CE Information for Sponsors

Nationally-recognized organizations that offer training and education programs to the public in the normal course of business fall within the definition of an acceptable sponsor for the purposes of issuing CE credits to ASPPA members.  There is no pre-approval process for non-ASPPA-sponsored activities. However, the attendee (ASPPA member) and the sponsor of the activity must comply with the guidelines and requirements including attendance verification.

CE credits are awarded based on the number of hours of training time devoted to acceptable subject matter topics (one CE credit for each 50-minute period provided a minimum of 50 minutes is attained). A maximum of 25 CE credits may be claimed for any CE activity program completed. There are exceptions to this rule for examinations and other professional activities. Consult those individual guidelines for more details about the limitations.

CE Acceptable Subject Matter Topics

All continuing education topics that promote an ASPPA member’s professional development in the retirement field qualify for ASPPA CE (including non-technical topics such as social networking, marketing and advanced IT training). Broad categories include topics such as:

  • Qualified Plans
  • Nonqualified Plans
  • Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plans
  • IRAs
  • Actuarial Issues
  • Investments and Insurance
  • Participant Issues
  • Business Management, Operations and Development
  • Personal Development
  • Technology

Qualified In-house Training Programs

Qualified in-house training programs (i.e., multiple employees and representatives of the same company participating in one or more training sessions) qualify for CE credit. CE credits are awarded based on the number of hours of training time devoted to acceptable subject matter topics (one CE credit for each 50-minute period provided a minimum of 50 minutes is attained). A maximum of 25 CE credits may be claimed for participation in any single in-house training program completed.  The sponsor must send an outline and/or presentation slides of the program and a roster of ASPPA members that attended the training. The attendee (ASPPA member) and the sponsor of the activity must comply with the guidelines and requirements including attendance verification.

If in-house training is utilizing an ASPPA educational offering, please follow CE guidelines located in the ASPPA-sponsored Activity section.

Qualified Study Group Programs
Qualified study groups (i.e., attendees from multiple companies participating in local study groups thatinclude one ASPPA credentialed member) qualify for CE credit. CE credits are awarded based on the number of hours of study group time devoted to acceptable subject matter topics (one CE credit for each 50-minute period provided a minimum of 50 minutes is attained). A maximum of 25 CE credits may be claimed for participation.The sponsor must send an outline and/or presentation slides of the program and a roster of ASPPA members that attended the training.  The attendee (ASPPA member) and the sponsor of the activity must comply with the guidelines and requirements including attendance verification.

If the qualified study group is utilizing an ASPPA educational offering, please follow the CE guidelines located in the ASPPA-sponsored Activity section.

 

Guidelines Non-ASPPA
Events*
Qualified In-House
Training Programs
Qualified Study
Groups
1.Sponsor must verify attendance of attendee in live education delivery setting by taking role, having attendee complete sign-in/out sheet, or using attendee scan forms/badges.

Yes

Yes

Yes

2.Sponsor must verify attendance of attendee in live or recorded education delivery setting using one of the following methods:

  • Connection time tracked and verified by sponsor
  • Sponsor provides quiz after recorded activity. The quiz must be passed by attendee
    (e.g., 70 percent correct on a 5-item quiz)
  • Sponsor integrates keywords into presentation that must be successfully entered by attendee
  • Sponsor integrates electronic verification attendance that attendee attest to at conclusion.

    Note: The use of recorded material in lieu of a live speaker or instructor is an acceptable program format provided the appropriate distribution license is secured from the vendor.

Yes
Either of the four methods may be used

Yes
Either of the four methods may be used

Yes
Either of the four methods may be used

3.The subject matter covered at the program must fall within the definition of acceptable subject matter.

Yes

Yes

Yes

4.Speaker or instructor must be an ASPPA credentialed member.

No

No

No
(See#8 below)

5.The computation of CE credit is based on 50 minutes equals 1 CE credit. A maximum of 25 CE credits is allowed per activity.

Yes

Yes

Yes

6.A detailed outline of the program topic(s) must be provided to each ASPPA attendee.

Yes*

Yes

Yes

7.Written attendance verification with ASPPA CE amount (or minutes attended) must be provided to each ASPPA attendee.

Yes

Yes

Yes

8.The sponsormust verify and submitattendance roster along with outline of program and CE earned to ASPPA office atasppacpe@asppa.org.

No

Yes

Yes

9.Provided the appropriate criteria are met, the sponsor may make the statement that its activity “is designed to meet the CE requirements of the ASPPA CE program.”

Yes

Yes

Yes


*Nationally recognized organizations that offer training and education programs to the publicin the normal course ofbusiness do not need to submit an outline

Multiple Attendee Roster Form

To obtain a CE Multiple Attendee Roster, click here. Complete the roster and either click the “Submit Form” button or save the file and send to the ASPPA Customer Care department at customercare@asppa.org.  This form is provided as a convenience to sponsors and is not a requirement to obtain ASPPA CE and the sponsor may submit a roster of their own design.

CE Sponsor Attendance Verification Form

To obtain a template of the form to be given to individual members, click here.  Sponsors are free to develop their own form as long as it contains the following information:  

  • Name of Attendee
  • Title of Program/Session; 
  • Name of Sponsoring Institution/Program Provider; 
  • Dates of the Program/Session; and
  • Number of CE credits earned including ASPPA, JBEA Core, JBEA Non-core, JBEA Formal, ERPA and Ethics.
  • Signature of Registrar or Company Representative.
  • E-mail address (optional)