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RPA 2 - Directing Retirement Plans Part 2

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This course provides strategic insights into today’s most pressing challenges that accompany the sponsoring of defined contribution plans in a volatile, global world. From the outset, the course seeks to impart the fundamentals of investment management that should be mastered to effectively design, administer, and monitor an array of investment choices within a retirement plan. Benefits professionals will find the information on investment principles compelling both from an institutional perspective in their role overseeing plans and on a personal level as empowering, assuming their plan allows participant investment direction. In addition to its coverage of investment topics, the course also reviews research findings from behavioral finance and how these findings can be relevant in plan design and administration. Plan governance and how wealth can be enhanced through prudent retirement plan distribution planning are also topics covered by the course.

Course Details

RPA 2 - Directing Retirement Plans Part 2

Your purchase includes on-demand access to the digital study guide and practice exam.

Course Level
Average Completion Time
14-15 Weeks
  • Retirement Plan Investing
  • Balancing Risk and Return
  • Investment Managers and Plan Intermediaries
  • Active and Passive Investment Strategies
  • Insights From Behavioral Finance
  • Target-Date and Life Cycle Funds
  • Hybrid Retirement Plan Approaches
  • Portfolio Management Issues
  • Plan Sponsor Administrative Responsibilities
  • Participant Services
  • Fiduciary Oversight and Plan Governance
  • Distribution Planning and Wealth Management

Required Course Materials

To successfully complete the course, you must purchase and pass the exam. Other optional but recommended purchases include the textbook, printed study guide and online study group with instructor support. To place your order, please visit the International Foundation of Employee Plans website at

When ready, purchase your course exam from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans at