

Nearing Retirement Seminar

Per guidance from local health and government officials, Nearing Retirement Seminars offered by DRS are currently available as live online webinars. These half-day sessions are designed for those who plan to retire in the next few years. Be sure to review How to Join a DRS Webinar and join 15 minutes before the session starts. For login or audio assistance, call 360-664-7930.

Also see DRS nearing retirement videos.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at 9 amJoin
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at 9 amJoin
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at 9 amJoin

To attend, you’ll need a computer with internet access and sound. We recommend you join the webinar 10-15 minutes early to test your connection. If you have a microphone, please mute it after you join the webinar. For assistance in joining a webinar, see how to Join a DRS Webinar.

Persons of disability needing assistance in accessing DRS training, or those needing the information in an alternate format, can call Tina Greene at (360) 664-7005 or TTY Relay Service at 711.

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