The new Retirement Income Industry Association says it will be offering a Retirement Income Specialist professional designation.

The RIIA, Boston, is getting the RIS program started by offering the first RIS course, Delivering Retirement Income Solutions.

Companies can pay to have instructors teach the courses or pay a licensing fee and have their own in-house instructors teach the courses, according to the RIIA.

The course includes a 3-hour interactive session, a workbook and a series of case studies, the RIIA says.