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Credentials and Certificates

Credential Programs

Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA)

The Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) credential – developed by some of the nation's leading advisors and retirement plan experts – demonstrates your knowledge, expertise and commitment to working with retirement plans. Plan advisors who earn their CPFA demonstrate the expertise required to act as a plan fiduciary or help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities.

Read the CPFA Candidate Handbook

Notice: ASPPA will perform maintenance on the proctored exam system on May 2-3, 2022. Exams will not be available during the maintenance period.

NAPA Exam Policy:

Review the NAPA Exam Policy.

How does the online exam work?

The CPFA online exam is available for purchase on the ARA Marketplace. To take the CPFA online exam all you need to do is purchase the online exam. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to access the exam using the ARA My Learning Activities platform (until April 11, see note above) accessible from our NAPA website and your account homepage. 

Members who have earned their CPFA credential need to be aware of NAPA's CE policy. Review it here.

Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC)

This credential is available as an alternative to the CPFA credential. The coursework and exam are the same for both credentials. NAPA members may use the QPFC credential if their broker/dealer does not allow the CPFA credential.

  • Existing QPFC credential holders may switch their credential to the CPFA credential at no cost. If you would like to switch your designation to CPFA, please contact us to request this change. We encourage you to speak to your compliance department (if applicable) before making the change.

Certificate Programs

ESG Investing for 401(k) Plan Advisors Certificate Program

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investments dominate the headlines and fund flows these days. And yet, despite growing interest from participants and curiosity from plan sponsors, there are lingering questions about benchmarks, fiduciary standards, and the implications of shifting regulatory policy. Let’s face it: There’s a lot to unpack in order to help your clients manage their ERISA fiduciary obligations. NAPA has you covered with a new education program: The Environmental, Social, and Governance 401(k) (ESG(k)) Certificate Program. This program is for you and FREE to NAPA members. If you haven't already received your enrollment code, contact us today. Contact Customer Care at 703-516-9300.

Nonqualified Plan Advisor

Looking for ways to enhance yourconsultative value to businesses and their key employees? Want to differentiate your practice from the competition, expand your value proposition, and increase your revenue? Then the Nonqualified Plan Advisor program is for you and FREE to NAPA members. If you haven't already received your enrollment code, contact us today. Contact Customer Care at 703-516-9300.

401k Practice Builder

The NAPA 401(k) Practice Builder is an online modular certificate program that provides you with the foundational knowledge essential to 401(k) plan sales.

Credential Check

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Additional Programs

ASPPA Professional Development

NAPA's sister association, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), offers certificates, credentials, and resources for actuaries, TPAs, record keepers, consultants, and 401(k) and Defined Benefit plan administrators.

ASEA Professional Development

The American Society of Enrolled Actuaries (ASEA) provides pension actuaries with webcasts, conferences, resources, and the Fellow, Society of Enrolled Actuaries (FSEA) program.

NTSA Professional Development

NAPA's sister association, the National Tax-Deferred Saving Association (NTSA), offers certificates, credentials, and resources for administrators of 403(b) and 457(b) Plans.