The Spark Institute

SPARK Professional Designations

The SPARK Institute recognizes individual proficiency in the retirement savings plan industry with two professional designations, which are backed by our academic partner, Bryant University.

The SPARK Accredited Retirement Plan Consultant Designation The SPARK Accredited Retirement Plan Consultant (ARPC) designation is awarded to sales and marketing professionals who have met the eligibility requirements and successfully completed an examination.

The SPARK Accredited Retirement Plan Specialist Designation The SPARK Accredited Retirement Plan Specialist (ARPS) designation is earned by administrative and recordkeeping professionals who have demonstrated their proficiency in plan operations completing the required coursework and exams.

Benefits of Certification

A SPARK designation:

  • Verifies knowledge
  • Demonstrates professionalism
  • Enhances credibility
  • Demonstrates proficiency

Learn more about the SPARK ARPC and ARPS designation programs.

In addition to the knowledge and skills gained through SPARK's professional designation programs, earning a SPARK designation also provides:

  • The right to publish the designation on business cards, stationery and other professional documents,
  • Verification of the designation on the SPARK websites,
  • Electronic semi-annual updates to the program materials,
  • A copy of the quarterly SPARK Journal.

The SPARK ARPC ARPS Certification Committee

Overseeing the designation programs, this committee is responsible for the development, evaluation and administration of all program policies, procedures and activities. Bryant University holds a seat on the committee, providing additional support and oversight to the programs.