Education is our primary mission. We safeguard public retirement plans by offering a rigorous education program designed to prepare trustees to perform their duties with confidence, expertise and fiduciary responsibility. Ethics and best practices are dominant in our programs. Our Certified Public Pension Trustee designation is nationally recognized by industry professionals and continuing education is required to maintain certification.
FPPTA Trustee Schools are offered twice a year and include a Fall Trustee School as well as a Winter Trustee School. Trustee Schools run two and one-half days, and offer our Certified Public Pension Trustee program sessions, as well as continuing education sessions. Each Trustee School offers classes including lectures, continuing education workshops, panel discussions, and “break out” sessions with a focus on group discussion and participation.
The FPPTA Annual Conference draws approximately 2,000 people every year. The conference focusses on a macro-perspective of the industry and public pension landscape over two and one-half days of speakers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their families to the annual conference, to network with industry vendors and event sponsors, and to spend time learning from one another how to protect and grow municipal pension plans.
Wall Street Program
There is no better way to experience the pulse-beat of the investment industry than to visit the world’s most exciting financial district – Wall Street. This four-day field trip to NYC was first conducted in the spring of 2000, and it’s been full to capacity each year since. Participants benefit from 2 days of interactive classes using games and role-playing to focus on investments, capped by a tour of the New York Stock Exchange.
Certified Public Pension Trustee Program (CPPT)
The FPPTA launched the Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) program in 1997. The goal of the CPPT program is to prepare trustees to perform their duties with confidence and expertise, and to instill in them the value of continuing education in an ever-changing landscape. The CPPT program is an educational track designed to be completed over the course of three FPPTA trustee schools within a three-year time frame. Students are expected to complete and pass a test for each of the three program tiers: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.