RPA 1 Study Guide (CDRPA1G21) New Edition November 2021
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Managing Retirement Plans Part 1
This course is required to earn the following designations RPA, CEBS
RPA 1 Course Description The Canadian retirement system is built on three pillars:government-administered plans, employer-sponsored retirement and savings plans, and personal retirement savings plans.The business case for workplace retirement and savings plans is strong – they enhance talent attraction, reduce levels of financial stress among employees, help foster saving behaviour and investment discipline and provide a mechanism for investment risk pooling that helps manage investment fees and costs. All these things ultimately improve the value of dollars employers invest in compensation.
Retirement and savings plans can be designed, funded and administered by plan sponsors in any number of ways to meet their specific objectives for a retirement plan and their employees’ financial goals. The overall plan management function (e.g., who makes key decisions, legislative requirements that apply to decision making, who is accountable for results) varies depending on the type of vehicle used to provide pensions—registered or nonregistered, defined benefit or defined contribution, or hybrid, but a number of common concepts, principles, and processes exist.
RPA 1 examines what is entailed in decision making around retirement plan management and factors such as tax and pension standards legislation that impact design, funding, and administration options available to plan sponsors as well as plan governance requirements. Text based reading is supported with regulatory guidance and industry-based practice guidelines for employer sponsored retirement plans of all types, whether pension or non-pension.
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