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This page provides details of the forms of study available to you. You are advised to begin studying six months before the examinations.

Study material

In order to simplify the ordering process we have packaged the examination entry fee with the study material. There is a single fee for each package which includes:

  • A sitting of the examination
  • Access to the study material package
  • Access to updates of the study material (where applicable)
  • Access to sample examination questions

To access the material you will need the details sent to you in the email acknowledging your order.

Click here for a step-by-step procedure to access the study material.

Details on how the study material packages work can be found here.

All study materials can be accessed at PMI learning website.

Study material for reference purposes

It is possible to purchase copies of the study manuals for the Diploma as PDF documents for the following non commercial purposes:

  • evaluating the content of the Diploma to ascertain if it is appropriate;
  • supporting colleagues studying for the Diploma;
  • general reference.

For a single user licence that covers both study manuals in a PDF version the cost is £400. To discuss your requirements please contact the Qualifications department: qualifications@pensions-pmi.org.uk


Study timetable 

The April 2019 Study Timetable is available here.


Lecture Courses

See the Courses page for details of forthcoming courses.

Non-native English speakers

Non-native English speakers should note that the study manual and other materials for the Diploma are in English. The examinations are also in English. Therefore, a high standard of English comprehension and composition is required. It may be possible to make limited special arrangements for non native English speakers sitting the examinations. Students in this category should contact the Qualifications Department at qualifications@pensions-pmi.org.uk or on 020 7392 7400.

Communication Skills

Effective communications are essential.  Therefore, some examination questions will specify a particular format for answers or require evidence of other communication skills.  These formats, as well as an appreciation of communication skill, for workplace pensions professionals, are covered in the Communication manual which accompanies the International 2 study manual.

Further reading

An additional reading list has also been compiled.

Appropriate weekly and monthly pensions publications and newspapers will all be of benefit to those preparing for the examination.

A comprehensive glossary of pensions terms can be found in the PMI/PRAG publication, Pensions Terminology, which can be purchased from the PMI.


  1. Advanced Diploma Study Timetable 2018

    Advanced Diploma Study Timetable 2018. This timetable is also applicable for Diploma examinations within the Advanced Diploma suite.

  2. Advanced Diploma Online Instructions 2018

    Instructions for accessing the online learning system for Advanced Diploma units.

  3. 2018 Notes for Students: Study Material Packages

    Notes on the study material packages for Advanced Diploma and related Diplomas.