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Retirement Plans Associate (RPA)

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ABTrainingCenter.com offers Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) certification courses for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) designation.

About The Designation

The Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) designation is earned by individuals in the group benefits arena who complete the extensive four-course curriculum and successfully pass the examination.

The RPA designation helps professionals:
  • Develop strategic skill sets by attaining broad but deep expertise in Defined Contribution plans, Defined Benefit plans, and investments
  • Provide greater value to your organization by broadening your exposure to a wide range of issues impacting all aspects of retirement plans
  • Attain increased knowledge, a sense of achievement, a competitive edge, and industry recognition
Additionally, all RPA courses receive credits towards the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist CEBS designation.

The International Foundation, the largest educational organization in the employee benefits field, is responsible for the overall administration of the program. The Wharton School, one of the preeminent business schools in the U.S., oversees academic content and standards.


Designees must complete the three required courses plus one elective course:

Required Courses
  • Course 3: Retirement Plans: Basic Features & Defined Contribution Approaches
  • Course 4: Retirement Plans: Defined Benefit Approaches & Plan Administration
  • Course 7: Asset Management
Electives (Any one of the following courses)
  • Course 8: Human Resources and Compensation Management
  • PFP 1: Personal Financial Planning 1: Concepts and Principles
Each course is designed for independent study so students can study at their own pace. Most candidates average 50-75 hours of study time per course.

Course materials include a Study Manual, Required Textbook, and Practice Exams on CD-Rom. You can take as many courses as needed, and courses can be taken in any order. There are no requirements to complete a designation.

Examination Requirements

Each course examination is two hours in length and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. Automatic scoring is provided at the test site.

Instructions for taking an exam will be mailed with your enrollment materials. A formal certificate is mailed automatically upon passing the required examinations for the designation.

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