Premier Social Security Consulting, LLC in Sharonville is building an army of advisors nationwide to educate Baby Boomers on the most optimal time to access Social Security benefits.
More than 150 certified public accountants, insurance agents, financial advisors, enrolled agents and other professional advisors from California to New Jersey, Michigan to Florida have become NSSA advisors.
The next Social Security training sessions to be held in Cincinnati will be Nov. 11, Dec. 4 and Dec. 20.
Counseling baby boomers on optimizing Social Security benefits has become a hot topic. There are 72 million Baby Boomers nationwide, and about 10,000 Boomers turn 65 each day.
More than 90 percent of all Social Security recipients do not maximize their benefits because they are unaware of their options, said Marc Kiner, CPA and partner at Premier Social Security Consulting.
“The majority of professional advisors also know very little about Social Security,” said Kiner. “Future Social Security recipients should discuss their options with a National Social Security Advisor. NSSA advisors have received specialized training in the Social Security program and can help folks to "Make a Plan."
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“I use my NSSA designation extensively in marketing my skills as a Social Security consultant,” said Jim Guiffre, owner of OnPoint Strategies of Greenswood, Colo. Guiffre took NSSA training and is a certified NSSA advisor. He has since become a National Social Security Association, LLC board member. “Having the NSSA designation elevates my credentials to potential clients who are looking for help understanding the rules of Social Security and are trying to develop their own personal strategy.”
Cost of the $795 NSSA course and certification includes a year of continuing support through monthly webinars, assistance with questions and access to PowerPoint presentations with Premier Social Security Consulting.
The program is the only one of its kind in the nation.
Kiner and Jim Blair, a 35-year veteran of the Social Security Administration, created the National Social Security Advisor certification program in January, 2013.
"The purpose of the National Social Security Advisor program is to educate advisors about Social Security, thereby increasing their value to clients" said Kiner. "Additionally, NSSA advisors are proactive and do not shy away when clients ask questions regarding Social Security.
"The NSSA certification has provided me with more insight and I can now provide a higher level of service to my clients,” said Denise Wiggins, CPA, of W.S. Beebe and Associates, PC in Little River, New Jersey. “I was unfortunately widowed at an early age and I want to educate and advise other widows and women with divorce issues."
The National Underwriter Company prepares and administers the NSSA exam. Certification is provided by the National Social Security Association, LLC.
Premier Social Security Consulting is looking for professional advisors interested in promoting the course in their hometowns, said Kiner. Promoters receive 50 percent of attendance receipts.
For information on becoming an NSSA promoter, contact Kiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-351-5707. Educators are also being sought nationwide to teach the class.
The National Social Security Association, LLC oversees the National Social Security Advisor program.
For more information about the National Social Security Advisor certification program, go to www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation.com or www.premiernssa.com.