MCERA Retirement Workshops

MCERA has two workshops specific to different career stages: Mid-Career (3-20 years from retirement) and Preparing to Retire (within 2 years of retirement); as well as a workshop dedicated to Social Security.

To sign up, view the schedules below and click Request Seat next to the workshop of your choice. If your preferred workshop is full you can be added to the waitlist. You can also sign up by sending an email to MCERA's workshop coordinator (MCERAWorkshops@marincounty.org) or calling (415) 473-4014.

Mid-Career Workshop

This workshop is designed for members 3 to 20 years away from retirement.

  • Classic members: If you were an MCERA member on or before December 31, 2012, or a member of another public retirement system as of that date and came to MCERA with reciprocity, you're a Classic member.
  • PEPRA members: If you entered membership on or after January 1, 2013 and you don't have reciprocity with another public retirement system with service prior to that date, you're a PEPRA member.
Mid-Career Topics
  • Defined benefit vs. defined contribution
  • Fund income sources
  • Overview of service, disability and death benefits
  • Career milestones
  • Leaving before retirement
  • Reciprocity
  • Divorce
  • Calculating your benefit
  • Ways to increase your benefit
  • How to estimate your benefit at home
  • Tools and resources
  • Next steps throughout your career
Mid-Career Workshops for Classic Members (all employers)
Date Time Status Request Seat
July 26, 2017 10 am – 12 pm Closed
July 26, 2017 1 pm – 3 pm Closed
Mid-Career Workshops for PEPRA Members (all employers)
Date Time Status Request Seat
July 27, 2017 1 pm – 3 pm Closed

Preparing to Retire Workshop

This workshop is designed for members within 2 years of retirement. Unlike the Mid-Career workshops, retirement benefit information for these workshops is customized according to employer. Be sure to choose the appropriate workshop for your employer.

Preparing to Retire Topics
  • Defined benefit vs. defined contribution
  • Fund income sources
  • Eligibility to Retire
  • Divorce
  • "How much will I get?"
  • "What will my beneficiary get?"
  • "How can I increase my benefit?"
  • "What date is right for me?"
  • "How do I apply?"
  • Cost of living adjustments
  • Working after retirement
  • Medical benefit subsidy plans
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
Preparing to Retire Workshops for City of San Rafael and Special District Members
Date Time Status Request Seat
February 15, 2017 1 pm – 3:30 pm Closed
October 24, 2017 9 am – 11:30 am Seats Available Request Seat
Preparing to Retire Workshops for County of Marin and Superior Court Members
Date Time Status Request Seat
February 14, 2017 9 am – 12 pm Closed
February 14, 2017 1 pm – 4 pm Closed
June 21, 2017 1 pm – 4 pm Closed
October 26, 2017 9 am – 12 pm Full Waitlist

Social Security Workshop

MCERA hosts a representative from Social Security who discusses the Windfall Elimination Provision, the Government Pension Offset, and provides answers to general information questions.

Social Security workshops are open to members in all career stages from all employers as well as MCERA retirees.

Social Security Workshops (all members, all employers)
Date Time Status Request Seat
March 7, 2017 1 pm – 3 pm Closed