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Diploma in International Employee Benefits

The Diploma provides a programme of education, study and examinations for all those involved with the complex area of international employee benefits.

Individuals from many backgrounds will find the Diploma meets their professional needs. These individuals may work for consultancies (including actuaries, lawyers, accountants and tax specialists) or insurance companies or in the pensions or remuneration and benefits departments of commercial companies. They may have international experience already or find that their careers are beginning to move in that direction.

In developing the Diploma, the aim has been to identify those aspects of benefit provision which such people are most likely to encounter in dealing with expatriates, internationally mobile employees and local employees. On a wider scale, it is hoped that the material will be of assistance in formulating corporate policy on employee benefits world wide.


International 1 - Foundation in International Employee Benefits will be offered in both April 2019 and October 2019.

International 2 - Managing International Employee Benefits is NOT offered in October 2019.

We are pleased to be offering revision courses for both units.

The dates for lecture courses in preparation for October 2019 exams are as follows:

International 1: Foundation in International Employee Benefits

  • Day 1- Friday 28th June , 9.30 am - 4.00 p.m
  • Day 2- Friday 20th September, 9.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m

International 2: Managing International Employee Benefits 

Is not examined in October 2019.

These dates will finalised when we produce the new timetable for 2020.

*Exams dates are normally in April and September - Revision courses are normally 2 or 3 weeks before the exam itself.

 Qualification Structure

The Diploma is made up of two units:

  • International 1:  Foundation in International Employee Benefits provides an introduction to the different employee benefits in an international context and the different ways these are designed, delivered, funded, communicated and administered around the world.  The unit also introduces the respective roles of stakeholders involved in the provision of international employee benefits provision in the USA, Germany and the UK.  It also covers Japan, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland and a regional overview of Europe and North America to highlight the different practices of employee benefit provision, and the legal and regulatory influences of the European Union on employee benefit design and financing.

  • International 2: Managing International Employee Benefits builds on the material covered in International 1. It develops an understanding of the following main issues: the employee benefit objectives of a multinational company; the funding and risk management aspects of providing employee benefits, corporate risk benefit management, benefit provision in Brazil, China, India and Russia and a regional overview of Africa, Asia and Latin America to highlight the different practices of employee benefit provision; internationally mobile employees; the employee benefit implications of mergers and acquisitions; and trends in employee benefit provision.

The Diploma and the Advanced Diploma in Retirement Provision

Both units of the Diploma In International Employee Benefits share the same syllabuses, study materials and examination paper with the PMI Advanced Diploma (i.e. the contents are identical). Anyone who has passed International Diploma units may have them credited as passes for Advanced Diploma units should they wish to pursue Associateship studies. Equally anyone who passes the units as part of Advanced Diploma studies will also be awarded the Diploma in International Employee Benefits.

Award of the Diploma

To be awarded the Diploma it is required to pass both units. Those awarded the Diploma are entitled to use the designatory initials Dip.IEB. They are also eligible to apply for election as a Diploma Member of the PMI.

The International Employee Benefits Association

The DipIEB has been developed in partnership by the PMI and the International Employee Benefits Association (IEBA). IEBA was set up to promote increased knowledge and professionalism amongst those involved with international employee benefits.

In addition to the establishment of the DipIEB, its objectives are to facilitate the exchange of information between IEBA members on matters relating to international employee benefits; to take any appropriate collective action on international employee benefit matters and to maintain liaison and exchange views and information with other organisations in the same field.

Membership of IEBA is open to anyone with an interest in international employee benefits, regardless of country of residence. A year's free membership is offered to those studying for the Diploma.


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 qualifications@pensions-pmi.org.uk or on 020 7392 7400.


  1. Diploma in International Employee Benefits Leaflet

    A summary document containing further information on the Diploma in International Employee Benefits

  2. Qualification Fees 2019

    A summary of qualification fees for 2019.