Retirement Income Industry Association

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Sit for the RMA Exam

Candidates for the RMA® examination, Level 1, and for the Master RMA® examination, Level 2, are accepted on the basis of prior education, experience, and ethics requirements. The RMA® designation is an advanced designation focused specifically on the issues of retirement income planning and retirement management. It is assumed that candidates already have a solid understanding of basic retirement planning and investment principles.

RMA® candidates have demonstrated knowledge and experience in their practical application. We would look for at least three (3) or more years experience as a financial advisor working with clients on retirement and non-retirement portfolios, or comparable experience in the financial services industry directly involved in the retirement and investments business. Holding various FINRA registrations, e.g. series 7, 24, 63, 65, or 66, as well as other designations, e.g. CFA, CFP, will all be considered as evidence of prerequisite knowledge.

If unsure if you meet the above requirements, contact Francois Gadenne, Advisor Education Director.

Current RMA’s can update their contact information here.

RMA® candidates are required to:

  • Complete the RMA® application and certify that the information in the application is accurate, agree to the RIIA Code of Conduct and that they have not been fined or sanctioned from practicing in the financial services field by any state or federal government or regulatory authority, or by any industry self-regulatory body or by any employer.
  • The RMA® Candidate application must be approved by RIIA before a student who passed an approved course of study can take RIIA’s exams.

Use the link below to apply for RMA® Candidacy:


Use this RMA® Candidacy Application to see if you qualify for the RMA® exams before you take an Approved Course of Study. University partners with an approved course of study that offers on-line examination will require that you confirm pre-qualification before you register with them for the on-line exams.

Exam Registration with Payment

Use this RMA® Candidacy Application to register for the proctored exam administered by RIIA.