Recordkeepers & TPAs

Service Provider Certification Mark

This certification is an independent recognition of a Recordkeeper or Administrator’s conformity to all Practices and criteria within the ASPPA Standard of Practice. It implies that the firm can demonstrate adherence to the industry's best practices, and is positioned to serve fiduciaries such as Investment Advisors, Investment Managers and Investment Stewards (eg. Plan Sponsors). The program defines the following classifications of firms:

Recordkeeping Services
Bookkeeping for retirement plans’ trading transactions and individuals’ accounts (the major activity in recordkeeping).

Administration Services
Administrative functions including compliance testing against relevant pension and tax laws and filing of government reports such as Form 5500.

Watch the short interview: 'What it means for a Third Party Administrator to be CEFEX-certified' (2:25 m)

ASPPA Standard of Practice
The Standard of Practice was developed by a cross-industry Task Force chaired by the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). We acknowledge that Recordkeepers and Administrators are not fiduciaries themselves, however they provide services to fiduciaries and their plan participants. These Service Providers help fiduciaries meet their fiduciary obligations. The Practices form the basis for the certification program and are organized in a similar way to the Fiduciary Practices described by Fiduciary360 and CEFEX for Investment Managers, Investment Advisors and Investment Stewards.

Please click here to download the ASPPA Standard of Practice.

The ASPPA / CEFEX Certification Task Force welcomes comments and suggestions.
Please contact Carlos Panksep at 416-693-9733.

Introducing the Independent Assessment Report

With this CEFEX exclusive report, you can now easily document your Recordkeeper and TPA selection with confidence. The IAR provides a summary of CEFEX's rigorous annual assessment including the methodology, the date and the people involved.

Learn more about the Independent Assessment Report

Insurance Discount for Certified Firms
CEFEX-certified Recordkeepers and TPAs are eligible to receive discounts on professional liability insurance premiums of up to 25%. The certification acts as evidence that your firm is a lower risk for insurance carriers.

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American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries
ASPPA is a national organization of more than 7,000 retirement plan professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans covering millions of American workers. ASPPA members are retirement professionals of all disciplines including consultants, administrators, actuaries, accountants, and attorneys. The large and broad-based ASPPA membership gives it unusual insight into current practical problems with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and qualified retirement plans with a particular focus on the issues faced by small- to medium-sized employers. ASPPA membership is diverse and united by a common dedication to the private retirement plan system.