“We’re seeing that businesses want to invest in education for staff, so they remain competitive and so they can continue to deliver as much expertise as possible to clients. These private, group sessions are an ideal format for this Social Security training to occur,” said Jim Blair.
August 23, 2021
Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) Certificate program, is now offering private, group training sessions to advisors across the nation.
The interactive, customizable group sessions are designed to fit the exact needs of the organization or the department receiving the training.
“Advisors are in a very competitive environment today, and as a result, they are looking for up-to-date, relevant Social Security knowledge,” said Premier partner Jim Blair, a 35-year veteran of the Social Security Administration who co-founded Premier twelve years ago. “Now more than ever, we’re seeing that businesses want to invest in education for staff, so they remain competitive and so they can continue to deliver as much expertise as possible to clients. These private, group sessions are an ideal format for this Social Security training to occur.”
Premier’s NSSA program is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program. Accreditation is provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C. The NSSA Advisor certificate is awarded to advisors who take the NSSA course and pass an assessment. To date, more than 2,500 advisors have received the National Social Security Advisor certificate since the program began in 2013.
According to Premier Partner Marc Kiner, the private webinars have been well received because they are flexible and convenient. “The format is more convenient, and the timing can be flexible, based on how the organization wants to set up the on-site sessions or the webinars,” Kiner explained. Kiner is a 41-year certified public accountant who sold his CPA firm to concentrate on Social Security education.
Bill Van Meter, president of American Retirement Counselors, said that convenience and flexibility were two key benefits of the private, group sessions. “Once we made the decision to invest in our staff with this education, we knew we wanted to do it as soon as possible, and as quickly as we possibly could. This format allowed us to do that,” he said.
Van Meter explained his firm completed two-half day sessions over a two-day period, a format that fit their schedule. Van Meter said that by having everyone go through the training together, the entire team has a common understanding of key Social Security topics. “This format allows for greater participation, overall. It’s our team in the room, so everyone is comfortable in the workshop setting. Our staff could ask questions and everyone could hear those answers, too,” he said.
According to Van Meter, more than 50 percent of those who participated in the private NSSA program have already—less than two months from the time of their group training—had clients ask them questions specific to the course material. “That alone underscores how valuable the NSSA program and resulting certification was for us,” he said.
In addition to the private, group sessions, Premier is also offering live, public webinars and on-demand videos as a part of our NSSA certificate program. “We continue to hear how financial advisors, insurance agents, CPAs, tax preparers and human resource professionals want more flexibility and more interactive, digital content, and we’re providing multiple ways for them to get access to our resources,” said Kiner. All of the educational content Premier offers is designed to help advisors increase their value to clients, resulting in greater sales and profits for their businesses.
To learn more about the National Social Security Advisor certificate program for your organization, visit http://www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation.com or http://www.premiernssa.com or call Kiner at (513) 218-8505.
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