State Correction Officers and Security Hospital Treatment Assistants Plan

For ERS Tier 3, 5 and 6 Members (Article 14-CO)

Becoming Eligible for a Benefit

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Once you have accrued the required amount of credited service, you will be vested. This means you have earned the right to receive a retirement benefit, even if you leave public employment.

  • Tier 3 members must have five years of credited service.
  • Tier 5 and 6 members must have ten years of credited service.

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The amount of your vested benefit is based on your service, age at retirement and your earnings when you were an active member.

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Vesting is automatic — you do not have to fill out any paperwork or file an application to become vested. However, you will need to file a retirement application to begin receiving your vested benefit.