Classroom Training

The PDTI classroom experience takes place four times per year in locations geographically dispersed throughout the United States. Participants who successfully complete three core courses – EEO/AA Law, Complaint Processing, and Developing and implementing an Affirmative Action Program – earn the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) credential. The CAAP credential is a symbol of excellence and attests to the expertise of the professional who holds it. PDTI also offers the Senior Certified Affirmative Action and EEO Professional (Sr. CAAEP) credential and has instituted a recertification requirement for CAAP and Sr. CAAEP professionals. PDTI’s educational programs are designed to enhance legal knowledge and technical and administrative skills in equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and to ensure that EEO/AA/diversity professionals remain current in issues affecting their profession.

The CAAP and Sr. CAAEP credentials may be added as a suffix after one’s name and demonstrate one’s commitment to excellence in the affirmative action and EEO profession.


Required CAAP courses:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Complaint Processing, Counseling and Resolution
  • Developing and Implementing an Affirmative Action Program for Women and Minorities

Effective October 1, 2012, professionals who earn the CAAP credential will be required to recertify every three years to ensure that they remain current in the equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and diversity professions. Professionals who earn the CAAP credential prior to October 1, 2012 are not subject to the recertification requirement.


Professionals with 10 or more years of demonstrated experience may earn the Sr. CAAP credential by attending a two-day intensive workshop in conjunction with the AAAED National Conference and Annual Meeting. Please contact the AAAED national office or visit AAAED’s website for details on this special opportunity for experienced EEO/AA/diversity professionals. The basic CAAP credential is not a prerequisite for experienced professionals who meet the 10-year qualification requirement.

Professionals with fewer than 10 years’ experience on the date of the workshops to be offered are not eligible to earn the Sr. CAAEP credential through workshop attendance and instead must earn the Sr. CAAEP credential by: (1) first earning the CAAP credential and (2) completing 40 additional hours of additional coursework.


The New Professionals Academy (NPA), a professional development opportunity for new EEO/AA professionals, is a comprehensive interactive two days of learning, sharing, networking, and professional/personal development. Objectives of the New Professionals Academy are to:

• Provide new professionals with an opportunity to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from other peers and distinguished colleagues within the profession. • Expect a commitment by the new professional to work and actively engage with other new professionals and colleagues during the duration of the NPA and AAAED conference. • Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for new professionals to be supported and mentored by distinguished colleagues within the profession to learn firsthand strategies for career success.

Application Process

The application process for NPA is a three-step process:

• To assure that new professionals' participation in the Academy is fully endorsed by the current senior EEO/AA officer at his/her institution, registrants must have a letter of support submitted by the senior leadership from their respective institutions. There is a limit of two participants per institution. • Each applicant must complete an on-line application, and submit a resume and a high-resolution, photo head-shot (this will be included in the NPA Participant Manual). • All participants are expected to stay through the remainder of the Academy/AAAED Conference. • Please submit payment via credit card, check or with signed invoice.


Complaint Processing, Counseling and Resolution (16 hrs.)

This course covers internal and external agency complaint intake, investigation, counseling, and resolution issues, strategies, and policies and procedures. Participants will receive a course handbook that later serves as a comprehensive resource document, including sample materials for record keeping, report writing, intake, witness interviews, and more. The class combines lecture, practical advice, and group exercises to enhance learning. (CAAP requirement)

Developing and Implementing an Affirmative Action Program (16 hrs.)

This course concentrates on the development and implementation of Executive Order 11246 Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs). The course covers the law of affirmative action (constitutional, statutory and regulatory) and development and implementation of an AAP pursuant to U.S. Department of Labor regulations governing federal contractors. Participants will learn about job group formation, labor market availability determinations, incumbency assessments, goal establishment and attainment, analytical tools, record keeping requirements, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs compliance evaluations. (CAAP requirement)

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Law (16 hrs.)

This course is a primer on federal civil rights laws and explores the impact of those laws in the day-to-day operations of the workplace. The course provides participants not only with a theoretical and technical legal framework, but also offers real life scenarios, practical information, and hands-on techniques that can be applied in the workplace. The course covers constitutional, statutory and regulatory aspects of EEO and affirmative action law, theories of discrimination, burdens of proof, evidentiary issues, and damages concepts. The course also includes practical applications of the law at the workplace in the areas of hiring, harassment, discipline-discharge, religious practices and accommodation, and more. (CAAP Requirement)


The two-day AAAED Program for Senior Affirmative Action and EEO Professionals (Sr. CAAEP) is a comprehensive review that encompasses federal agency compliance initiatives as well as methodologies for leveraging data and other internal resources to maintain a successful EEO and diversity program. The curriculum covers the current enforcement policies and regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor; and the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. Compensation analysis and Diversity Management issues are also covered.

For more information, visit the program requirements and qualifications at An examination is required as well that tests one’s knowledge and experience as senior affirmative action and EEO professionals. Certificates will be issued at the end of the training and after a successful examination score (80% or above). Experienced practitioners (those with 10 years or more relevant experience) will receive the "Senior Certified Affirmative Action and EEO Professional" (Sr. CAAEP) certificate, which shall be valid for three years. The Sr. CAAEP credential is subject to continuing education requirements prescribed by PDTI. For a copy of the PDTI Program Requirements, go to and click on AAAED PDTI Program Requirements.