Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA)



Credential Overview

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 recordkeeping, non-discrimination testing and the administrative aspects of 401(k) and related defined contribution plans.

Education Requirements

Earning ASPPA's QKA credential requires successful completion of the following exams:

Experience Requirements
A minimum of two years experience in retirement plan related matters is required along with completion of ASPPA’s QKA examination series to be a candidate for this credential.

QKA Summary

      Average Cost to Obtain:
Member  $1,613
Non-Member  $1,731
Experience: 2 years
Avg Time to Obtain: 18 months
Hours of Study Time: 80-200 hours

Apply for Credential

Applying for ASPPA credentialed membership requires submission of the appropriate form and two letters of recommendation from two references that verify a minimum of two years experience in retirement plan related matters.

For more information about ASPPA membership please click here.

Credential Continuing Education Requirements

All credentialed members must acquire 40 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits (2 of these must be Ethics) in a two-year cycle as well as renew ASPPA Membership annually to retain credentials. For more information please click here.