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What is NIPA?

The National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA) is a national association representing the retirement and employee benefit plan administration profession. It was founded with the idea of bringing together professional benefit administrators and other interested parties to encourage greater dialogue, cooperation and educational opportunities. NIPA’s goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of plan administration.


From its beginning in 1983, the founding concepts and specific purpose of NIPA is to educate and train plan administrators. NIPA started as an outgrowth of an eight person work study group. It is now a 1000-member national organization. NIPA's educational forums include courses, workshops and seminars focusing on the various aspects of plan administration. 


NIPA has come a long way in a short time. The growth of the organization is a direct result of the proliferation of increasingly complex statutory mandates and the need to develop and maintain high professional standards in employee benefit plan consulting and administration services. To reach its goals, NIPA offers its members a variety of educational pursuits and programs as outlined on this website.

What does NIPA do?

It designs, implements and administers programs for the benefit of its members, the industry and the general public to:

  • Increase the general level of knowledge about retirement and other employee benefit plans and their administration
  • Achieve greater professionalism in the industry 
  • Enhance the general well-being and mutual interests of its members
  • Administer the Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) and Accredited Pension Representative (APR) professional designation programs
  • Assist in forming APA/APR study groups with other pension professionals in your area
  • Assist in forming chapters for local educational, problem-solving and networking opportunities

We invite and encourage your participation - join NIPA today!

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