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NSSA, the nation's only accredited social security certificate program, goes online-only
Monday, June 22, 2020
Cincinnati Enquirer - 06/20/2020
Professional advisors attend an NSSA course in Cincinnati.
Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) program to professional advisors, will offer online instruction only during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Social Security offices nationwide have closed due to the pandemic, which makes the need for qualified advisors who know the Social Security program more valuable than ever," said Marc Kiner of Blue Ash, partner at Premier. "We'll resume live classes later in 2020, but for now will offer 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 of Ross recognize online learning is the right solution for them and clients who interact with the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. Live teaching will resume when social distancing measures are lifted.
"We pay attention to 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 help maximize Social Security income. 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. 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 questions and issues relating to each and every client. Prepare now for the many questions you will receive from clients about Social Security."
"Whether a person is single, married, divorced, a surviving spouse, has children, or is a public employee should help determine your Social Security strategy," said Blair. "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.
NSSA Certificate Program tuition is $685 and includes education, the certificate in all instances after passing the assessment, and Premier's 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."
Premier offers two incentives to advisors due to the coronavirus, said Kiner: 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, with 75 percent payment in six months.
For information, call (513) 218-8505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.premiernssa.com to register.
Melinda Zemper, Oak Tree Communications
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