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Certificate in Pensions Automatic Enrolment (DC)

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of those who are advising or implementing the requirements of automatic enrolment. It provides an overview of employer requirements and obligations associated with automatic enrolment and an understanding of its practical effective implementation.

How will it benefit me?

  • You will obtain a nationally recognised qualification
  • You will gain access to high quality study material and tutorial support
  • You will receive a certificate upon completion
  • Those who pass the qualification can join the PMI Automatic Enrolment Accredited CPD Programme.

What areas does the qualification and examination cover?

The qualification comprises a single compulsory module. Full details of the syllabus content can be downloaded here.

How is it assessed?

The qualification is assessed by a one hour examination in the form of 60 question multiple choice exam paper designed to test knowledge right across the syllabus.

When and where are examinations held?

There are two examination sittings per year in March and September. 

We have a number of UK centres where examinations are held. You can select the most appropriate location when you enter for the examination. The full list can be found here. Alternatively if your organisation has been approved to hold this examination you can select the option to sit your exams in-house.

The application form for the upcoming examination can be downloaded here.

What courses and/or study material are there?

A comprehensive online learning system (including case study senarios) has been produced. It is designed for self study and it is recommended that 35-40 hours should be spent on study before sitting the examination. The online learning system is accessible from any computer that gives access to the internet. An individual access key will be issued when an individual registers for this qualification/examination.

The PMI, should there be sufficient demand, runs revision courses roughly one month prior to the March and September examination sittings. They are held in central London and are 1/2 day duration. The fee for the Revision Course is £150.

Should a London based revision session not be appropriate for you we may be able to offer bespoke sesions which we can discuss individually with you.

Further information on any of the above is detailed on the study page.

What is the cost?

It is a compulsory requirement to be a member of the PMI to sit the examination and the fee structure reflects this. (Note: the PMI membership year for CPAE candidates runs from 1 November to 31 October). 


There is an inclusive fee of £450.00 to cover the study material (including access to online tutorial support and any relevant updates), examination entry (including a certificate if successful) and Affiliate Membership of PMI for the year


For existing members of the PMI cost per examination and online learning study material access key is £375.00.


The cost of taking resits is £175.00.  

If you are no longer a member of the PMI the cost of taking a resit is £250.00 (includes Afflilate Membership).

For further details and breakdown of costs click here.

PMI Membership

On completion of this qualification individuals can apply for certificate level of membership of PMI and have the designatory initals CertPMI after their name. Click here for further details.

Customer service

The PMI is committed to providing a customer focused and professional service to all its approved assessment centres, students and candidates taking any of our qualifications. Click on the links below for details of all of our committments to you.

Customer Service Statement

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The PMI relies on the contribution of individuals working in the industry. Without the involvement of these people it would be very difficult for our qualifications to be what they are.

If you would like to get involved visit Support for the Institute's Qualification Activities

If you know what you would like to get involved with visit Register Your Interest

Further information

To discuss the qualification further contact the Qualifications Team at qualifications@pensions-pmi.org.uk or on 020 7392 7400.