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NIPA realizes the time constraints and heavy workloads retirement plan professionals face in this dynamic industry. Our online certificate courses work around your schedule, letting you choose the best time to study and complete the exams to advance your knowledge of pension administration. Each course is comprised of online content, a comprehensive exam and a certificate issued at the time of successful completion. 

 

New! NIPA is excited to introduce our brand new online learning platform, the Learning Center. The Learning Center replaces our previous platform, AKP, and is now home to all of our certificate courses. To access the Learning Center, use the button below.

 

 

 

Please note: In order to complete a certificate course in the Learning Center and earn CPE credits, you'll be required to either log into your NIPA member account or create a complimentary guest account.

 

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A Comprehensive Guide to 401(k) Plans

A Comprehensive Guide to 401(k) Plans delivers an in-depth examination of the regulatory requirements and operational features of the most popular employer-sponsored savings arrangement for today's workers – the 401(k) plan.Beginning with an overview of the legal and regulatory framework that serves as the foundation for 401(k) plans and an overview of the various players that must work together to ensure a plan's success, the program then addresses the broad spectrum of operational and compliance issues that arise in the life cycle of a 401(k) plan – from plan establishment of a 401(k) plan to plan termination. Key topics addressed in the program include popular 401(k) plan design options, plan establishment procedures, eligibility and vesting calculations, contribution and deduction limits, compliance testing, distribution and loan options, government reporting and plan corrections strategies.

 

Continuing Education Credits: 16 NIPA CPE; 16 ERPA CPE
Cost: Members: $495; Non-members: $595

 


Distribution Administrator 

NIPA’s Distribution Administrator Certificate Program was designed to help fill the industry’s need for training entry-level staff who typically handle distributions. This program is also comprehensive enough to help pension administrators with more experience to broaden their understanding of the ever-expanding rules, practices and procedures affecting qualified retirement plan distributions.

 

Continuing Education Credits: 16 NIPA CPE; 16 ERPA CPE
Cost: Members: $495; Non-members: $595


Loan Administrator 

The Loan Administrator Certificate Program was designed to provide a comprehensive training option and review course for staff members whose job responsibilities include any aspect of participant loan processing or loan maintenance.

 

Continuing Education Credits: 5 NIPA CPE; 5 ERPA CPE
Cost: Members: $295; Non-members: $395


The Fundamentals of Qualified Plans

The Fundamentals of Qualified Plans Program covers a range of topics designed to familiarize the audience with general requirements of qualified plans. The program is intended to be an introduction to qualified plan rules and is presented at a level suitable for those new to the retirement plan industry.

 

Continuing Education Credits: 5 NIPA CPE; 4 ERPA CPE
Cost: Members: $295; Non-members: $395

 

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