Our Affiliations

As evidence of the “commitment to excel” culture at Qualified Plan Administrators, Inc., we are actively involved in various professional associations and organisations at both the company and individual employee levels.
At the company level, QPA, Inc. is an active member of the following organisations:

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries – ASPPA
www.asppa.org

ASPPA — The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries is the premier national Organizations for career retirement plan professionals. The membership is comprised of the many disciplines supporting retirement income management and benefits policy. Members are part of the diversified, technical, and highly regulated benefits industry.  ASPPA represents the most committed individuals of the profession—those who have made a career of retirement plan and pension policy work.

National Institute of Pension Administrators – NIPA
www.nipa.org

NIPA - The National Institute of Pension Administrators is a national association representing the retirement and employee benefit plan administration profession. It was founded with the idea of bringing together professional benefit administrators and other interested parties to encourage greater dialogue, cooperation, and educational opportunities.  NIPA’s goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of plan administration.

Augusta, GA Chamber of Commerce
www.augustagachamber.net

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce mission has three components including serving as the voice for businesses in matters of public policy and legislative affairs; working to promote the region as a partner in economic development and to provide membership programs and services to the Chamber members that enhance the profitability, productivity and overall success.

Columbia, SC Chamber of Commerce
www.columbiachamber.com

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce mission is to help create and promote an environment where businesses can flourish.  Through an integrated series of programs and services, the Chamber provides tangible benefits to more than 2000 members that will increase their ability to grow and prosper.

American Society of Association Executives – ASAE
www.asaecenter.org

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations.  Members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

 

QPA, Inc. employees hold various professional licenses and designations, including:

QKA – Qualified 401(k) Administrator

The Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) credential is offered for retirement plan professionals who work primarily with 401(k) plans. Applicants for the QKA credentials are from various professional disciplines. They typically assist employers and consultants with the record-keeping, non-discrimination testing and the administrative aspects of 401(k) and related defined contribution plans.

QPA – Qualified Pension Administrator

The Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) credential was created by ASPPA to recognize professionals who are qualified to perform the technical and administrative functions of qualified plan administration.  QPA's assist employers, actuaries, and consultants in performing functions such as determination of eligibility benefits, computation of benefits, plan record-keeping, trust accounting and disclosure, and compliance requirements.

CPC – Certified Pension Consultant

The Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) credential is conferred by ASPPA to benefits professionals working in plan administration, pension actuarial administration, insurance, and financial planning. CPC’s work alongside employers to formulate, implement, administer and maintain qualified retirement plans

ERPA – Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent

An “Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent” or “ERPA” is an individual who has been approved by the IRS to practice earned the priviledge of practicing before the Internal Revenue Service. before the IRS on certain retirement plan issues. An ERPA is similar to an Enrolled Agent. ERPAs are restricted as to which taxpayers they can represent and what types of tax matters they can handle. The scope of an ERPA to practice before the IRS is limited to certain delineated sections of the Internal Revenue Code relating to retirement plan matters under Title 26 of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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