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Retirement Provision Certificate

The RPC is a qualification that is ideal for employees new to pensions, support staff and those professionals working in related fields. It provides a broad introduction to pensions and other related benefits in the UK.

It has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of people, not just pension professionals:

  • those who are starting out on a career in pensions or a related area
  • those whose work involves one particular aspect of retirement provision, such as investment, legal or accounting
  • those whose job requires a broad knowledge of the principles underpinning retirement provision, such as personnel/human resources specialists, accountants, auditors, lawyers, investment managers, secretaries/support staff, financial advisers, trade union negotiators, heads of small businesses, pensions/financial journalists and others who need to know the basics of retirement provision

Click here to download a copy of the RPC leaflet.

How is RPC assessed?

The syllabus is assessed by a two hour examination. The examination is in the form of 120 multiple choice questions designed to test retirement provision knowledge across the syllabus.

When and where are examinations held?

There are two public examination sittings per year in April and October. We have a number of centres around the United Kingdom and overseas where examinations are held.  You select the most appropriate location when you enter for the examination.  You can see the full list on the exams page.

It is possible for an organisation to apply for and hold private sittings of the examination at other times during the year - for further details click here.

What areas does the qualification and examination cover?

Full details of the RPC syllabus content can be downloaded here.

There are some sample questions you can look at and try.

What courses and/or study material is there?

A comprehensive online learning system has been produced. It is designed for self study and it is recommended that 60-70 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 need to be purchased.

We run revision courses roughly one month prior to the April and October examination sittings - they are held in central London and last 1/2 a day. The fee for half day Revision Course is £105.

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

What is the cost?


Examination entry is £150

Cost per online learning study material access key = £180  (this also allows Student Membership of the PMI which is compulsory)

TOTAL = £330


The cost of this will vary according to the time of the year the resit is taken and this relates to the study material updates which takes place each September for the next year's series of examinations. For example:

RPC resit in 2014 would would cost the examation entry fee (£150) PLUS the study material update 2014 edition (£85) making a TOTAL of £235 - this is because the 2014 examination sittings would use the updated study material to the one produced in September 2013.

Please note in all cases there is a £30 supplement for overseas examination centres.

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.

Advanced Diploma Syllabus Structure from April 2016 Examinations

The current 100, 200 and 300 level syllabus will last be examined in October 2015.   The Advanced Diploma will be changing for examinations beginning in April 2016.  These changes will also impact Diploma level qualifications within the Advanced Diploma structure.

Revised study material will be available from September 2015. Full details can be found in the Advanced Diploma Consultation Response Document.  Further information will be made available on this website in due course.

Want to contribute to PMI qualifications?

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

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.  Please click on the attached links for details of all of our committments to you.

Customer Service Statement

Equal Opportunities Statement

Further information

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


  1. Qualifications Brochure 2014

    Qualifications Brochure 2014

  2. Advanced Diploma Consultation Response 2015

    Advanced Diploma Consultation Response 2015. Including full details of the Advanced Diploma for examination from April 2016.