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Study

Whilst the purchase of study material is not compulsory it is strongly advised and a comprehensive study material package has been produced for each module. 

It is advisable to begin studying in September for the April examinations and in May for the October examinations

Under the banner 'Shaping the Pensions Professionals of Tomorrow' we are very pleased to be working with leading companies, firms and authors operating in managing or advising UK pension schemes to offer an enhanced study support service for Students undertaking the DRRA examinations.

Click here for further details.

Study material

For each  unit we have produced a study material package which includes a study manual and communication manual and access to an online learning programme.

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
  • The election fee for student membership (where applicable)

Study material for the 2018 examinations

To access the 2018 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 timetable 

The 2018 timetable is available here.

Further reading

Whilst the online learning is designed to be comprehensive, further reading is recommended.  Appropriate weekly and monthly pensions publications and newspapers will all be of benefit to those preparing for the examination.

There is also information on related websites and the links page is a good place to start.

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

Communication Skills

Effective communications are an essential part of Diploma studies and of the work of the pensions professional.   As the units cover the application of technical knowledge the examinations include a test of communication skills as they apply to the various aspects of workplace pensions.   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 each unit.