Retirement Benefits

The First Steps for New CalPERS Members

CalPERS member accessing online resources on a laptop.

Are you new to public service and curious about what being a CalPERS member entails?

We’ve got you covered with our New CalPERS Member page on our website. We’ve put together the first steps you should consider as a new member and provide resources as you embark on your career.

From myCalPERS — your gateway to conducting business with us — to different types of membership, retirement and health benefits, we’ve put the need-to-know information on one convenient webpage.

Life Events

Becoming a new CalPERS member is one of several milestones we explore on our Life Events page.

We take into account several things that can happen over the course of your career as a member and provide insight as you progress on your journey.

Learn how these events can impact your coverage or benefits in CalPERS programs:

Member Classes

Whether you’re new to CalPERS or a long-term member, it’s never too early or too late to learn about your benefits or retirement. Take advantage of our educational resources, including videos, forms and publications, and online and instructor-led classes on our Member Education page.