​Fiduciary Responsibility for ERISA Plans

E-Learning Course

magnifying glass checklist

The Employer Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) introduced the concept of fiduciary responsibility for those overseeing and dealing with private employee benefit plans. This course is designed to identify benefit plan fiduciaries, their roles, and their duties. Breach of fiduciary duty can lead to personal fines and lawsuits. Plan sponsors and trustees are at risk of being audited by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) or Internal Revenue Service (IRS), paying fines or being sued by plan participants. This course is designed to help fiduciaries understand and carry out their responsibilities faithfully. 

The definition of a fiduciary under ERISA has fluctuated in the past decade. In 2016, the DOL published a rule expanding the definition of who is considered a fiduciary, but the rule had mixed support, and the rule was vacated by a federal court in June 2018.

In December 2020, the DOL finalized a best interest standard (effective February 16, 2021), which is designed to align fiduciary duties with respect to employee benefit plans under ERISA with the fiduciary duties of registered investment advisers under securities laws. In April 2021, the DOL published FAQ guidance. This course aims to describe how fiduciary responsibility is determined after May 2021. 

Certificate in ERISA Compliance logo

This course counts toward the Certificate in ERISA Compliance​. Earn your certificate to understand ERISA general requirements, the role of the fiduciary, how ERISA impacts various plans and more. Learn more.

Two-Credit Course

Price: $110 Members
($170 Nonmembers)

Order Now

Why Choose E-Learning?


Navigate the course at a pace that fits your learning style.


Learn on your schedule—without the inconvenience of time away from the office.

Expert-Created Content

Take a deep-dive into a topic with content developed by industry leaders.


Save when you choose affordably-priced training with no additional travel costs.



Contact us at (888) 334-3327, option 3 or elearning@ifebp.org.

Contact us at (833) 886-3749, option 3 or elearning@ifebp.org.

Team Training

Take advantage of special discounted pricing when you train your team with this e-learning course.

Continuing Education

This course may qualify for CEBS compliance or continuing education (CE) credit.


In order to achieve a more secure and compliant experience, we no longer support Internet Explorer. Please use one of the browsers listed below:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari

View our system requirements for more details.