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The road to retirement takes planning and preparation. That’s why IPERS offers members several opportunities for education ranging from individual counseling to workshops. No matter what you choose, we are here to help you understand your benefits and plan for a secure retirement.

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Individual Counseling
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IPERS offers different kinds of one-on-one retirement counseling, so you can choose the option that best suits you:

1. In-Person Counseling by Appointment
IPERS offers in-person counseling at our offices in Des Moines. Appointment times are available weekdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

2. In-Person Counseling Walk-In
IPERS offers in-person, walk-in counseling at our offices in Des Moines weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (IPERS prefers that you make an appointment for in-person counseling so you can receive services as quickly as possible.)

3. Phone Counseling
IPERS offers counseling by phone weekdays, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Call us at 800-622-3849 to schedule your appointment.

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Education Counseling
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As you prepare for retirement, you may want to attend one of these workshops to help you understand the IPERS plan. 

Creating a Secure Retirement: The 3-Part Solution
Ideal for all IPERS members within five years of retirement.

This full-day, three-part workshop brings together everything you need to know about Social Security, Medicare, IPERS and personal savings.

Ready, Set, Retire
Ideal for state agency employees within five years of retirement.

This full-day workshop provides a broad range of information about the Retirement Investors' Club (RIC), Social Security, SHIIP (Medicare), IPERS and continuing insurance benefits at retirement/SLIP. NOTE: This workshop is only available for employees of the state of Iowa who are eligible for the SLIP program.

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On-Demand Education
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We understand not everyone can attend a scheduled workshop or presentation. You can watch these resources at a time that works best for you.

Understanding Your IPERS Benefits | Preparing for Retirement

During this recorded webinar, you’ll learn more about your IPERS benefits. This workshop covers benefit calculations, purchasing service and returning to work after retirement. 

Service Purchase

At the time of your retirement, you may purchase service. “Service” is the amount of time you have worked in IPERS-covered employment. Additional service time may increase the amount of your retirement benefit. This video explains the process and answers some frequent questions we receive. 

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DAS Webinars for State Agency Employees
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Not able to attend a Ready, Set, Retire workshop? These resources from the Department of Administrative Services share much of the same information.

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