What is a RICP®? A RETIREMENT INCOME CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL®, or RICP®, designation from The American College indicates that the holder has completed course of study that consists of three college-level courses focusing on retirement income planning. Additionally, individuals must pass three course-specific end-of-course examinations, agree to adhere to a Code of Ethics, are subject to a disciplinary process, and must complete 15 hours of continuing education every two years.