About Us

Helping Professional Advisors Expand Their Practice

The knowledge obtained through NSSA® Certificate Program, in conjunction with adherence to the NSSA® standards of excellence, continuing education, and access to ongoing support, enables those who earn the Certificate to perpetually stay at the top of their game for Social Security consulting.

The National Social Security Association, LLC oversees all facets of the National Social Security Advisors Certificate Program including:

  • Educational content development delivery and maintenance
  • Instructor selection and training
  • Program requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Promotion of the NSSA brand® brand
  • The National Social Security Association, LLC is a for-profit firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Mission

The NSSA® Certificate Program is a nationally recognized standard of competent and ethical Social Security planning, education and training.

Professional advisors who earn the NSSA® Certificate benefit society by helping individuals and couples improve their financial security during retirement years through maximization of Social Security benefits.

Board of Directors

The National Social Security Association’s Board of Directors consists of very enthusiastic and hard-working committed practitioners. The board members include founders Marc Kiner and Jim Blair, along with NSSA Certificate holder Brian Schmidt, CPA.

The board provides strategic direction regarding the content and standards of the National Social Security Association’s Advisor Certificate Program.

Marc Kiner


Marc Kiner has 35 years experience in public accounting. His primary areas of service were to privately held businesses and individuals. Recognizing a need in the marketplace for enhanced advisor knowledge for Social Security filings, Marc sold his practice in 2012 to concentrate on Social Security. Marc is co-founder of the National Social Security Advisors certificate program.

Jim Blair


Jim Blair is the lead consultant in our Social Security consulting department, with over 35 years experience in helping individuals manage their Social Security benefits. Jim retired after 35 years with the Social Security Administration and is co-founder of the National Social Security Advisors certificate program.

Brian Schmidt


Brian Schmidt has 22 years of public and private accounting. Primary areas of service are to individuals and business and includes complex tax planning along with mergers and acquisitions. Brian purchased his CPA practice in 2012 and belongs to the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs and Knights of Columbus. Brian completed the NSSA Certificate Program and maintains the Certificate.


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