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Berkshire is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.


As a leader in the compliance space, Berkshire is committed to providing HR professionals with a wide range of training options that address different components of your work. Developed in-house by our subject matter experts, our training materials cover the most important aspects of the industry, including regulation changes and trends. And our courses are designed to meet the regulatory requirements for annual affirmative action training. 

Berkshire’s training suite offers a selection of courses designed to fit different organizational needs and budgets – and designed to target multiple audiences, from seasoned professionals to individuals who are just starting their careers in HR.  

We add new topics and course materials regularly, so we encourage you to check back frequently! 





"As HR evolves, we are here to keep you abreast and informed through relevant, up-to-date training opportunities. We ensure HR professionals receive the support they need to continue to grow and strengthen their capabilities." 

- Michele Hester, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  

Director, Affirmative Action and Training Services 

Fundamentals of Affirmative Action Planning

Our signature Fundamentals of Affirmative Action Planning class is offered throughout the year and is currently delivered on a virtual platform. One of the best in the country, this six-session virtual training course provides attendees with comprehensive training on affirmative action regulations. This class includes plan preparation requirements, recent OFCCP developments, calculations and analyses, the audit process, and plan implementation. Berkshire's affirmative action specialists show participants how to prepare statistical reports and narratives.  

This course covers all the major elements of the compliant affirmative action plan, including:  

  • Minorities and Women 
  • Individuals with disabilities (IWD) and protected Veterans (PV)
  • Internet Applicant and Other Affirmative Action Requirements
  • Communication and Implementation
  • OFCCP Compliance Evaluation

At the conclusion of this course, students will fully understand OFCCP requirements and feel prepared to complete a compliant affirmative action plan. 

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What to Expect

Using our learning management system, Thinkific, we have created an interactive and engaging experience for each user. The self-paced portion of this course will have you navigating through the chapters of the course with ease. Everything you will need for this course will be housed inside of your course and easily accessed from your student dashboard. 

At the end of each chapter, there will be a brief quiz to test your knowledge and to make sure you are fully grasping the concepts presented.  

In addition to the self-paced portion, this course includes six live workshops led by a Berkshire training expert. These interactive sessions allow students to participate in hands-on activities and ask questions from a seasoned affirmative action professional. Students must attend all six sessions.  

Once you have been through all the chapters and participated in the live sessions with our expert instructor, there will be a final assessment to culminate your learning experience. You are then presented with a certificate of completion and your SHRM activity code.  

Software training

To get the most out of your investment in balanceAAP, we recommend starting with training. You'll be prepared and armed with the skills you need to complete your plan, year after year. This class offers practical guidance users need to automate the AAP process. 

In this class, you will learn how to automate your plan preparation process by taking advantage of balanceAAP’s powerful functionality. You'll become adept at using the application while gaining an understanding of its capabilities. You'll get the most out of your purchase by giving yourself the right start. Users learn each section of balanceAAP and gain hands-on experience creating a sample plan. The training will take you from importing and editing data, to creating narratives. After completing the training, you'll have the knowledge needed to safeguard your organization by creating a plan that meets technical requirements of AA regulations. 

Topics Covered: 

  • Overview of balanceAAP
  • Using balanceAAP to ensure data accuracy
  • Determining Availability, Utilization, and Goals
  • Creating the Organizational Profile and Establishing a History Source
  • Understanding balanceAAP Reports and Creating Narratives 

NOTE: This course requires an active subscription to balanceAAP Software. Please speak with your account executive for more information. 

Software Training


Berkshire's affirmative action eLearning courses are specially designed for organizations who are federal contractors. 

These courses cover regulations required and enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Backed by Berkshire's powerful LMS, these classes can be taken by individual learners or deployed across departments, locations, or throughout the organization. 

These courses provide a high-level understanding of affirmative action regulations. They can be taken alone or bundled together, and large organizations may purchase multiple seats in one or more classes to bring their entire staff up to speed.  

These interactive courses provide learners with certificates of completion and organizations may track each learner’s completion, making it an ideal solution for large organizations who seek to reduce regulatory risk.  

Receive a discount when purchasing 11 or more seats of the same class. Call us or complete the form below for more information.

eLearning courses offered

Berkshire currently offers three eLearning courses. Click on each course to learn more!

Introduction to Affirmative Action

comprehensive overview ideal for HR professionals who want to remain knowledgeable, or for companies who want to ensure their staff is educated and prepared to make sound decisions with the law in mind. 

Affirmative Action for Talent Acquisition

focuses on the role Talent Acquisition plays in maintaining affirmative action compliance during a company's recruitment and selection process. 

Affirmative Action for Hiring Managers

focuses on the role of the Manager in supporting Affirmative Action compliance in their organization. 

Private/custom training

Sometimes your training needs a more personalized approach. Does your organization have more than one person who needs to learn more about AA or how to use balanceAAP? We can deliver our public classes in a private session that allows you and your team to learn together. Private sessions can be conducted virtually, at Berkshire, at your office, or at a location of your choosing. 

Berkshire also offers custom training for clients who have more specific needs for their training, such as training a group of employees in affirmative action. Companies in need of training that addresses a specific corporate objective can purchase classes tailored to meet your needs and conducted at your company location, or any location of your choice. 

Some private training has included:  

  • All employee training to educate a full company about compliance 
  • Executive Leadership training 
  • Training for hiring managers or talent acquisition
  • EEO training 

Call or fill out the form below for more information. 

Private Training

What Customers Say

"Eye opening"

"I have been in HR for the last 14 years and I thought I was ready for my first AAP preparation given my past experience with compliance. I have to say, this course has been most eye-opening yet not chastising. The instructor was very approachable and kept the morale up with so many encouraging examples and advice. I now KNOW I am ready!"

- Rosemarie C. Luczak, Core4ce LLC 

Introduction or refresher

"This course is a great introduction to someone new to affirmative action plans and also an excellent refresher to someone who has been away from them for some time.  I found it to have a good balance of pre-work, group activities and instruction divided into reasonable topic-focused sessions that one can fit in during the workday."

- Catharine Hurley, Validic, Inc. 


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