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 Certified PA Public Retirement Plan Professional


An educational certification opportunity for public pension trustees,
pension administrators and staff, and industry professionals



PAPERS is the only Commonwealth-wide organization dedicated solely to the education of governmental retirement plan trustees, plan administrators and plan service providers.  Pennsylvania law requires public entities who have a retirement plan to establish a board of trustees to oversee the plan and instructs the chief administrative officer to file actuarial valuation and experience investigation reports to the appropriate Commonwealth authority.  As an elected official, you have a fiduciary responsibility to these plans that cannot be delegated.  You can outsource many of your duties associated with the plan,  but you cannot outsource your responsibility. Learning what your actual fiduciary responsibility entails is your first step in understanding the seriousness of your role.


Ignorance is NOT defensible in a court of law, neither is turning a blind eye


PAPERS certification program is the single best way to immediately understand the breadth and depth of how a governmental retirement plan should be operated.  The program will introduce the critical foundational concepts you need and is open to all public and private sector professionals providing services to public retirement plans in Pennsylvania. This may include plan trustees, internal plan administrative staff, plan sponsor management, plan service providers, auditors and financial advisors. 



Certified PA Public Retirement Plan Professional

Program Goals & Objectives

To provide an educational setting that is conducive to developing well informed public pension trustees, pension administrators and staff, as well as industry professionals who work closely with pension systems

  • To provide an educational setting that enables participants to be actively and meaningfully involved in the management of the pension plans they represent
  • To provide an educational setting to prepare participants to meet the standards their fiduciary role demands upon acceptance of their position with a pension system
  • To develop a standard of education and industry competency so that each individual working with a retirement system in their capacity protects the retirement security of the Pennsylvania public pension plan beneficiaries



New Certification Program Announced - 2023

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