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NIPA’s APA and APR Designations: A Cost-Effective Way to Set Your Firm Apart From the Competition

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014

By: Kimberly Martin, APA, CPC, QPA, Education Director, NIPA

You may have gotten into this crazy business by accident (not too many of us grew up planning on being a TPA), but once on the job, you made a choice to remain in the retirement plan industry, and that choice demands education.  This isn’t a profession where you can “wing it” for long.  Complex statutory mandates require that you know what you are doing!  Successful TPAs need to not only understand qualified plan concepts, but also must be able to apply these complicated rules when designing and administering retirement plans. 

Where can you go to make sure your staff has the knowledge and skills they need to effectively handle the day-to-day administration of your clients’ plans?
  NIPA is committed to advancing the unique value of TPAs in the retirement industry by keeping TPA business owners, their firms and staff ahead of the curve.  NIPA’s best-in-class designations ensure your staff has the expertise required to perform their daily jobs – and set your firm apart from the competition. 

To maintain high professional standards in our industry, NIPA offers two comprehensive designations which indicate that an employee has achieved the necessary “know how” in this industry.  Through NIPA’s 
Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) and Accredited Pension Representative (APR) programs, your staff will gain the required knowledge and skills that immediately translate into being able to do their jobs – and improve bottom-line results!

The APA is earned through the successful completion of four self-study courses and exams geared toward plan administrators and consultants, while the APR designation is earned through the successful completion of two self-study courses and exams geared toward financial professionals.  Each program’s relevant and practical curriculum focuses on the information and abilities your staff needs to successfully carry out their responsibilities.  Check out each designation’s comprehensive curriculum in
NIPA's 2014 Education Brochure. 

While NIPA’s designation program is designed to provide your staff with the expertise needed to meet the demands of their jobs, a NIPA designation isn’t only about improving day-to-day performance.
  NIPA’s APA and APR designations provide your staff with the opportunity to earn a prestigious designation that carries with it a sense of personal accomplishment and demonstrates their commitment to the retirement plan industry.  Obtaining a NIPA designation will strengthen their personal and professional value, causing them to stand out from their peers and distinguishing your firm in the marketplace.

Because NIPA is committed to providing you, your firm and your staff with the tools and resources you need to succeed, NIPA has implemented a new pricing structure for its APA/APR designation program.  In addition, staff of business owner members can now register for the APA and APR exams at the reduced member rate.  Practically speaking, this translates into lower costs to put your employees through NIPA’s designation program.  Visit to learn more about these discounts available to you.

NIPA’s designations are also convenient to obtain.  Courses are self-study, allowing your staff to progress at their own pace.  Practice examinations are available to help determine how well they know the material.  APA and APR exams are administered online during three month-long periods each year, making it easier and more convenient to schedule and complete their exams.  In fact, NIPA’s next exam window is from May 15 through June 15, and registration is still open. 
Click here to enroll your employees in NIPA’s APA or APR designation program, and get them started today! 

Retirement plans operate under a complex set of rules and regulations, causing day-to-day plan administration to become increasingly more complicated.  NIPA’s designation program will help you meet this challenge.  Educating your employees is a commitment you must make in order to advance your business in this competitive world.  Don’t wait!  Begin today.  
Click here and register your employees in NIPA’s APA or APR designation program, and strengthen their personal and professional value.  With NIPA’s best-in-class designations, your staff will gain the education excellence necessary to set your firm apart from the competition!  

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