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Download the full syllabus for DC-3. Anyone seeking to take this program must read the ASPPA CE Policy and the ASPPA Exam Policy.

Candidates sitting for the DC-3 exam should have the knowledge of material covered in the Retirement Plan Fundamentals Modules, DC-1 and DC-2; that is, the candidate should have a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation. In addition to testing the knowledge of the material included in the syllabus, the DC-3 examination is intended to test the candidate’s knowledge of the underlying principles and the candidate’s ability to apply those principles when solving problems encountered in practice.

DC-3 Exam

The DC-3 examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions, and candidates have 2 hours to complete it. Candidates will receive a grade immediately upon completing the exam. Exams are given at Prometric Testing Centers during the examination window.

Register here or by:

Fax: Complete the proctored exam registration form with credit card payment and fax to 703-516-9308. Allow 5-7 business days for processing. If faxing your registration please do not send a copy via mail.

Mail: Complete the proctored exam registration form and mail with payment to ASPPA, P.O. Box 34725, Alexandria, VA 22334-0725. All forms of payment are accepted: credit card, check or money order. Allow 7-10 business days for processing.

Once registered, eligibility emails will be sent to the candidate. The eligibility email has detailed instructions on scheduling an appointment with Prometric. It is the candidate’s responsibility to schedule an exam. We strongly recommend scheduling an appointment upon receipt of the confirmation letter as testing centers fill up quickly. To find a Prometric testing center visit


Notification for examinations will include a score of 9, 8 or 7 (passing grade) or 6, 5 or 3 (failing grade). A score of 3 indicates that no points were credited; rather, the candidate’s performance was below the minimum acceptable standards. The score report contains a topic listing which indicates “needs work” for any topic where the candidate scored less than 70% correct. 

Raw scores, spreads between scores, pass marks, pass percentages and copies of questions are not released. 

Required Reading

Recommended Reading

Supplementary Material

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CE Credits

Candidates receive 20 CE credits with a passing grade on the exam, and no credits for a failing grade. Credits will be applied to the CE cycle in which the score is issued. For more information on CE, click here