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PMI Level 2 Award in Pensions Essentials

The Award in Pensions Essentials (APE) is a qualification designed to support and acknowledge the training and development of new pensions administrators or those who need an introduction to pensions, HR or Payroll.

Delivery and assessment of the qualification is carried out in-house (PMI Approved Centre) on a 'when needed' basis. The units all provide a platform for training and development of employees.

This qualification can only be taken at PMI Approved Centres

Workplace Pensions Trailblazer Apprenticeship

This qualification can be used as part of the Workplace Pensions Trailblazer Apprenticeship. Amongst the many benefits of the apprenticeship is the opportunity to access Government funding to cover the cost of the qualifications and any associated training.  Further details on the apprenticeship can be found here.

Employers/training providers wishing to use this qualification as part of the apprenticeship should use the apprenticeship specific registration/entry forms. To obtain copies please contact; khoodless@pensions-pmi.org.uk

Qualification content

The qualification is made up of  five individual units which must all be completed to achieve the qualification.  It is essentially a knowledge based qualification although there are some basic calculations of benefits in some units.


The content of the units is designed to be delivered as an in-house prepared training session which is followed through with an in-house prepared set of questions based on the learning outcomes listed at the end of the unit. This end of unit test is marked in-house with the pass mark being determined in-house.

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 commitments to you.

Customer Service Statement

Equal Opportunities Statement

Further information

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


  1. Qualification Specification Award in Pensions Essentials

    2019 Qualification Specification Award in Pensions Essentials

  2. Qualification Fees 2020

    A summary of qualification fees for 2020. updated 2/1/20