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New Certified Plan Sponsor Professional Credential Announced

Professional Development

NAPA Executive Director Brian Graff announced at the April 7 opening session of the 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit in Las Vegas that the Plan Sponsor Council of America is unveiling a new credential: the Certified Plan Sponsor Professional (CPSP). 

Graff, who also serves as CEO of the American Retirement Association, said he was “extremely excited” to announce the new professional designation. “It was developed by a great team of plan sponsors,” he said, and is “designed to give plan sponsors the knowledge they need.” The CPSP “leverages the latest in material and technology,” Graff said, and includes nine modules. “This is a very substantive, comprehensive curriculum,” he added.

To be eligible for the CPSP credential, a candidate must have at least two years of experience in a retirement plan sponsor or related role, pass the CPSP credentialing exam, and adhere to the Code of Conduct adopted by PSCA.

CPFA-credentialed advisors may obtain complimentary access to the program for up to 10 of their plan sponsor clients. Complimentary access also is available through ARA education partners Ascensus, Franklin Templeton, PIMCO, Wilmington Trust and OppenheimerFunds. More information about the CPSP education program and credential is available at