Diploma in Employee Benefits and Retirement Savings

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This course is part of the following PMI Pathways...

This qualification aims to provide holders with a comprehensive background to employee benefits and savings in the UK. It demonstrates that the holder has an in depth understanding of issues surrounding retirement provision. This will equip them for work in pensions and allied areas and can lead to further study in these areas or toward completion of the Advanced Diploma.

Please note that the ADRP qualification will cease to exist in it's current format from April 2028 meaning all existing or new learners would only have five years to complete this qualification from 2023. 

We encourage learners to consider the Retirement Provision Pathway ,which is very similar to the units that encompass the ADRP qualification. The level of the qualification and member benefits remains the same as the ADRP qualification . Learners can achieve the APMI membership upon successful completion of this pathway.

Who is this course for?


Those working at the margins of pensions who need to understand pensions in the wider savings and employee benefits context.

Assessment method


As of Spring 2023, all units that come under this qualification will be assessed via short answer questions only. The multiple choice questions (MCQ) have been removed and will no longer form part of the question paper. Please refer to the ADRP specification under 'useful resources' for further information regarding how the exams will be assessed.

Study time


The qualification consists of 3 units.

Core unit 1 a , core unit 2 and Reward and Retirement Provision (RRP).

We only offer the Reward and Retirement Provision exam in April of each year. 



Core Unit Exam Entry (per unit) £560

Core Unit Examination Re-Sit Fee (per unit) £300

Specialist Unit Examination Re-Sit Fee (per unit) £300

Revision Course (webinar) £75

For re-sit exam booking , please send an email to PMI qualification inbox as all re-sit exam bookings are managed internally.

Please note: To sit this qualification you must be at least a Student member of the PMI, currently £178 (£75 from 1 April 2024 – 31 August 2024) . The student membership year runs from the 1 September to 31 August. You do not have to apply for a PMI membership separately as the applicable price would be added to you cart while registering for the exam.

We encourage learners to apply for a 'Package Deal' ( exam entry + revision session ) which gives an overall discount of £20 . Please apply here .


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Any questions?


pmiqualifications@pensions-pmi.org.uk or 020 7392 7417

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Applications are now open. Applications close 26 July, 4pm.

Next online exam dates: 8-11th October 2024

We encourage learners to apply for a 'Package Deal' ( exam entry + revision session ) which gives an overall discount of £20 . Please apply here .

Learners can book onto the revision session only via this link

In order to sit this exam, you must ensure you adhere to the following:

  • Ensure you have access to a working webcam as you will be remotely invigilated
  • Ensure you have appropriate IT permission to download the Testreach exam app TestReach
  • Ensure you have read our policy here before making any bookings
  • Ensure you have read the Testreach documentation under 'useful resources'
  • Ensure you are using the learning material here when revising for your exam
  • Ensure you have a look at the study skills website here, for valuable study tips