ERISA Smart Fiduciary Education for Plan Sponsors

LEARN DIRECTLY from a DOL Investigator what the DOL looks for and how to stay out of fiduciary trouble.

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Why This Course?

For the past five years, approximately 70% of retirement plans investigated by the Department of Labor resulted in a violation. Those violations have cost plan sponsors billions of dollars! It is no wonder that many retirement plan sponsors are intimidated and/or unaware of their responsibilities. This course will help you become a Fiduciary Rockstar and be confident in your retirement plan management.

Who Is This Course For?

  • Plan Fiduciaries & Committee Members
  • HR and Benefits Professionals
  • CFO and Finance Professionals
  • Business Owners
  • Anyone looking for unique training or to learn a new skill

Beginner to Intermediate

What Will I Learn?

  • ERISA Overview
  • Elements of the Plan
  • Identifying Fiduciaries
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Forwarding Contributions
  • Filing Requirements and Corrections Programs
  • Hiring and Monitoring Service Providers
  • Understanding Fees
  • Bonus: Through the Eyes of a Former DOL Investigator

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 3 Hours HRCI General and SHRM PDC Credit


  • Self-Paced Online Course
  • Eight Modules with Learning Objectives
  • Covers all ERISA plans including 401(k), 403(b), and DB Plans. Appropriate for Large or Small Plans


2-4 Hours


40 Question Multiple Choice

70% Passing Grade to Earn Certificate


  • Confidence & Certainty: The DOL requires fiduciaries to be expert like and to articulate the reasonableness of plan fees. This course will get you on the right track and ready to tackle fiduciary responsibilities
  • Reduce Risk: Improve your fiduciary decision making process.
  • Trusted Quality: Learn from a DOL Investigator and Industry Leader
  • Better Plan Management & Participant Outcomes: With new plan management skills you can positively impact participant outcomes
  • Cost Effective: The course is affordable and can save you from expensive violations and headache.
  • Learn on your time: A time efficient course that can be taken at your own pace whether at work, home, or on the road.
  • Demonstrate Prudence: Earn ERISA Smart Fiduciary Education Certificate of Completion to document your training accomplishment

Your Instructor

Dave Donaldson
Dave Donaldson

David Donaldson serves as the President and CEO of ERISA Smart. Previously he was a Senior Investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor where his responsibilities included conducting and coordinating investigations of major inter-jurisdictional or national employee benefit plans, service providers investment advisors, investment managers and trust departments. In addition, David was responsible for developing and presenting training for other investigators regarding plan investments, investment advisors and conflicts of interest.

David is a frequent speaker at national events on ERISA and retirement plan best practices. He also is an expert witness and was recognized as one of the top 100 most influential people in defined contribution. David’s experiences and 17 years of working with retirement plans provide him with a unique perspective unmatched in the industry.

Class Curriculum

  Orientation and Introduction
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  Module 1 - ERISA Overview
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  Module 2 - Elements of a Plan
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  Module 3 - Identifying Fiduciaries
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  Module 4 - Fiduciary Responsibilites
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  Module 5 - Forwarding Contributions
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  Module 7 - Hiring and Monitoring Service Providers
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  Module 8 - Understanding Fees
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  Student Feedback
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.