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CRFA received NCCA accreditation in January 2013.  Recently, NCCA reaccredited the Society of Certified Retirement Financial Advisors examination program, Certified Retirement Financial Advisor (CRFA), for a five year period expiring January 31, 2018.   There are five NCCA accredited entities listed on the FINRA designation list.  CRFA is one of the five designations.

CRFA was founded in 2003 and recognized as a 501 (C) 6 not-for-profit entity by the IRS in 2008. CRFA is a professional certification organization acting in the public interest by establishing and enforcing education, examination, experience and ethics requirements for certification.    

The Society of CRFA received NCCA accreditation of its CRFA program by submitting an application demonstrating the program's compliance with the NCCA's Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.   NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).   Since 1977, NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry. 

For a brief history of CRFA and The Society, click here

If YOU want to become a CRFA and a member of The Society, click on the CRFA Certification tab.


 What is a Certified Retirement Financial Advisor (CRFA)? 

A CRFA is an elite accredited advisor who has successfully passed a comprehensive competency exam covering retirement issues.  CRFA are more concerned about objective recommendations regarding their client's financial goals than selling a product.  

CRFA are interested in their client's community because they are part of that community.  CRFA are team players who work with other professionals to provide comprehensive financial services for their clients.  A CRFA does not sell a financial service to the client and then just walk away.

If YOU are an investor and want to have an elite CRFA assist you with your retirement goals, click our Search functions using either your ZIP code or a CRFA's name.

Click on this link to discover some of the retirement issues included in the competency test our advisors must successfully pass.


Teleconference classes are scheduled as needed by The Retirement Academy for prospective CRFA members.  
Further instructions are located in the link entitled SCRFA Retirement Academy. Please download the flyer to purchase the training program listed here.
The CRFA Candidate Application can be found in the link entitled CRFA Certification.

We are seeking practice enhancement webinars as well as educational webinars.  If you would like to make a presentation to our membership, please send your information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Regardless of any other designations or licenses that your advisor may hold, working with a CRFA gives consumers the ability to work with an ethical financial professional with the knowledge to advise clients on how to set goals that preserve and manage their financial assets during the golden years.  

For more information, click on the About Us tab.


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