APA and APR Designation Programs
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.
Accredited Pension Administrator (APA)
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 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
NIPA continues to deliver on being the most cost-effective resource for continuing education. You can view our APA/APR Designation pricing structure below.
*Employees of Business Owner Members are also eligible for member pricing. See below for more information.
Business Owner Member Employees
Employees of Business Owner Members who are not NIPA members have the ability to register for 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 register a non-member employee at the member rate:
Once you have sent the invite, the employee will receive an email with a link to create their account. After the employee has created the account, they will be able to register for the APA and/or APR exams at the member rate.
If you have any questions, please contact NIPA Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.999.6472 (NIPA).
To learn more about our designation programs and other educational opportunities that NIPA has to offer, click here to view our 2017 Education Flyer.