Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to become a member of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts and obtain the RSSA® credential?
There are two levels of membership: Associate and Registered.
Associate membership in our organization is open to all professional advisors that seek to learn more about Social Security and Medicare rules that impact their current or prospective clients. Professional advisors are primarily licensed investment advisors, insurance agents, CPAs, lawyers, estate and financial planners, Enrolled Agents and other tax professionals that already have demonstrated extensive experience advising clients on financial related issues. All members must agree to abide by our association's Code of Professional Conduct.
Associate membership is provided free to all professionals that sign up to take the 5-course self-study RSSA® program. Associate Members have one year to complete the program or they must renew their associate membership.
After passing all five self-study modules, Associate Members are entitled to sit for the RSSA® Competency Final Exam which includes a case study and use of online software. Upon passing this exam they become Registered Members and may use the RSSA® credential.
Associate and Registered Members must agree to observe the NARSSA code of ethics.
Associate and Registered Members may be expelled, suspended, or disciplined if he or she violates any of the code of ethics, state laws or federal laws in the country that the member practices. Registered Members must fulfill the annual 4 hours of continuing education as required to maintain their membership and right to use the RSSA® credential after their name and on their letterhead.
I took all of the modules and passed the exams at the end of each module but did not take or did not pass the final exam. Am I still qualified to use the RSSA® designation?
No. Associate Members may not use the RSSA® designation. Only Registered Members which are members that have passed the final exam and maintain their continuing education annual requirement are qualified to be considered a Registered Social Security Analyst®.
I live outside the United States. Can I still obtain the RSSA® certification?
Yes. Even if you live outside the United States you may sign up as an Associate Member, take the courses and upon passing the final exam will be entitled to use the RSSA® credential.
Am I a licensed Registered Social Security Analyst®?
No. You are registered and have received a certification, since you have demonstrated a level of knowledge by passing an exam. Licensing is how a government authority controls certain professions and sets minimum levels of standards. There is currently no single authority in the United States that oversees the licensing of individuals who specialize in knowledge related to Social Security and Medicare issues.
I still have questions about your organization and becoming a Registered Social Security Analyst®. What can I do?
Submit your questions on the Contact NARSSA page, and we will do our best to answer your questions.