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NIPA provides practical information and effective, relevant designation programs necessary to achieve career advancement and improve day-to-day performance. Through NIPA's Accredited Pension Representative (APR) program, you will earn a prestigious designation that carries with it a sense of personal accomplishment and demonstrates your professional competency.

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APR Designation Benefits

As an APR student, you will experience a general survey of all types of retirement plans and engage in the advanced study of retirement plan topics, ranging from fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transactions to minimum coverage testing and distributions.


Potential APRs include:

  • Retirement plan personnel
  • Financial consultants/planners
  • Registered Investment Advisors 

Earning the APR Designation

Calling all ERPAs!

For retirement plan professionals who obtain the Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA) designation, NIPA will automatically grant the APR designation upon joining NIPA – no insurance license or FINRA series 6, 7,65, 66, 24 necessary! ERPA designees are also eligible to obtain the APA designation by taking a single open-book, comprehensive, online exam from their home or office.

To earn the APR designation, students must follow steps 1 or 2 below:

  1. Successfully complete/pass the two APR self-study courses and examinations and must also have one of the following: a FINRA Series 6, 7, 65, 66 or 24 license or an insurance license.
  2. Have an ERPA designation

In order to maintain the designation, you must complete 10 hours of continuing professional education credit and hold a current NIPA membership (annually).

Course 1:  The Fundamentals of Qualified Plan Administration (pdf) 
Course 2: Advanced Topics in Retirement Plans (online textbook)

Additional APA/APR Designation Program Information

To learn more about the 2016 program, download NIPA's 2016 Education Brochure. 

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