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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.

Margaret Casey Scholarship-2023.pdfHR 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

Margaret Casey Scholarship Application 2023

Deadline May 31, 2023

Barbara Montoya Scholarship Application 2023

Deadline  May 31, 2023

 AAPPA Exam- June 9, 2023

Deadline to submit: April 14, 2023**No Exceptions

AAPA Exam Application June 9, 2023._ADA.pdf

Now Offering Hybrid Classes  

***Hybrid AAPPA courses are now available to program participants--please contact  gedi@auburn.edu 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: gedi@auburn.edu, or call 334-844-4782.

2023 AAPPA Certification Training

New Link to Register for All Courses

 Online Registration 

AAPPA Certification

Recruitment, Selection, Retention (Group 3)

 March 16-17, 2023  (12 hours) $290

Location: Auburn 

Overview of Alabama Public Personnel Administration (Group1)

May 11-12, 2023 (18 hours) $320

Location: Auburn


June 9, 2023

Deadline to register is April 14, 2023 

Location: Auburn 

AAPPA Problem Sharing Forum (CE Only)

 August 16, 2023  (6 hours) 

Location: Point Clear, Al

Training & Development (Group 4)

Compensation & Job Evaluation (Group 2)

September 14-15, 2023 (12 hours)  $290

Location: Auburn 


ACPS: Legal Foundations of Payroll Processing

March 31, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn

ACPS: Payroll Processes Course 1

May 5, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn

ACPS: Payroll Processes Course 2

June 16, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn

ACPS: Accounting Foundations of Payroll Processes

July 14, 2023   (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn


ACRMS: Risk Safety & Health

October 13, 2023 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Risk Benefits

November 3, 2023 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Risk Management Legal Foundations

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Risk Management Basics

April 21, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Workers Compensation

August 4, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Safety & Health

October 13, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn

ACRMS: Risk Benefits

November 3, 2023 (6 hours) $230

Location: Auburn


December 8, 2023 

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