National Social Security Advisor Certificate Program Goes Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) Social Security education certificate program, will be offered only online due to the pandemic. NSSA is the nation's only accredited Social Security certificate program for professional advisors.

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Professional advisors attend an NSSA Social Security education certification course. (Oak Tree Communications Photo)

We understand that this is a difficult time, as many advisors have experienced a reduction in revenues and profits... But this is also a great time for advisors to learn about Social Security in anticipation of the economy opening up later in 2020.

Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) program to professional advisors nationwide, will offer online instruction only during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Social Security offices nationwide have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the need for qualified advisors who know the Social Security program more valuable than ever,” said Marc Kiner, partner at Premier. “We hope to resume our live NSSA classes later in 2020, but in the meantime, we’re offering only live webinars and taped, on-demand videos. The education is the same, regardless of educational format.”

Kiner said he and Premier partner Jim Blair enjoy teaching the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) program in person because a live classroom setting is socially interactive and builds relationships. Still, they recognize that to help flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve, online learning is the right course for them and clients who may have connections to the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

“We pay attention to the details of the coronavirus situation, just as we pay attention to the details of the Social Security retirement program,” said Kiner. “Understanding Social Security is especially important for advisors in order for them to understand client issues and questions, as well as to help clients maximize Social Security income. Dedicate yourself now to learning about Social Security so you can ask clients to call you with their questions and help them with their Social Security strategies. A little work now will help advisors come out of the pandemic sprinting, not walking.”

There are 76 million baby boomers in the U.S. today, and each day 10,000 of them turn 65 years old. The Full Retirement Age (FRA) for workers to access Social Security income is between 66 and 67 years old.

“Each client is unique,” said Kiner. “Advisors must understand the questions and issues related to each and every client. Don’t wait until the economy recovers and you are super busy. Prepare now for the many questions you will receive from clients about Social Security.”

Kiner, a 35-year public accountant and entrepreneur who sold his accounting firm to form Premier, and business partner Blair, a 35-year employee of the Social Security Administration and a former SSA office manager, coined the phrase “Situational Social Security” because each worker in the U.S. has a unique Social Security situation.

“Whether a person is single, married, divorced, a surviving spouse, has children, or is a public employee should help dictate your Social Security strategy,” said Blair. “Workers born before June 1, 1954 are in a slightly different category than younger workers with an FRA of between 66 and 67 years old. Smart advisors will get ahead of the Social Security learning curve so they can help clients maximize Social Security income by becoming qualified and competent advisors.”

Ninety percent of American workers do not maximize benefits when claiming Social Security, which can mean leaving up to $200,000 on the table during retirements that can last 20 years or longer.

“That’s a big chunk of money that could provide for long-term, health care expenses for yourself or loved one as you age,” said Blair.

The NSSA curriculum covers Social Security from A to Z and emphasizes Situational Social Security. At the end of the class, advisors will understand the issues and questions related to each of their clients, said Kiner.

NSSA certification program accreditation is provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C. Tuition for the NSSA Certificate Program is $695 and includes the education, certificate in all instances after passing the assessment, and Gold Standard of Support. Support includes monthly webinars with personal counsel on Social Security questions from Kiner and Blair.

“We understand that this is a difficult time, as many advisors have experienced a reduction in revenues and profits,” said Blair. “But this is also a great time for advisors to learn about Social Security in anticipation of the economy opening up later in 2020.”

“We’re offering two incentives to advisors due to the difficult times we have encountered,” said Kiner. “We have a $50 discount by using discount code “covid19” and a payment plan (discount code: paymentplan) that allows for a payment of 25 percent at registration and 75 percent payment in six months."

For more information about the NSSA program, contact Kiner at (513) 218-8505 or by e-mail at mkiner@mypremierplan.com. Visit http://www.premiernssa.com to register.

Contact: Marc Kiner
Email: mkiner@mypremierplan.com
Phone: (513) 247-0526

About Premier Social Security Consulting:
Premier Social Security Consulting, LLC of Cincinnati educates professional advisors nationwide on the national Social Security program so they can counsel their clients on how to maximize Social Security income. Premier partners Marc Kiner and Jim Blair teach the NSSA certificate program.

About the National Social Security Advisor program:
Marc Kiner and Jim Blair are partners at Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certificate program. NSSA is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program.

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