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Preparation Materials and Study Guides

Student memberships are available to individuals who are not a NIPA member but are currently pursuing their APA or APR designation. You may join NIPA as a Student Member by completing the online membership form


The APA/APR examinations may be taken in any order, although it is recommended they be taken in sequence. To properly prepare for each of the APA or APR examinations, students will need a study guide and the text materials cited in the study guide. All exam materials may be ordered when registering for an exam online. Exam materials are not available for purchase if you are not registered for an exam.


Each exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions relating to material covered in the appropriate text and study guide. Students are given a Pass/Fail result.


Because of the ever changing laws and rules, study guides and most text materials are updated annually. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for their exam using current study materials. Using outdated study materials will not adequately prepare students for the exams. Study materials may not be reproduced without the written consent of NIPA.


APA Textbooks


The following course materials are not available as hard copy textbooks. Instructions on how to access the online textbook in the NIPA Learning Center will be sent via email within 1-2 business days.


 Course 1:  Fundamentals of Qualified Plan Administration (PDF)                                                          
 Course 2:  A Comprehensive Guide to 401(k) Plans (online textbook) 
 Course 3:  Distributions and Loan Administrator (online textbook) 
 Course 4:  Qualified Plan eSource (online textbook)



APR Textbooks


Study Guides and Practice Exams

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