Education and Certification Programs


Those eligible to achieve certification are public personnel administrators, professionals, and administrative support staff who are responsible for various phases of personnel administration and employed in an Alabama governmental organization.



Through successful completion of specified coursework and a comprehensive examination, individuals achieve the designation of “Alabama Certified Human Resource Professional or Alabama Certified Human Resource Specialist.”



With the support and sponsorship of the Government and Economic Development Institute Auburn University, the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, the Alabama League of Municipalities, the education program maintains a focus on issues that are pertinent to public personnel in Alabama.

HR Professional and Specialist Program

AAPPA Certification Program Description

AAPPA Application for Candidacy

Payroll Program

AAPPA Payroll Certification Program Description

AAPPA Payroll Certification Candidacy Application

Risk Management Program

AAPPA Risk Management Certification Program Description

AAPPA Risk Certification Candidacy Application

Scholarship Application

M.C. Scholarship Application 2021

Deadline May 7, 2021

Barbara Montoya Scholarship Application 2021

Deadline May 31, 2021

 AAPPA Exam- June 11, 2021 

Deadline to submit: April 16, 2021

AAPA Exam Application June 11, 2021._ADA.pdf

Now Offering Hybrid Classes  

***Hybrid AAPPA courses are now available to program participants--please contact McKenzie Cooper, at for further information pertaining to the virtual requirements.

Course Registration Information

Course Registration/Cancellation Rule:  Provided that space is available, receipt of the registration form, email, or online enrollment constitutes registration.  Written cancellations, received fifteen (15) working days prior to the beginning of the program will be honored with refund of the registration fee, but will be assessed a $50 administrative charge.  Due to commitments to instructors and meeting facilities, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded and full payment is required.  Substitutes for registered participants may be made at any time.  Questions?  Contact:, or call 334-844-4782.

2021 AAPPA Certification Training

New Link to Register for All Courses

 Online Registration 

AAPPA Certification

Job Analysis and Job Descriptions (Group 3)

March 18-19, 2021 (12 hours) $240

Location: Auburn 

Compensation and Job Evaluation (Group 2)

April 29-30, 2021 (12 hours) $240

Location: Auburn

Training and Development

May 13, 2021

Location: Huntsville, Al

Pre-Conference Forum 

July 28, 2021 (6 hours)

Location: Mobile 

Overview of Public Personnel Administration (Group 1)

September 30 - October 1, 2021 (16 hours) $270

Location: Auburn


ACPS: Legal Foundations of Payroll Processing

April 2, 2021  (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACPS: Payroll Processes Course 1

May 7, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACPS: Payroll Processes Course 2

June 25, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACPS: Accounting Foundations of Payroll Processes

July 23, 2021   (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn


ACRMS: Risk Management Legal Foundations

February 19, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Montgomery

ACRMS: Risk Management Basics

April 23, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Workers Compensation

August 6, 2021  (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Risk Safety & Health

October 15, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Risk Benefits 

November 5, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

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