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American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA)

Founded in 1966, ASPPA is a national organization of diversified retirement plan professionals dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the private pension system in the United States. ASPPA is the leading association for retirement plan education and has a reputation for high-quality training and continuing education opportunities that is thorough and comprehensive. Focusing on specialization, ASPPA offers credentials designed for professionals in the financial (Qualified Plan Financial Consultant, QPFC), tax-exempt & governmental (Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant, TGPC), administrative (Qualified 401(k) Administrator, QKA and Qualified Pension Administrator, QPA), consulting (Certified Pension Consultant, CPC), actuarial (Member, Society of Pension Actuaries, MSPA, Fellow, Society of Pension Actuaries, FSPA) and associated (Associated Professional Member, APM) areas of the retirement income industry. From the 6,500+ ASPPA members, over 5000 currently hold ASPPA professional credentials.

ASPPA's education programs are designed to offer learning opportunities for the professional who is new to the industry as well as for the experienced practitioner seeking to obtain new knowledge or wanting to update their comprehension of particular topics. Included as an important component of the education program is the development and delivery of the required courses of study for professionals seeking ASPPA's certificate and credentialing programs:

Certificate Programs: Retirement Plan Fundamentals Certificate program requires the successful completion of the RPF-1 and RPF-2; Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Administration Certificate requires the successful completion of the TGPC-1. Credential Programs: QPFC requires successful completion of the RPF-1, RPF-2, PFC-1 and PFC-2; TGPC requires RPF-1, RPF-2, TGPC-1 and TGPC-2; QKA requires RPF-1, RPF-2, DC-1 and DC-2; QPA requires QKA examinations plus the DC-3 and DB exams; CPC requires QPA Examinations plus the CPC modules and CPC examination; MSPA requires the Enrolled Actuary examinations (EA-1, EA-2A, EA-2B); and the FSPA requires the Enrolled Actuary examinations (EA-1, EA-2A, EA-2B) plus the CPC modules, CPC exam and A-4.

Organization Contact: Education Services Department, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 750, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: (703) 516-9300, Fax: (703) 516-9308, E-mail: education@asppa.org, www.asppa.org.

URL:   http://www.asppa.org
Source of Official Student Records:   Source of Official Student Records: Education Services Department, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 750, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: (703) 516-9300, Fax: (703) 516-9308, E-mail: education@asppa.org, www.asppa.org.
How Results are Reported:   How Examination Results Are Reported: The RPF-1, RPF-2 and TGPC-1 examinations are graded on a pass/fail basis. Actual number of correct answers is reported to the candidate: 90% and above is a passing score for the RPF-1 and RPF-2 and 85% and above is a passing score for the TGPC-1. Upon completion of a DC-1, DC-2, DC-3, DB, PFC-1, PFC-2 and TGPC-2 examination, candidates will receive immediate pass/fail information and a grade (N/3, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9) will be issued. CPC and A-4 test scores are mailed to candidates within eight to ten weeks after the examination date.
Retake Policy:   One version of the RPF-1, RPF-2 and TGPC-1 exams are available each calendar year. If a student fails, he/she must register and take the exam the next calendar year. The TGPC-2, PFC-1, PFC-2, DC-1, DC-2, DC-3, DB and CPC exams are offered twice per year during a spring and fall examination window. Students can register and take the exam only once during a testing window. If a student fails, he/she can register and take the exam during the next testing window. The A-4 exam is only offered once per year during the fall examination window. If a student fails, he/she must register and take the exam the following calendar year.

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