What are some common and useful retirement planner designations? Are they expensive or difficult to obtain?

Some common retirement planner designations are:

  • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) designation from the College for Financial Planning
  • Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP) designation from the Institute Of Certified Bankers
  • Certified Retirement Services Professional (CRSP) designation from the Institute Of Certified Bankers
  • Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) designation from the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE)
  • Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) from the National Institute of Pension Administrators
  • All of the websites linked above include pricing information.

    The above certifications are not difficult to obtain, but they do require many hours of studying and/or years of experience in the field. They are well worth the time and money spent, however, as they help to lend credibility and build customer confidence in designees.

    The best one to start with is the CISP, as it is the easiest and it covers the bulk of retirement assets, which are IRA assets.

    To learn more about financial certifications, see The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications, Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Financial Planners and Choosing an Advisor: Wall Street vs. Main Street.


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