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Institutional Certified 401(k) Professional Training Program
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The Institutional Certified 401(k) Professional (“iC(k)P”) designation program will provide a comprehensive and rigorous education on the institutional defined contribution (DC) industry for emerging leaders of large to mega-sized plans and their service providers. The goal of this program is to provide a level of knowledge and expertise that will enable plan sponsors, consultants and advisors and service providers to make decisions that will ultimately result in better retirement outcomes for plan participants.

The inaugural iC(k)P curriculum will consist of eight live virtual courses taught by UCLA professors and industry experts on the following dates, from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET: November 13, November 20, December 4, December 11. The course also includes access to 30 hours of self-administered online study (accessible starting in November 2020).

To register for the November 2020 program, click here.

Both the live and recorded courses will be supplemented by live discussion groups facilitated by industry experts to provide deeper analysis of the course material and an opportunity to network with fellow enrollees. The 2021 programs are expected to follow a hybrid model of in-person and virtual offerings, logistics permitting.

The online curriculum consists of three progressive modules:

  • Module 1 – Basic Building Blocks
  • Module 2 – Fiduciary Duties and Structures
  • Module 3 – Advanced Topics and Applications

Some of the topics to be covered in the live and recorded training include:

  • Industry dynamics and the trend towards institutionalization
  • Governance, regulation and litigation
  • DC plan investments and structures
  • Retirement committee responsibilities and core practices
  • Measuring DC plan health
  • Plan design
  • Financial wellness
  • Behavioral decision making

The iC(k)P Designation is awarded when a candidate completes all three online modules, attends the live courses, and passes the iC(k)P Designation Examination. The iC(k)P program was created by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA), The Retirement Advisor University (TRAU), and a steering committee of DCIIA members, in collaboration with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Executive Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?
All providers and plan sponsors within the institutional retirement savings system are eligible to enroll.

What is the cost?
Rates start at $2,950 for industry professionals and $2,450 for plan sponsors, with discounts available for additional enrollees.

What if I can’t attend all four days of the virtual courses?
The live courses will be recorded and can be accessed by request.

How long do I have to complete the online courses?
Enrollees have until November 2022 to take the designation exam and can access the online learning system at any time.

How do I maintain my designation?
Designees must complete 12 hours of continuing education annually through a combination of online and in-person learning opportunities.

Does this program offer CE credit for any other programs?
Not at this time.

Thank You to Our Steering Committee Members

  • Vikrant Arya, BlackRock
  • Rob Austin, Alight Solutions
  • Rhonda Berg, Mercer
  • Ross Bremen, NEPC
  • Toni Brown, Capital Group
  • Susan Czochara, Northern Trust Asset Management
  • Dick Davies
  • Joshua Dietch, T. Rowe Price
  • Mahooya Dinda, Intel
  • Jaime Erickson
  • Mary Beth Glotzbach, Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Elizabeth Heffernan, Fidelity Investments
  • Marla Kreindler, Morgan Lewis
  • Ellen Martel, Ellwood Associates
  • Nate Miles, Wells Fargo Asset Management
  • Chip Moore, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services
  • Mikaylee O’Connor, RVK, Inc.
  • Jed Petty, Wellington Management
  • Bill Ryan, Aon
  • Megan Scipione
  • Tony Tomich, Farmers Insurance