How do I become a Certified IRA Professional (CIP)?

Meet the Eligibility Requirements

Ascensus and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) developed this nationally recognized designation exclusively for experienced professionals who have IRA compliance or operations responsibilities. To qualify to take the Certified IRA Professional (CIP) certification examination, you must meet the following prerequisites.

  • Have a minimum of two years of IRA compliance or operations experience or have achieved CIS II certification AND
  • Attend Ascensus’ IRA Institute Online, IRA Institute, or another approved prerequisite no more than 30 days before the examination date

OR

  • Have three years of IRA compliance or operations experience

Register for an Ascensus IRA Institute

IRA Institute Online

Session 1: February 24 – May 17, 2020
Session 2: September 1 – November 22, 2020

Investment: $1,695

IRA Institute

Details on how to make a room reservation will be emailed once your IRA Institute registration is received. Attendees will pay for their own room and will need to guarantee the room with a credit card.

Investment: $1,799

Denver, CO – March 2-6, 2020

Optional CIP Exam: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020

Optional CISP Exam: The CISP exam will not be offered onsite at the IRA Institute. Visit the ABA website for exam location.

Location: Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-925-1234

Room Rates: $199


Indianapolis, IN – May 11-15, 2020

Optional CIP Exam: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020

Optional CISP Exam: The CISP exam will not be offered onsite at the IRA Institute. Visit the ABA website for exam location.

Location: Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-236-1800

Room Rates: $165


San Diego, CA – September 21-25, 2020

Optional CIP Exam: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Optional CISP Exam: The CISP exam will not be offered onsite at the IRA Institute. Visit the ABA website for exam location.

Location: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown
601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-2400

Room Rate: $199


Apply for CIP Examination

CIP Examination

To register for the CIP exam, visit our registration website.

Exam fee: $299

Exam retake fee: $299

Study Materials

IRA Institute Online

  • All study materials are contained within the online IRA Institute learning management system.
  • If a student would like to purchase any reference materials, additional manuals (listed below) are available at a 10% discount.

IRA Institute

  • Required reading and study materials will be available for use at the IRA Institute.
  • If a student would like to purchase any reference materials, additional manuals (listed below) are available at a 10% discount.

IRA Certification Exam Prep

  • 30-day unlimited access to our IRA eLearning courses
  • Access our Exam Prep Module with real life scenarios to test your knowledge
  • Test your knowledge with our practice exam and help eliminate test anxiety

Register for the IRA Certification Exam Prep

Reference Materials Available For Purchase

eResource Center

Ascensus offers a comprehensive online library of technical reference manuals and government source documents. Updated regularly, the eResource Center provides retirement and savings plan professionals easy access to current rules, compliance regulations, reporting requirements, and the latest industry information.

Additional Manuals

Note: IRA Institute attendees are not required to buy study materials.