Register for ​IRA University ​and Become IRA Certified This Year! 

IRA University is a six-week course that provides attendees with a solid foundation of IRA knowledge through a combination of interactive weekly webinars and eLearning modules. IRA University graduates emerge with confidence in their ability to handle common IRA transactions.

After the "Getting Started" kickoff webinar, each week consists of a self-paced eLearning module (45 minutes - 1 hour) followed by a 90-minute interactive webinar (Wednesdays, 1:00 pm CT) to help participants apply their knowledge from the eLearning module. After completing IRA University, attendees have the opportunity to earn their Certified IRA Specialist I (CIS I) designation for no additional cost. 

Attaining the CIS I designation will help fulfill your career and give your financial organization's IRA owners the peace of mind that comes from working with a professional IRA representative. 
Registration Fee
Your investment for the full six-week IRA University is
First Attendee$1,199
Each Additional Attendee$1,099
Your registration fee includes the CIS I exam—an added value of $275.    

IRA University and ​Ascend Registration (Fast Track*)


*Fast Track allows you to become certified as a CIS II within one year by combining our IRA University online program with attendance at Ascend.  The price includes both the CIS I and CIS II exams. See below for additional information.

Session Dates

Session 1: March 8 - April 12, 2017  

Session 2: May 3 - June 7, 2017

Session 3: June 28 - August 2, 2017

Session 4: October 4 - November 8, 2017


Who Should Attend IRA University?

You should attend this course if you

  • are new to IRAs,
  • need a refresher, or
  • want to earn the CIS I designation

Looking to fast track your career? Earn both the CIS I and CIS II designations in less than 12 months.

Step 1 – Register for 2017 IRA University and the Certified IRA Specialist I (CIS I) exam.

Step 2 – Register for Ascend and the CIS II exam. Using a special coupon code, save $274 on your Ascend registration (coupon code provided in your IRA University registration confirmation email)

Step 3 – Participate in the 2017 IRA University six-week blended course and pass the exam to receive your CIS I certification.

Step 4 – Attend Ascend and pass the exam to earn your CIS II certification.


  • Staff wanting to become a CIS II
  • Staff new to IRAs
  • Staff needing a refresher on IRAs
  • Staff at financial organizations just beginning to offer IRAs
  • Front-line staff who provide back-up support to your IRA specialist

Continuing Education Credits
IRA University is worth 15 continuing education credits for individuals currently holding the CIS  I certification.

Visit the Designations & Education Credits tab for more information.


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