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Defined Benefit Administration Certificate (DB-A)

The DB-A Certificate program is designed for entry level and intermediate administrators of defined benefit plans. The DB-A Certificate is earned by achieving a passing score of 85% on the web based final exam. Testing and exam details can be located in the course syllabus. Candidates can attempt the DB-A Exam two times in a calendar year and must complete their exam attempts within 180 days of their initial purchase. It is recommended that all candidates purchase the DB Study Guide in order to prepare for the final exam.

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DB-A Exam Attempt 1

DB-A Exam Attempt 2

DB Study Guide List Price Member Price
Required Reading for Achieving the DB-A Certificate
Single User PDF $320 $290
Print Edition $355 $323
Multi-User PDF $2,110 N/A

Additional Recomended Reading

Elegant Ethical Solutions

ERISA Outline Book


DB-A Certificate Syllabus

Paper Registration Form

Partial List of topics covered in the course resources:
  • Determining Contributions
  • Determining Accrued Benefits
  • Applicable Deadlines
  • Alternative Forms of Benefits
  • Hybrid and Floor Offset Plans
  • Present Value Calculations
  • Termination Calculations
  • Retirement Benefits Calculations
  • Introduction to Actuarial Calculations
  • ASPPA Code of Professional Conduct

It is estimated that the average candidate will need 60-120 hours of self-study time to complete the DB-A Exam. Candidates who successfully complete DB-A self-study and exam will be awarded the following credit:

  • 7.5 ASPPA CE Credtis
  • 7 ERPA Credits, program ID (CZTXU-Q-00076-12-S)

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