AAAED PDTI Program for Senior Affirmative Action and EEO Professionals (Sr. CAAEP)

Indianapolis, Indiana
Monday, June 10, 2019

AAAED PDTI Program for Senior Affirmative Action and EEO Professionals (Sr. CAAEP)
Monday, June 10, 2019 8:00 AM -
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
One South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
United States

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Note: This Sr. CAAEP training occurs during the AAAED 45th National Conference and 
Annual Meeting. To register for the Conference, which requires a separate registration 
and fees, or for hotel accommodations, click here: AAAED Conference Webpage

There is a 20% discount for AAAED Members. Use code AAAAPDTI when registering. To join AAAED, click here: Join AAAED

By participating in the AAAED Professional Development and Training Institute's (PDTI) annual program, experienced practitioners (those with 10 years or more relevant experience) will receive the "Senior Certified Affirmative Action and EEO Professional" certificate, which is valid for three years. The Sr. CAAEP credential is a symbol of excellence in the EEO/AA Profession. Get your Sr. CAAEP on June 10 - 11, 2019 during the Pre-conference portion of the AAAED 45h National Conference and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.  

Please do not register until you have been approved pursuant to the following eligibility requirements.



In addition to the Basic Certified Affirmative Action Professional certification (CAAP), AAAED’s PDTI offers the Senior Certified Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Professional credential (Sr. CAAEP). There are two ways to obtain this certification:

By completing the Basic CAAP courses and receiving the CAAP (48 hrs.) and then taking an additional 40 hours of coursework, or by completing the AAAED Program for Senior Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Professionals (Sr. CAAEP).  The two-day program is an intensive course given once a year during the AAAED national conference. Only professionals with ten or more years of experience may qualify for admission to this program. The Basic CAAP certification is not a prerequisite for those who meet the ten-year qualification requirement but it is recommended. 

To apply to participate in the Sr. CAAEP training, a candidate must:

1.  Submit a resume or curriculum vitae to the Sr. CAAEP Review Committee along with an application. See attached. AAAEDPDTIApplicatonSrCAAEP011419a.docx Please submit the application to:

2. The candidate must also have the support of at least one supervisor, colleague or mentor.  
3. Once the candidate is approved, that person must return to this website and complete the online registration and pay the requisite fee. 
4.  In addition to the coursework, there will be an examination administered at the end of the training program.  When the candidate has successfully completed the course and the examination at a pass rate of 80 percent or higher, that person will receive the Sr. CAAEP certificate.

The Sr. CAAEP Program consists of a comprehensive review that encompasses federal agency compliance initiatives as well as methodologies for leveraging qualitative and quantitative data and other available resources to maintain a successful Equal Opportunity (EEO) and diversity program. The curriculum also covers the current enforcement policies and regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor; and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education. Legal updates and a discussion of compensation analysis and diversity and inclusion are also covered. 

The AAAED Program for Senior Affirmative Action and EEO Practitioners (Sr. CAAEP):  Eligibility Requirements for Admission

The AAAED Program for Sr. Affirmative Action and EEO Practitioners is offered to seasoned professionals who have ten or more years of experience not only in developing and implementing affirmative action programs but being engaged in the broader scope of equal opportunity and related compliance activities. Such individuals are seeking a credential that attests to their advanced level of expertise and accomplishment and the credential that AAAED confers at this level, re-titled the Senior Certified Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Professional or Sr. CAAEP, is such an attestation.

This is an intensive, sixteen-hour program that reviews and expands upon the knowledge gained over ten or more years. The emphasis of this program is to update one’s knowledge, focus on what has been learned and what skills are necessary to advance to the next professional level.  To obtain this credential, candidates must:

1) submit information attesting to their experience as senior AA/EEO practitioners (curriculum vitae or resume and a questionnaire) to a Senior CAAEP Review Committee for approval;

2) successfully complete the training program and 3) obtain an 80% or higher pass rate on an examination that assesses what they have learned from the training.


1.       Knowledge of Equal Opportunity Laws: Senior Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity professionals must be able to demonstrate a broad and thorough knowledge of equal opportunity laws including, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Equal Pay Act; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Executive Order 11246; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; and other relevant laws and regulations including the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (UGESP). They should also have knowledge of relevant court precedents, administrative decisions and agency rules.

For admission to the AAAED Program for Sr. Affirmative Action and EEO Practitioners, applicants must demonstrate that they not only have an understanding of the basics of equal opportunity laws, the contents of affirmative action programs and the fundamentals of complaint processing and investigations but also have senior level experience in applying their knowledge to complex situations.  They should also demonstrate knowledge of developments in equal opportunity law and policy.  Most importantly, candidates should have skill in factfinding, analysis, and applying the body of EEO and contract compliance principles and regulations in a manner that is sufficient to assess their organization/institution’s compliance status and to support the organization/institution if audited by a government agency. They should also demonstrate knowledge of the agencies’ administrative processes and potential sanctions in the event of noncompliance.

2.       Internal Investigations and Audits. Candidates for the senior credential should know how to conduct or lead internal reviews and investigations of their organizations’/institutions’ compliance with applicable equal employment opportunity regulations, prepare written reports of findings, analyze and synthesize data into findings of fact, understand their personnel systems and work with their IT and compensation counterparts to analyze compensation data to determine if there are disparities or indicators of pay discrimination. Senior EEO/AA professionals should also demonstrate knowledge of conciliation practices in environments where issues are strongly contested and that may involve senior officials, union officials, and their attorneys, and they should be able to use applicable precedents to negotiate remedies for discriminatory practices and other noncompliance, where necessary, with government agencies.

