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Membership Benefits

Established in 1947, PSCA is a national, nonprofit trade association of companies that sponsor defined contribution plans for their employees. PSCA represents its members' interests to federal policymakers and offers practical, cost-effective assistance with profit sharing, 401(k) and 403(b) plan design, administration, investment, compliance, and communication. PSCA's services are tailored to meet the needs of both large and small companies as well as non-profits and associations. Members range in size from Fortune 100 firms to small, entrepreneurial businesses as well as nonprofit organizations.

How does PSCA membership benefit you?

Designed to inform, educate and support, PSCA's services are tailored to meet the needs of plan sponsors in organizations of all sizes. The benefits of PSCA membership include:


PSCA holds a National Conference each year where plan sponsors and retirement industry service providers come together to share ideas about trends, best practices and the latest legislative and regulatory activity. Members receive a discount on National Conference registration.

Webinars on current topics are offered at least twice a month. Webinars are free to members.


PSCA offers numerous resources that provide you with the information you need to stay up-to-date and in-the-know. Through the PSCA membership, you can gain access to exclusive resources, including:

  • Weekly ICYMI (in case you missed it) PSCA newsletter that saves you time by curating industry news.
  • Monthly electronic newsletter, the Executive Report, providing legislative, regulatory and judicial updates.
  • Informative and insightful Defined Contribution Insights, our quarterly member publication.
  • Timely and topical webcasts, providing insider perspectives on key research findings, free for members.
  • Plan Sponsor Tool(k)it™, a resource for plan sponsors with a variety of modules on plan design, investing and communications.
Research and Benchmarking

For more than 60 years, PSCA has been producing an annual survey of profit sharing and 401(k) plan trends that has served as the cornerstone for research about the retirement industry. Our research focus continues to expand and now also encompasses a decade’s worth of data for sponsors of 403(b) plans. More recently, we’ve added insightful standalone research reports on nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and in 2019, we launched our first-ever survey on health savings accounts (HSA) to help you maximize utilization of this rapidly growing program design. Members receive discounts on survey purchases.

Communication Best Practices

From the National 401(k) Day celebration to the annual Signature Awards, PSCA is a vast resource for plan sponsor and participant communications. Each year PSCA creates a 401(k) Day campaign for its members to use to communicate their retirement plans. The campaigns are fun, simple ways to get employees engaged. PSCA's annual Signature Awards is a competition designed to honor excellence in plan communication and education. By sponsoring the Signature Awards competition, PSCA encourages the sharing of communication ideas, and rewards excellence in defined contribution plan communication and investment education. The competition also provides plan sponsors with outside, objective recognition of the efforts of their company and their staff.

Professional Growth

Plan sponsor members can have access to PSCA's Certified Plan Sponsor Professional (CPSP) credential program. Developed by some of the nation’s leading retirement plan and education experts at the American Retirement Association (ARA), PSCA and select Education Partners, the CPSP credential attests to current and future employers that you have the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively evaluate, design, implement, and manage a comprehensive employer-sponsored retirement plan. The program is free for plan sponsor members. Learn more about the CPSP credential!


PSCA members have access to a national network of colleagues who serve a wide variety of workforces with retirement programs of all shapes and sizes — and you can join the community.

  • Connect with your peers and fellow members via our specialized volunteer committees, dial-in to one of our webcasts or join us for the PSCA National Conference, the preeminent retirement industry conference for employee benefits professionals.
  • With members representing employers of all sizes, PSCA offers a variety of forums for comprehensive dialogue about practical, real-world issues.
  • Members can join PSCA's committees to share their expertise and help provide resources for plan sponsors: Education and Communication Committee, Government Affairs Committee, HSA Committee, Investment Committee  and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee.

The PSCA Government Affairs Committee, in conjunction with the American Retirement Association’s Government Affairs team, is your voice in Washington. Through their efforts, you can have access to the most timely and practical insights about pending legislation and regulation — and a voice to influence and effect important changes. More importantly, as a long-standing credible voice representing the interests of retirement plan sponsors, PSCA membership amplifies visibility for your critical concerns on Capitol Hill, as well as in state legislatures. As the collective and well-respected voice of plan sponsors, PSCA serves as a resource to policymakers, the media and other stakeholders, as part of its commitment to improving retirement security for millions of Americans.

Member company representatives are often invited to speak at PSCA regional and national conferences, have trade articles published in PSCA’s magazine, and serve on PSCA committees.