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Retirement Provision Certificate

The Retirement Provision Certificate is not available until September of 2020.

We have temporarily suspended delivery of this qualification to enable us to re-write all study materials and produce a new bank of questions for examination.

The PMI is always responsive to its learners, and has listened, in this case, to the feedback we have been given.

This qualification has always been a robust exam, and has been central to our qualification delivery process.


The RPC is a qualification that is ideal for employees new to pensions, support staff and those professionals working in related fields. It provides a broad introduction to pensions and other related benefits in the UK.

It has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of people, not just pension professionals; for example it could include:

  • those who are starting out on a career in pensions or a related area.
  • those whose work involves one particular aspect of retirement provision, such as investment, legal or accounting.
  • those whose job requires an overview of the principles underpinning retirement provision.
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: http://www.pensions-pmi.org.uk/qualifications-and-learning/pmi-and-apprenticeships/

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; James Cumine: jcumine@pensions-pmi.org.uk


Click here for the 2019 version of the syllabus.

Examiner Report 2019

Click here for the 2019  RPC September examiner report 

Click here for the 2019 RPC examiner report.


How is RPC assessed?

The qualification is assessed by a 2 hour examination in the form of a 80 question multiple choice exam paper, designed to test knowledge right across the syllabus.

The examination is marked as PASS or FAIL and an indiction willl be given if you were within 5 marks of a PASS).  We, as with other awarding bodies, do not offer a breakdown of marks, or individual feedback on scores.

PMI Membership

It is a compulsory requirement to be a member of the PMI to sit the examination.  Candidates (who are not already PMI Members) will become Affiliate Members of the PMI.  Candidates who successfully complete the qualification will be entitled to apply to become Certificate Members of PMI and use the designation CertPMI after their name.

Please click here for more information about PMI membership.

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 James Cumine (MCQ Coordinator) Jcumine@pensions-pmi.org.uk or on 020 7392 7400.


  1. Retirement Provision Certificate Qualification Specification

    The RPC Qualification Specification contains important information about the qualification including the syllabus for 2018 examinations.

  2. Qualification Fees 2020

    A summary of qualification fees for 2020.