NIPA provides the practical information and effective, relevant designation programs that are necessary to achieve career advancement and improve day-to-day performance.
Through NIPA’s Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) and Accredited Pension Representative (APR) programs, you will earn a prestigious designation that carries with it a sense of personal accomplishment and demonstrates your commitment to the retirement plan industry.
"Earning the APA and APR designations through NIPA has been instrumental in our growth as a TPA company. NIPA is the easiest and most economical option for earning CPE credits for our entire staff." -Marc M. Roberts, President, Associated Pension Consultants
The Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) designation is earned by the successful completion of four study courses and examinations covering all aspects of plan administration. The APA is maintained by annually completing 15 hours of continuing education and current NIPA membership. Potential APAs include pension administrators, retirement relationship managers and ERISA compliance specialists.
Accredited Pension Representative (APR)
The Accredited Pension Representative (APR) designation is earned by the successful completion of two study courses and examinations covering the fundamentals of retirement plans with an emphasis on defined contribution plans and investment philosophy. The APR also requires an FINRA Series 6, 7, 65, 66 or 24 license, or an insurance license, and is maintained by annually completing 10 hours of continuing education and current NIPA membership. Potential APRs include retirement plan personnel, financial consultants/planners and Registered Investment Advisors.
Additional APA/APR Designation Program Information:
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.