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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)

TheAccredited Pension Administrator (APA) designationis 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.


   Non-Members    Members*  
APA 1    
 Exam  $375 $250
 Practice Exams  $100  $75
 PDF Textbook  $175 $150 
APA 2     
 Exam $375 $250 
 Practice Exams $100 $75
 Online Textbook $250 $225
APA 3    
 Exam $375 $250 
 Practice Exams  $100 $75 
 Online Textbook  $250 $225
APA 4    
 Exam $375 $250
 Practice Exams $100 $75
 Online Textbook $350 $325
APR 1    
 Exam $375 $250
 Practice Exams $100 $75
 PDF Textbook $175 $150
 APR 2    
 Exam $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 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: 

  1. Login to the NIPA website.
  2. Click on the NIPA logo on the upper left-hand side of the page to go to the NIPA homepage.
  3. Click on the “Manage Profile” link in the “My Profile” box, located on the lower right-hand side of the page.
  4. Click on the “Sub-accounts” link under the “Information & Settings” heading.
  5. Enter the email address of the employee(s) in the "Invite New Members” section and click "Send Invite".

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 or 800.999.6472 (NIPA).

"Earning the APA and APR designations through NIPA has been instrumental in our growth as a TPA company. NIPA is the easiest and most economical option for earning CPE credits for our entire staff."

- Marc M. Roberts, President, Associated Pension Consultants


To learn more about our designation programs and other educational opportunities that NIPA has to offer, click here to view our 2017 Education Flyer.

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