Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent–Special Enrollment Examination (ERPA-SEE)

Effective Feb. 12, 2016, the IRS will no longer be offering the ERPA Special Enrollment Examination (ERPA SEE) to be become and Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA).

The IRS has indicated that any current ERPAs will continue to hold the ERPA designation, allowing them to practice before the IRS, and that anyone who has passed both parts of the SEE can still become an ERPA if they file the Form 23-EP, "Application for Enrollment to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA)." The application for enrollment must be filled within one year of passing both parts of the test.

The final ERPA SEE testing window will being Jan, 5, 2016, and run through Feb. 12, 2016. Candidates may take each part of the test only one time during the Jan.5 -Feb. 12, 2016, testing window.  This testing window will be the last opportunity for employee benefits professionals to become an ERPA. Candidates who have passed only one part of the exam by Feb. 12, 2016, will not have any further opportunities to take the exam.

For more information on the ERPA program, click here.

An enrolled retirement plan agent (ERPA) is an individual who has been approved by the IRS to practice before the IRS on certain retirement plan issues. The rules governing ERPAs are set forth in Circular 230 of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

The American Institute of Retirement Education, LLC (AIRE) conducts the examinations for the ERPA program on behalf of the IRS.


This page contains information relating to obtaining the ERPA designation. More information about ERPA requirements is available on the IRS website

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ERPA-SEE Winter 2016 window: January 5, 2016 - February 12, 2016

2016 ERPA-SEE registration fees are $341 per examination part. 

Answers to many questions about the ERPA program can be found in the ERPA-SEE Licensure Information Bulletin. For questions not addressed in the ERPA-SEE Licensure Information Bulletin, AIRE customer service representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Direct ALL questions and requests for information to:

    Toll-free phone: 1.800.779.4390 (Outside US call +1.703.516.0491)
    Toll-free fax: 1.866.450.4678 (Outside US fax +1.703.516.4421)

Answers to questions regarding ERPA Continuing Education (CE) credit and ERPA renewals can be found in Circular 230. For additional questions please contact the Internal Revenue Service at 855-472-5540 or visit

If you are interested in receiving updates about the ERPA program, registration deadlines, educational opportunities, etc. create an account here and receive updates as they become available. Those who register for the ERPA-SEE will automatically receive these updates.