Online ERISA Fiduciary Training

Fiduciary U™ is aimed at helping retirement plan fiduciaries have a full understanding of what it means to be an ERISA fiduciary and to become better prepared to face their duties and manage both the corporate and personal liability that has arisen due to increased scrutiny from the Department of Labor and the rapidly growing number of 401(k) and 403(b) lawsuits in the marketplace.

10 Video Lessons

11 Interactive Quizzes

13 Compliance Tips

1 Certificate of Completion

2.25 Hours of HRCI® Recertification and SHRM PDC Credit


Expert Instruction

This program was created by Greenspring Advisors, a leading retirement plan advisory firm in consultation with Fred Reish from Drinker Biddle, one of the most well-known ERISA attorney's in the country

Risk Management

This program was specifically designed for retirement plan committee members who want to minimize their associated risks through education and governance.

ERISA litigation is increasing and fiduciary training is an essential best practice to minimize liability.

Best In Class

Verification & Certification

The DOL views regular fiduciary training as a critical component of a good governance process and has been increasingly looking for evidence of a fiduciary training program during plan audits. With this program, you'll be prepared.  2.25 hours of HRCI and SHRM credit is available as well.

Self-Paced Learning

If you learn at a fast pace you can develop competency quickly. If you learn at a slower pace you can absorb the information without being pushed ahead too quickly.

24/7 Access

Complete the program whenever it works best for you. Are you a morning person? Study in the morning. Unpredictable hours? Weave in the training around your other priorities. 


Fiduciary U™ is cost-effective and valuable investment for your company and your retirement plan committee, especially when compared to the potential cost of a settlement agreement with the DOL or an ERISA lawsuit.


Retirement Plan Committees & Plan Fiduciaries

Retirement Plan Support Staff (e.g. HR, Payroll or Accounting)

Industry Professionals (e.g. advisors, TPAs and auditors)


*Price is for a 1-year subscription for 1 individual learner.  Discounts available for multiple learners (e.g. for an entire retirement committee).  Contact us below.

$349 per student


Overview of ERISA

This lesson covers the history and background of ERISA as well as which plans are subject to the regulation.


This lesson  reviews fiduciary vs. non-fiduciary functions as well as ERISA's fiduciary duties and elements of a prudent process.

Fiduciary Status & Duties

This lessons discusses common fiduciary breach claims, consequences of a breach and prohibited transactions.

Fiduciary Liability


Plan Management

This lesson addresses various aspects of the plan document, amendments, Form 5500 and participant disclosures.


This lesson describes investment duties under ERISA, selection and monitoring best practices, and 404(c) protection.

Plan Investments


This lesson covers fee types, allocation methods,  revenue sharing and administrative vs, settlor expenses.

Plan Fees


Vendor Selection & Management

This lesson reviews how to properly evaluate and select vendors and service providers and outsourced 3(16) administrative services.


This lesson discusses fee litigation, DOL and IRS enforcement priorities, target date fund (TDF) selection and the DOL Conflict of Interest Rule.

Hot Topics for Fiduciaries


This lesson describes several landmark court decisions that provide “real life” lessons about the importance of a prudent fiduciary process. 

Litigation Lessons


Other Issues & Best Practices

This lesson addresses bonding and insurance, fiduciary governance/oversight structure and the importance of fiduciary process documentation.



Meet Your Instructor

Joshua P. Itzoe, CFP®, AIF® is a Co-Founder, Partner & Managing Director of Greenspring Advisors, one of the country's most well-known retirement plan advisory firms.  He's also the the author of Fixing the 401(k): What Fiduciaries Must Know (And Do) To Help Employees Retire Successfully.

Continuing Education Credit

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program is valid for 2.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠.

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Free Book

$15.95 value

Get a free copy of Fixing the 401(k): What Fiduciaries Need To Know (And Do) To Help Employees Retire Successfully.  For nearly a decade this has been one of the retirement industry’s most well-known books on fiduciary responsibility for defined contribution plans.

Sample RFP Template


You'll receive a sample Advisor RFP template that you can use to conduct due diligence.  You get more than 50 questions covering areas such as firm background, consulting experience, service team, fiduciary responsibility, investment services, fees and participant resources.

FeeMetri(k)s™ Discount

$95 value

Save $95 and pay only $500 per year for FeeMetri(k)s™, Greenspring's web-based fee benchmarking solutions.  FeeMetri(k)s™ turns decision-makers into fee experts in under 5 minutes by giving them the data and analytics they need to make informed decisions, negotiate wisely and manage fiduciary risk.