They should also have knowledge of recruitment and selection processes at their organizations/institutions, labor relations, pay and classification systems, employee relations, personnel records systems, and other personnel practices. Most importantly, Senior EEO/AA professionals should know how to apply the principles of affirmative action to prevent discrimination with the express purpose of promoting equal employment opportunity.

Candidates for the Senior CAAEP should demonstrate some experience in Identifying systemic discrimination where it exists based on facts developed through internal reviews and investigations. They should also be able to present evidence of systemic discrimination, compensation disparities or other indicators of noncompliance to senior officials and evidence relied upon should meet applicable standards of proof. Such experience should also include Identifying and defining persons and classes affected by possible discrimination, calculating the extent of the organization’s/institution’s potential liability and proposing remedial actions where necessary.  

3.       Managing Affirmative Action Programs
. Candidates for the Sr. CAAEP credential should have experience managing and interpreting affirmative action and related plans where the plans are outsourced or prepared by subordinate staff, and have knowledge of requirements and methods for developing, implementing, and evaluating the progress of affirmative action programs.  Where affirmative action goals are indicated, candidates should be able to fashion such goals, monitor their organizations’/institutions’ good faith efforts and be able to defend their efforts if questioned by government agencies.  Disability awareness, promoting self-identification for affirmative action purposes as well as reasonable accommodations where indicated are also skills that senior EEO/AA professionals should have.

4.       Complaint Processing, Counseling and Resolution.  Candidates should demonstrate experience in factfinding and analysis to determine the meaning, relevancy, veracity, and importance of a large body of complex and interrelated facts; weigh evidence, make conclusions, and recommend decisions.  They should also demonstrate skill in negotiating settlements in complaint cases and skill in writing to clearly present complex and interrelated concepts and information.  Lastly, they should have skill in dealing effectively with witnesses, complainants, respondents, and their representatives and have a basic knowledge of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods including mediation and arbitration.

5.       Diversity and Inclusion; Implicit Bias.  As the concepts of diversity management and inclusion have become an integral part of an organization’s/ institution’s human resources, recruitment and retention policies and programs, Senior Affirmative Action and EEO Professionals should have a knowledge of such principles and programs and a demonstrable understanding of the intersection between Diversity and Inclusion and Affirmative Action law and policy. Implicit bias (or unconscious bias) refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit bias is also emerging as a behavior to expose and eradicate, and Senior EEO/AA professionals should be conversant with the growing body of research and practice in this area.

6.       Making the Business Case. Senior AA/EEO Professionals should demonstrate their knowledge of methods used to attain support by building the business case for diversity as well as EEO and Affirmative Action.  Such a skill is essential to achieving success in advancing a program that supports diversity, affirmative action and equal opportunity in recruitment, retention, hiring, promoting and cracking the glass ceiling.

7.       Other “Intangibles.”  Individuals who have progressed to the senior level as EEO and Affirmative Action Professionals understand that in order to be successful, they must know how to form alliances with other offices within their organizations/institutions, including the Chief Diversity Officer and the office of Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Legal Department, Information Technology, Compensation and Payroll, and in academic institutions, the Dean of Students, Office of Public Affairs and Campus Security office.  They also need to develop skills in making themselves heard up to and including the C-Suite or the President’s Office.  In seeking the Sr. CAAEP credential, candidates for the Sr. CAAEP should be able to explain how they have acquired these skills.

*Updates in the Law: EEO, Affirmative Action and Diversity
*Building the Business Case for Diversity
*Sexual Harassment/Harassment Prevention Education
* Managing, Interpreting and Implementing Affirmative Action Plans
*Disability Awareness & Etiquette: Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act and Its Regulations
*Managing Complex Cases: Internal Investigations and Audits /Review and  Case Analysis
*Unconscious Bias and Its Impact on Decision-Making

Participants may be expected to prepare for the Sr. CAAEP program by completing assigned readings prior to the training commencing.  At the end of the training an examination will be administered.  Candidates must receive a score of 80 percent or higher to receive the Sr. CAAEP certificate.


Early Bird Registration Tuition (before May 10, 2019)
AAAED Members:
Non-Members: $1,170.00

Regular and Onsite Registration Tuition (after May 10, 2019)

AAAED Members: $1,180.00
AAAED Nonmembers: $1,270.00

Onsite Registration is discouraged. See the eligibility criteria above.
Group Rate:  If two or more individuals register together, each will receive a $50.00 discount.
(AAAED Membership discount of 20% is available. Use registration code: AAAAPDTI)


For questions about the Sr. CAAP program please contact Wanda Malden, Chair, AAAED Professional Development and T
raining Institute (PDTI) at, 
For other questions about PDTI please email or call  the AAAED national office toll-free at 888-562-2233.  Local: 202-349-9855.  For AAAED Conference information email Sandy Isho at 

Recertification Requirement
Experienced practitioners (those with 10 years or more relevant experience) will receive the "Senior Certified Affirmative Action and EEO Professional" 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, click here

AAAED has applied for Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) credits


Contact Information

  • American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity
    1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20006


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