How to Become a Registered Social Security Analyst
Step 1: Sign Up for the Program
Associate Membership is free when you sign up to take the 5-module online self-study tutorial RSSA program. Membership is open to individuals that desire to work directly with clients and other professionals to expand their professional practice and expertise in the area of Social Security advisory services.
To become a RSSA, you must demonstrate knowledge in basic and advanced Social Security concepts by passing the RSSA Competency Final Exam. In addition, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have an insurance license issued by the state in which you practice
- Are a FINRA registered securities professional or advisor
- Have registered with the IRS and obtained a valid PTIN
- Are a CPA, a CFP, an EA, a lawyer or have another professional license issued by a state agency
Professionals that wish to obtain their RSSA designation and become Registered Members must first register with NARSSA as Associate Members. Associate Members are provided access to the entire educational platform which currently includes five self-study modules. Passing the RSSA Competency Final Exam is not a requirement of membership. Professionals may sign up for access to the educational study platform for continuing education purposes, to learn about Social Security laws, and are not required to become a Registered Social Security Analyst.
Step 2: The 5-Module Self-Study Tutorial Program
Before you can take the RSSA Competency Final Exam, an Associate Member must first pass all five self-study modules which must be taken in a specific order. The modules are designed so that you can study and pass them at your own pace. It is estimated it will take you 15-25 hours to take these modules. Each module is divided into chapters. You must take the chapters in order. Each chapter will have practice questions, which you must answer.
Each module will have its own exam of 40 multiple-choice questions. To pass the module exam, you must answer at least 30 of the 40 questions correctly. Module exams are open-book and have no time limit. You cannot begin the next module until you pass the exam of the previous module.
The training curriculum meets QAS requirements and is accepted for self-study in all states for CPAs by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (15.5 CPE credits), for Enrolled Agents and PTIN holders by the Internal Revenue Service (10 CE credits), and for CFPs by the Certified Financial Planner Board (8.5 CE credits). See the CPE Credit Requirements page for sponsor information.
Step 3: The RSSA Competency Final Exam
After passing all five courses you are eligible to sit for the RSSA Competency Final Exam. The final exam is given once a month online on the second Tuesday of the month. You must register in advance to sit for this exam. Since the exam is 3 hours long and proctored by a live person, there is a proctoring fee of $1,500 that must be paid at the time of registration.
The RSSA Competency Final Exam is a two-part exam. Part I includes 80 multiple-choice questions, and Part II includes a case study whereby Associate Members are required to use financial software to generate what-if scenarios for maximizing a client's Social Security benefits. Associate Members are provided access to this software and learn to use it in Module V of the program. Grading of Part II of the final exam takes 7-10 business days. See the RSSA Competency Final Exam page for more information.When you pass the RSSA Competency Final Exam, you will have demonstrated that you have a foundation of education and understanding of issues related to Social Security and Medicare. Those who have passed the final exam may proudly display the RSSA designation after their name, and will be sent the initial RSSA Credential Certificate for framing.