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Design and Accounting Exam

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Design and Accounting is a five-hour written-answer exam that is offered in the spring and fall of each year. Both a U.S. and Canadian version of the exam will be administered, each of which has its own reading list. It is a requirement of the Retirement Benefits Track.

Learn more about changes coming to this track.

Canadian version of this exam is recognized by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Recommended order for FSA track requirements

Timing of Syllabus Publication


Syllabus and Study Materials

Important Dates and Fees

  • Design and Accounting Exam
    (U.S. and Canada)

    Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020   
    Time: 8:30-11:45 a.m. and
    1:30-3:45 p.m.

    (Includes read–through time)

  • Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020 
    (Registration closes at midnight U.S. Central Time.)

  • Fees

Exam Day Information