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Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Administration (TGPC-1)

NTSA Academy has designed the Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Administration (TGPA) certificate program to meet the needs of pension plan professionals. The course focuses on the administration and compliance requirements of 403(b), 457(b) and other plans maintained by tax-exempt and governmental entities. These issues include but are not limited to eligibility, vesting, contributions types and limits, nondiscrimination rules, allowable investments, contract exchanges, transfers and plan documents. Please refer to the TGPC-1 syllabus for specific learning objectives and exam topic weightings. 

Upon successful completion of the TGPC-1 exam, the TGPA certificate will be immediately issued online. Successful completion of the certificate program also counts toward the requirements for the Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant (TGPC) credential.

 TGPC-1 Certificate Package

 TGPC-1 Exam Attempt 1

 TGPC-1 Exam Attempt 2

Exam Details

  • Open-book, online, untimed
  • 75 questions, comprised of both multiple choice and true/false
  • Minimum passing score: 64 out of 75 
  • Immediate grade notification

Average Estimated Hours of Study

40-60 hours study time per exam (depends greatly on the experience level of the student).

Exam Attempts

In order to allow candidates two opportunities each year to pass the TGPC-1 exam, there are two attempts of the exam.

Candidate examination records are aggregated; therefore, an exam(s) will be disqualified if a candidate completes the same attempt of the exam in the same calendar year.

Exam Errata, Policies and Procedures

It is the candidate’s responsibility to review all exam policies and procedures, which can be found on Candidate Corner.

It is also the candidate’s responsibility to check the errata before an exam. For updates and errata for exams and publications please visit the Exam and Publication Errata. Stop by regularly as new updates are posted. 

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Fees and Deadlines

Registration Fee

  • TGPC Certificate Package: $600/ $520 member rate
  • Exam Attempt: $230.00
  • Practice Exam 1 Attempt: $60.00
  • Practice Exam 3 Attempt: $110.00
  • Practice Exam Distributable PDF: $560.00
  • Practice Exam Unlimited Users: $845.00
  • Print Manual: $315.00
  • PDF Manual: $285.00/ $260.00 member rate
  • Distributable Manual: $2,170.00 

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Registration Process

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Study Materials

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Continuing Education (CE) Credits

NTSA CE

Candidates who have successfully completed a certificate program examination will earn 7.5 CE credits. Credits will be applied to the CE cycle in which the score is issued. For more information on CE credit click here.

ERPA CE

Seven (7) ERPA credits for successful completion of the TGPC-1 exam may be awarded.

The final decision as to the number of ERPA credits rests solely with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Grandfathering Rules

Master Certified Retirement Specialist (MCRS)

Those with the Certified Retirement Specialist (CRS) designation will be given credit for the TGPC-1 exam for purposes of obtaining the TGPC credential, but will need to take the TGPC-2 exam. Upon successful completion of the TGPC-2 exam, a CRS will need to complete the credentialed membership application and apply for the TGPC credential.

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