Our Certifications and Designations

Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc. is a CEFEX Certified Registered Investment Advisory Firm

The Centre For Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) is an independent global assessment and certification organization.  The mission of CEFEX is to promote fiduciary best practices in the investment management industry.  CEFEX offers a certification to assist in determining the trustworthiness of investment fiduciaries.  The assessments are conducted according to the principles of the international standard ISO/IEC 17021: Conformity Assessment, published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which is required for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.  The ISO 17021 standard serves as a foundation for facilitating the recognition of CEFEX certification in the interest of national and international trade.  

CEFEX Videos

CEFEX Website: https://www.cefex.org/Index.shtml 

CEFEX Defined Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5vnSuby4sY 

CEFEX Advisory Firm Defined Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpENJ9oqpYE

Certificate of Registration

Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc. CEFEX Certification

The Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) credential — developed by some of the nation’s leading advisors and retirement plan experts — demonstrates your knowledge, expertise and commitment to working with retirement plans. 

Plan advisors who earn their Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) credential demonstrate the expertise required to act as a plan fiduciary or help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities.


Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation

Both Anthony Fiorenza and Derek Fiorenza of Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc. maintain the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation.

The Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation is a professional certification that demonstrates an advisor or other person serving as an investment fiduciary has met certain requirements to earn and maintain the credential.

The purpose of the AIF® Designation is to assure that those responsible for managing or advising on investor assets have a fundamental understanding of the principles of fiduciary duty, the standards of conduct for acting as a fiduciary, and a process for carrying out fiduciary responsibility.

Fi360 is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the AIF® Designation, making the designation part of an elite group of accredited designations recognized by FINRA

Reasons to Become an AIF® Designee

  • Meet your legal obligations by applying Fi360’s Prudent Practices® and investment procedures with your wealth, retirement and foundation and endowment clients
  • Reduce business risks through documentation of fiduciary best practices
  • Increase your business efficiency, effectiveness and earning potential by adopting a consistent repeatable process
  • Earn credibility and distinction in the marketplace as a fiduciary specialist
  • Join an elite professional community of over 11,000 AIF® Designees


Anthony Fiorenza and Derek Fiorenza of Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc. both maintain the Professional Plan Consultant® (PPC®) Designation.

Advisors specifically interested in building their retirement plan advisory business pursue the Professional Plan Consultant® (PPC®) Designation through our training. This course teaches advisors a framework for managing successful and compliant 401(k) plans. Those who successfully completely the training are eligible to earn their PPC® Designation and can demonstrate to clients and prospects their knowledge of ERISA requirements for employer-sponsored retirement plans and their ability to carry out plan services with a fiduciary standard of care. 

Reasons to Become a PPC® Designee

  • Mitigate risk by understanding the regulatory bodies that govern employer-sponsored plans
  • Increase practice efficiency and effectiveness by implementing a prudent process
  • Improve plan service models by identifying common shortfalls
  • Earn distinction as a retirement plan specialist


Anthony Fiorenza and Derek Fiorenza of Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc. both maintain the C(k)P® Certified 401(k) Professional Designation.

The C(k)P® Certified 401(k) Professional Designation represents the pinnacle of achievement for the professional Retirement Plan Advisor, recognizing a combination of substantial practical retirement plan management experience, and the completion of a comprehensive and highly specialized educational program. To earn the right to use the C(k)P® designation requires more than just academic aptitude. A financial professional must have demonstrated real world application of the core competencies taught in the classroom.

C(K)P® Designation Program:

The C(k)P® Certified 401(k) Professional Designation is administered by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. The C(k)P® Designation identifies individuals who have been authorized to use the C(k)P® Certified 401(k) Professional Designation certification marks in the USA by identifying financial professionals who have the knowledge and experience to favorably affect the outcome of corporate retirement plans.

C(k)P® Designation holders have:
  • Demonstrated competency and experience in the retirement field
  • Completed a rigorous and unique education course work experience
  • Agreed to adhere to a code of conduct and ethics.
The education course work includes classroom, online, and live online instructor led courses, as well as periodic assessments, an exam and a case study. The conduct and ethics codes embrace the core values of integrity, diligence, fairness, and objectivity.

The C(k)P® Standards & Certification Committee sets the standards for the Certified 401(k) Professional Designation. Designation candidates are expected to develop a high degree of knowledge and ability in the following study areas:
  • Technical Competence
  • Optimizing Plan Outcomes
  • Management and Business
  • Sales & Marketing
The prerequisite* to use the C(k)P® Designation on marketing materials consists of personally having:
  • 10 plans under management/advisory
  • $30 million of assets under management/advisory
  • 3 years of experience in the defined contribution industry