*Subject to QQI Validation*

Our 2020 Education Prospectus is now available to download.

The IIPM is please to present you with details of our education courses which are delivered in partnership with Griffith College.

All courses enjoy accreditation from Quality and Qualifications Ireland and are on the National Framework of Qualifications. Our full Diploma in Pensions Management and Policy consists of eight modules in total with students who complete the first five modules receiving the exit award of Certificate in Pensions Investment and Insurance and are accredited a Member of the IIPM and may use the designation MIIPM.

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Autumn 2020 Courses Announcement 

*Subject to QQI Validation*

Higher Diploma in Pensions Management

The course provides learners with comprehensive knowledge and competence relating to pensions and retirement planning, including pensions legislation, taxation, insurance and investment, long-term financing, regulation and government policy. The course also develops the employees’ softer skills in the areas of communication, written and oral, active listening, relationship management, problem solving and business awareness.

Course Highlights

  • Excellent reputation within industry
  • Superb networking and mentoring opportunities within the Institute
  • Convenient part-time city centre location
  • Gain an honours degree in three years
  • Endorsed by the Pensions Regulator
  • A proven stepping stone to senior career opportunities


Graduates who exit the Diploma on successful completion of the appropriate modules will be awarded with a Certificate in Pensions, Investment & Insurance, Special Purpose Award Level 8 (35 ECTS Credit), awarded by HETAC.

Membership of the IIPM (MIIPM) and achievement of the Minimum Competency Requirement for the three categories of the retail financial products, Savings, Investment and Pension Products, Life Assurance Protection Products & Shares and Bonds and other Investment Instruments can be achieved on completion of the first five modules of the Higher Diploma in Pensions Management.

Please see below for more information on the individual modules that constitute the course.

Module 1: Life Assurance

This module aims to develop an enhanced understanding of life assurance protection products available in the market and corresponding regulation pertaining to this field. It will equip learners with the necessary skills to identify client protection needs, compare insurance products and determine the appropriate recommendations to meet these needs.

Module 2: Regulation and Financial Planning

This module provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory framework pertaining to financial services and intermediaries and the application of the conduct of business provisions to real life financial planning situations.

Module 3: Savings and Investment

This module provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of the investment environment, the different types of investment classes and corresponding risks and returns associated with different types of assets. It provides a practical applied knowledge of the range of financial securities and products available in the Irish marketplace. It develops corresponding analytical skills to critique each type of financial security the requisite skill set to identify, critically analyse and select financial products which are appropriate to individual client risk profiles and meet their investment objectives

Module 4: Sustainable Retirement Financing

The module provides the learners with an in depth knowledge of financing of retirement. It develops the skills to carry out the appropriate funding calculations and ability to recognise the impact of the underlying assumptions on Sustainable Retirement Financing. Learners understand funding methods used in funding defined benefit schemes and the corresponding implications. The module builds on knowledge gained in previous modules by analysing key factors for consideration in the determination of an investment strategy and on the implementation of appropriate selection and control processes.

Module 5: Retirement Provision

The aims of this module are to provide learners with an enhanced & current understanding of the retirement provision framework in Ireland, in particular the mechanisms for private retirement provision in Ireland. Key to the module will be the ability to research, interpret and apply the underpinning legislative provisions, developing the learner’s independent learning skills, and skills of enquiry and research.

Module 6: International Practice

The aims of this module are to provide learners with an understanding of the issues pertaining to international employees and key factors for consideration in designing international employee benefit strategies. Learners will achieve the ability to analyse the methods & implications of provision of retirement & risk benefits in an international context. The module will also include an analysis of the retirement framework in a selection of countries, which will serve to highlight the difference in international pension practices.

Module 7: Law and Governance

The aims of this module are to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of: Trust arrangements including trust documentation, trustee duties & powers. Legislation pertaining to pension scheme arrangements and aims to provide learners with the skills to research, critically analyse & present the required provisions in a professional manner. Good pension scheme governance and mechanisms for effective governance.

Module 8: Pensions Management and Essential Skills

Learners will gain a developed understanding of general pension management issues & review/update on National policy pertaining to pension provision and in particular employee related arrangements. Learners will apply their understanding in a practical situation and communicate in a non-technical manner and the opportunity to integrate knowledge & skills developed over the course of the programme with work-based experience. Overall, they will gain the ability to reflect on their own practices using concepts, knowledge and experience gained over the course of the programme building on their own prior experiential learning.

Interpersonal Skill Modules

The course will also focus on some softer skills, in conjunction with These modules will include topics such as ‘Communicating effectively’, ‘effective presenting’, and ‘negotiating your own success’. The courses will be conducted through intensive half-day workshops which will commence in November.