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APA and APR Designation Programs

Through NIPA’s Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) and Accredited Pension Representative (APR) designation 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.

 


 


Accredited Pension Administrator (APA)

The Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) designation is earned by the successful completion of four exams 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 exams covering the fundamentals of retirement plans with an emphasis on defined contribution plans and investment philosophy. The APR also requires a 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


APA/APR Pricing Structure

When enrolling in the APA or APR designation program, you will be required to pay the exam enrollment fee based on your current NIPA membership. Additional study materials (practice exams and textbooks) are also available for purchase (optional).

 

   Non-Members    Members*  
APA 1    
 Exam Enrollment  $375 $250
 Practice Exams  $100  $75
 PDF Textbook  $175 $150 
APA 2     
 Exam Enrollment $375 $250 
 Practice Exams $100 $75
 Online Textbook $250 $225
APA 3    
 Exam Enrollment $375 $250 
 Practice Exams  $100 $75 
 Online Textbook  $250 $225
APA 4    
 Exam Enrollment $375 $250
 Practice Exams $100 $75
 Online Textbook $350 $325
APR 1    
 Exam Enrollment $375 $250
 Practice Exams $100 $75
 PDF Textbook $175 $150
 APR 2    
 Exam Enrollment $375 $250 
 Practice Exams $100 $75 
 Online Textbook $350 $325 
 First Time Test Taker Fee    
 APA and/or APR  $50  $50

*Employees of Business Owner Members are eligible for member pricing. See below for more information. 

Business Owner Member Employees

Employees of Business Owner Members who are not NIPA members can enroll in the APA and/or APR exams at the member rate. Please follow the instructions below if you are a Business Owner Member and would like to enroll a non-member employee at the member rate.

  1. Log into the NIPA website.
  2. Click on the Manage Profile link in the top right corner of the page.
  3. Click on the Sub-accounts link under the Information & Settings heading.
  4. Enter the email address of the employee(s) in the Invite New Members section and click Send Invite.

Once you've sent the invite, your employee will receive an email with a link to create their NIPA account. After the employee has created the account, they will be able to enroll in the APA and/or APR exams at the member rate.

 

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