PMS Technology and Training is offering IFAs free AFPC G10 and G60 examination courses after winning a grant of more than £200,000 from the European Community.
The courses are available to IFAs from firms of less than 250 employees based within the South or South West.
The sponsorship is part of the European Social Fund initiative to promote job security within the EC. Obtaining the AFPC is considered such a step.
The courses will be held in Bristol over one day each month between January and March, with a mock examination held in April ahead of the actual exam. Twelve courses will be held each month, split equally between G10 Taxation and Trusts paper and G60 Pensions paper.
There is a £35 administration fee for IFAs wishing to register.
Actual dates are yet to be confirmed but numbers are restricted to 16 per course.
PMS will provide candidates with training and meals while attending the course plus a concise book covering the exam syllabus. It will also meet the cost of the CII examination.
PMS senior pensions partner Paul Stewart says the firm was only able to gain a grant for a specific area as part of the EC rules. He says: "People qualify if they are from the South or South West, but we are able to take people from other regions at an additional £75 per head per day."