National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

The Voice for Public Pensions


As the largest trade association for public pensions, NCPERS is the industry’s premier provider of education and fiduciary training. Whether you’re a new trustee, a seasoned pension executive, or a pension professional, our extensive educational lineup of in-person and virtual programs will keep you informed on the latest issues impacting public pensions. View our calendar of upcoming events.

NCPERS is an sponsor of continuing education in several states. Our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality education to public pension professionals is a testament to our credibility and is unmatched in the industry.To discover more about our educational opportunities, click the links below or contact Cassandra Smoot at or 202-601-2447.


Major Conferences

Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE)
As the industry’s largest annual gathering, ACE offers an unparalleled educational experience for pension system professionals with extensive programming, dynamic speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Sign up to learn more.
Financial, Actuarial, Legislative & Legal (FALL) Conference
Designed for plan trustees, staff, and other public pension stakeholders, the FALL program addresses each of the four core elements that governmental plans need to navigate. Held every other year, you’ll connect with professionals from all avenues of the pension industry—and don’t miss the exhibit hall!  Sign up to learn more.
Public Safety Conference
Alternating each year with the FALL Conference, the Public Safety Conference is the premier learning and networking event for leaders of pension systems for first responders. The program topics are uniquely tailored to the needs of public safety plans, and the exhibit hall highlights offerings from service providers who focus on public safety. Sign up to learn more

NCPERS University: Fiduciary Trainings

Each of NCPERS University training programs is held immediately before our major conferences; these unique programs are designed to build upon your understanding of governance best practices.

Trustee Educational Seminar (TEDS)
New to a pension plan board? This two-day program will educate you on investing principles, actuarial science, board policies, and fundamental concepts that every trustee should know. Sign up to learn more.
NCPERS Accredited Fiduciary (NAF) Program
Earn your NCPERS Accredited Fiduciary (NAF) designation to become a nationally recognized expert in public pension governance. This two-day course (held in the spring and fall) educates public pension trustees and administrators about best practices for plan governance, oversight, and administration. Sign up to learn more.
Program for Advanced Trustee Studies (PATS)
Trustees and staff can continue to deepen their knowledge at PATS as they explore two key topics during this intensive learning program while engaging with peers from across the country. Sign up to learn more

Focused Educational Events for Industry Stakeholders

Legislative Conference & Policy Day
Looking to have your voice heard in Washington? Public fund trustees and plan administrators can take their experiences directly to Capitol Hill for Policy Day after hearing from lawmakers, their key staff, and members of the Administration about the latest regulations and policies impacting public pensions. Sign up to learn more.

Public Pension Funding Forum
This unique event features emerging funding solutions and case studies that offer a practical perspective on which pension reform initiatives have and haven’t worked. Network and hear from leading researchers about the latest pension funding developments. Sign up to learn more

Professional Summits: Educational Events for Pension Staff

Chief Officers Summit
This exclusive event draws together pension CEOs and CIOs to share their most pressing challenges and promising opportunities. Created by an advisory faculty of C-Suite pension leaders, the agenda is 100% peer-driven, providing a safe place for open discussion—with no trustees, no vendors, and no outsiders.  Sign up to learn more
Public Pension HR Summit
In the HR field? Build a valuable network of HR practitioners at public pensions across the country at NCPERS’ Public Pension HR Summit. You’ll learn best practices, discuss challenges and opportunities, and gain insights into the latest workforce developments that may impact your fund. Sign up to learn more
Pension Communications Summit
Whether you're a communications expert or it's just one of your many responsibilities, this program is designed to help you succeed. Gain valuable insights, learn strategies to tackle your fund's communications challenges, and connect with communications professionals from funds across the country. Sign up to learn more.


Virtual Learning Opportunities

Center for Online Learning
Discover our virtual platform offering year-round educational resources and webinars tailored to the needs of public sector employees and retirement system trustees. Covering topics such as investment management, legal compliance, and communication strategies, our tools enhance your knowledge and skills. We aim to empower public sector employees and trustees to make informed decisions and improve retirement security for public employees. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to boost your expertise and improve your retirement system's performance! Sign up to learn more.