The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action, is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. We are a professional development organization and our mission is assist our members to be more successful and productive in their careers. We are also an advocacy organization and work to promote understanding and support for affirmative action, equity and diversity programs to enhance equal opportunity in employment, government contracting and education.

AAAED’s Professional Development and Training Institute (PDTI) has been a primary sponsor of quality training in equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action law and policy since 1991. PDTI faculty consist of experienced educators who understand both the theory and the applications of EEO, affirmative action and diversity policy. PDTI offers the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) and Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional credentials (Sr. CAAP). PDTI also offers courses and certificate programs in areas ranging from “Diversity Management” and “Title IX Investigations” to “Latest OFCCP Compliance Developments.”  PDTI courses are eligible for continuing education credits awarded by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

AAAED offers both classroom and on-site training at the facility of your choice. We will work with you to design the coursework that fulfills your needs, ranging from conducting effective internal investigations to developing a compliant workplace. AAAED also offers a series of webinars for the busy professional who does not have time or the resources to travel for classroom training. We are proud of the excellence of our webinar faculty and urge you to sign up for timely and topical programs.

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, Counseling and Resolution; and Developing and Implementing an Affirmative Action Program for Women and Minorities – earn the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) credential. Since 2012, PDTI has begun to offer the Senior CAAP credential and instituted a recertification requirement for CAAP and Senior CAAP professionals.

PDTI’s educational programs are designed to enhance legal knowledge and technical and administrative skills in equal employment opportunity (EEO), affirmative action, and diversity and to ensure that EEO/AA/diversity professionals and practitioners remain current in issues affecting their profession.

In 2008, the Association added AAAED Webinars, web-based seminars to provide expert information on current legal, policy and regulatory matters. The one- to two-hour webinars are offered every month and are available to AAAED members and non-members alike.  Webinars have addressed such issues as Disability Issues in Higher Education; Workplace Safety; Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Title IX; EEO Record-Keeping; and Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color. AAAED Webinars are an excellent, cost-effective and time-saving addition to the tools that professionals may use to hone skills in the field of EEO, affirmative action and diversity.

AAAED On-Site Training, in which a training program is specially designed to fit the needs of the individual client, is an excellent option for institutions or companies that have specific needs or a group of employees who need targeted training. AAAED’s expert faculty works with the client to develop the curriculum and deliver the training at the client’s designated location.

The CAAP and Senior CAAP 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

Professionals with 10 or more years of demonstrated experience may earn the Senior CAAP credential by attending a one-day intensive workshop to be offered in conjunction with the AAAED national conference. Please contact the AAAED national office or visit AAAED’s website for details on this special opportunity for senior 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 are not eligible to earn the Senior CAAP credential through workshop attendance and instead must earn the Sr. CAAP credential by: (1) first earning the CAAP credential and (2) completing 40 additional hours of Senior CAAP coursework.

In 2012, AAAED instituted a recertification program for professionals who earn the CAAP and Senior CAAP credentials. For the CAAP credential, the recertification requirement takes effect beginning October 1, 2012. Thus, professionals who already have earned the CAAP credential or who earned the CAAP credential at the PDTI training sites in March 2012 (Tampa) and July 2012 (Chicago) will not be subject to the recertification requirement to maintain their CAAP credential. Any professional who earns the CAAP or Senior CAAP credential after October 1, 2012 will be required to recertify every three years in order to maintain a valid CAAP credential.

A recertification program is designed to ensure that EEO/AA/diversity professionals keep up to date on issues affecting their profession. AAAED requires certified CAAP and Senior CAAP professionals to recertify their credential every three years through continuing education activities, professional association involvement, or both. Professionals are required to accumulate 36 hours of activities in one or more of the following areas: continuing education, instruction, leadership, and professional membership.

AAAED has adopted a self-report model for its recertification program. Professionals must keep track of their activities and report those activities to AAAED, along with payment of a recertification fee, to maintain the CAAP or Senior CAAP credential. The recertification fee is $150.00.  For additional details, contact the AAAED National Office.


 Activity Category  Available Credit  Notes
 Continuing Education  All 36 hours may be achieved through continuing education  Available through AAAED programs. May gain CE credits through non-AAAED programs
 Instruction 15-hour maximum   
 Leadership 10-hour maximum  
 Professional Membership 8-hour maximum  
 PDTI Coursework  All 36 hours may be achieved through PDTI classroom training  Available through AAAED PDTI 8-hour and 12-hour classroom programs.

Continuing Education Credits
Professionals may gain recertification credits for educational activities related to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, or diversity. Credit is awarded on an hour-for-hour basis (excluding meals and breaks) for conferences, PDTI classroom training, seminars, workshops, symposiums, and on-line training (videoconferences, webinars, and podcasts). For courses at an accredited college or university, a one-semester credit course (15 weeks) equals 15 recertification credit hours, one quarter credit course (12 weeks) equals 12 recertification credit hours, and one audited college course equals 10 recertification hours. No credit will be awarded for general sessions at conferences or for attendance at meetings of professional associations. 

Instruction. Professionals may earn recertification credits for serving as an instructor of a course, workshop, seminar or conference session (excluding presentations within your own organization). Professionals may receive credit only for the first presentation. Instructors earn 1.5 credit hours for every hour of the presentation to take into account preparation time. For example, a two-hour presentation is awarded 3 credit hours toward recertification.

Leadership. Credit may be earned for leadership activities in an EEO/AA/diversity-related association or for community volunteer work in which a professional uses his/her EEO/AA/diversity expertise. Examples include officer positions on boards, committee chair assignments, committee membership, Capitol Hill visits, testimonies before Congress or state legislatures, meetings with regulatory agency officials, and preparation of comments on regulatory proposals.

Leadership activities are subject to the following limitations on available credit:


 Activity Categories    Available Credit    Recertification Maximum  (3 Years)
 Officer Position   5 per year of service   10
 Committee Chair   3 per year of service   6
 Committee Member   2 per year of service   6
 Capitol Hill Visit; Agency Visit  1  3
 Testifying before legislative body   1  3
 Drafting comments on regulatory proposals   1  3

Professional Membership. A professional may earn recertification credit for being a member of a national organization that promotes equal employment opportunity, access, and diversity; an EEO/AA/diversity- related organization, or a regional/area affiliate of a national organization. A professional who is an AAAED member may earn 2 hours per year toward recertification. Professional membership in a non-AAAED organization earns 1 hour per year toward recertification, provided the professional is an AAAED member. There is an 8-credit hour maximum permitted in this category.


AAAED PDTI also offers certificate programs in Title IX Investigations and in 2015 it will introduce its Diversity Management Track.  Title IX Investigations courses are 8 hour and 16 hour courses.  

The Diversity Management Track will offer the following courses in 2015:

Introduction to Diversity Management (8 hrs.)

Fundamentals of Diversity Management (8 hrs.)

Diversity Planning (8 hrs.)

These courses count towards the Senior CAAP and continuing education requirements. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion in Title IX Investigations or Diversity Management



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