Certified Retirement Plan Fiduciary™ Designation 

The Certified Retirement Plan Fiduciary™ program provides consistent, regimented, and non-biased training to ensure public retirement system fiduciaries have the knowledge necessary to confidently address the challenges they face. By participating in the program, fiduciaries gain an understanding of a wide range of topics related to the public retirement system industry. 

The CRPF™ curriculum is only offered at the annual GAPPT Trustee School and is comprised Basic and Advanced Courses. To enroll in the Advanced Course, a participant must have successfully completed and passed (70% or greater) the Basic Course examination in the last two (2) years. Upon the successful completion of their Advanced Course exam, a participant is designated as a Certified Retirement Plan Fiduciary™. CRPF™ certification runs from April 1st to March 31st, and designees must complete eight (8) GAPPT Continuing Education Credits (CECs) annually to maintain their certification. CECs are obtained by attending the Continuing Education Course at the Trustee School, sessions at the Annual Conference, or through GAPPT online education.


2021-2022 CRPF™ Recertification - Frequently Asked Questions

The below information is for active CRPF™ designations with an expiration date of March 31, 2021. If your CRPF™ has lapsed or expired, please contact the Association for additional information.


When did 2021-2022 CRPF™ recertification begin? The 2021-2022 CRPF™ recertification period runs between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. 

Who needs to renew their CRPF™? All designees who earned the certification in March 2019 or before.

What are the requirements? Active designees, (CRPF™ expiration date of March 31, 2021), must earn at least eight (8) GAPPT Continuing Education Credits (CECs). A $30.00 certification fee is also required. 

How are certification fees paid? CRPF™ fees are automatically added to 2021 membership renewal invoices.

I recently earned my CRPF™ at the 2020 Trustee School. What do I need to do? New designees must pay their 2021 certification fee, but their CEC requirement is waived.

What GAPPT educational events count toward 2021 recertification? CECs earned at the Seventh Annual Trustee School - Virtual Edition (September 21, 2020) are accepted.

Can I earn my CECs through the online platform? Absolutely! Online CECs earned between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 can apply. Learn more about GAPPT online education HERE.

Do I need to complete a CEC Submission Form?  Designees do not need to complete a submission form for CECs earned at the 2020 Trustee School or through our online education platform.

Are other organizations' hours or vendors' "educational" sessions accepted? No. Only credits obtained at a GAPPT event or through our online education platform may be used for recertification purposes. 

I earned my required CECs and my certification fee was paid. Now what? Your CRPF™ expiration date will become March 31, 2022. 

What if I miss the March 31, 2021 deadline? Your CRPF™ designation will lapse. Lapsed participants have the opportunity to renew their CRPF™ designation until December 31, 2021, but will need to obtain a total of twelve (12) CECs. An additional fee is also assessed.

As a lapsed designee, what if I miss the December 31, 2021 deadline? Your CRPF™ designation will expire. Participants with expired CRPF™ designations must retake the GAPPT Advanced Course to regain their certification. The Advanced Course is only administered at the Annual GAPPT Trustee School.

How do I check the expiration date of my CRPF™ certification and confirm I have submitted the necessary requirements? CRPF™ status and a listing of submitted requirements are visible on a member's profile page. Learn more about how to navigate the website HERE.

How do I view a transcript of my attended sessions and earned CECs? Learn more about website's Continuing Education feature and transcripts HERE.

When does the 2022 recertification process begin? The 2022 recertification process will begin April 1, 2021. CECs earned at the Twelfth Annual Conference (September 2021) and Thirteenth Annual Conference (March 2022) will be accepted.


For questions and additional information, please contact Merry Cella at [email protected] or Sue Reynolds at [email protected].