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

Barbara Montoya Scholarship Application 2020

 AAPPA Exam- Dec. 11, 2020 

Deadline to submit: October 23, 202

AAPA Exam Application December 11 2020_ADA.pdf

Now Offering Hybrid Classes  

Registration is now available for the courses at under the Education tab – 2020 schedule is provided below. *** If you are selecting the online option, you must register for the class and NOTIFY the program manager, McKenzie Cooper, at of your format selection. If you are attending the course in-person, then you do NOT have to email your selection choice.

2020 Hybrid Schedule:

  • FLSA, FMLA, USERRA and Other DOL Laws

October 1 - 2, 2020 (16 hours), Auburn, $270

  • ACRMS: Risk Safety & Health

October 16, 2020 (6 hours), Auburn, $180

  • ACPS: Payroll Processes I

October 29, 2020 (6 hours), Auburn, $180

  • ACPS: Payroll Processes II

October 30, 2020 (6 hours), Auburn $180

  • ACRMS: Risk Benefits

November 6, 2020 (6 hours), Auburn $180

  • Federal and State Laws

November 19-20, 2020 (16 hours), Auburn, $270

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.

2020 AAPPA Certification Training

New Link to Register for All Courses

Online Registration 

Recruitment, Selection and Retention

August 20-21, 2020 (12 hours) $240

Location: Auburn 


October 1-2, 2020 (16 hours) $270

Location: Auburn

Federal and State :Laws- (Group 1)

November 19-20, 2020 (16 hours) $270

Location: Auburn

Job Analysis and Job Descriptions- (Group 3) 

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

Location: Montgomery

Compensation and Job Evaluation (Group 2)

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

Location: Auburn

Overview of Public Personnel Administration (Group 1)

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

Location: Auburn


Accounting Foundations of Payroll Processes

July 31, 2020 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

Payroll Processes Course 1

October 29, 2020 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

Payroll Processes Course 2

October 30, 2020 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

Legal Foundations of Payroll Processing

April 2, 2021   (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn


Workers Compensation

August 7, 2020 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

Risk Safety & Health

October 16, 2020 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

Risk Benefits

November 6, 2020 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

Risk Management Legal Foundations

February 19, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Montgomery

Risk Management Basics

April 23, 2021 (6 hours) $180

Location: Auburn

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