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This program assists Alabama's public personnel administrators to conduct their functions in a professional, effective, and efficient manner.  The education curriculum is designed to provide the legal, theoretical and  practical knowledge required to develop and implement effective and legally sound personnel policies, practices, and procedures.

Certification Programs

  • AAPPA Professional and Specialist Program

  • Payroll Certification Program

  • Risk Management Program

GEDI Website Access- https://auburn.edu/outreach/gedi/ppa/

What is AAPPA-HR?

Alabama Association of Public Personnel Administrators is a non-profit organizations whose members work in state, county, municipal governments, public utilities and regional planning commissions.  Any person working in public sector HR is eligible for membership.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the uncertainty of its continued spread in Alabama, all classes are being held in various formats. We have some classes being held in the classroom where safety precautions are being implemented including the requirement of masks during the classes. Several classes are being transferred to online formats and some classes will be held in a hybrid format (in classroom and online). If you need further information about a class scheduled, contact us at gedi@auburn.edu 

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AAPPA Professional Development and Certification Programs
Alabama Certified HR Professional, Alabama Certified HR Specialist, Payroll Specialist, and Risk Management Specialist

Those who are reporting continuing education for AAPPA, ACPS, or ACRMS will only report on the year in which their certification is due or if they are delinquent in their reporting. The CE Reporting Portal will be available from the first Friday in August to the last Friday in October. All hours reported must be taken prior to September 1st of the reporting year. The online reporting portal is found at this link https://www.auburn.edu/outreach/gedi/ppa/  

Please complete the form at the Continuing Education Portal and be sure to list all classes, workshops, conferences, etc. that you have attended in the last two years. For those classes, workshops, conferences, etc. that were taken outside of GEDI, you need to upload all proof of attendance as well as passing grades (if necessary) when you upload your signed statement of accuracy. At the end of the application form, you will be asked to sign a disclosure page that provides space to list all classes, conferences, workshops, or seminars taken outside of GEDI.

You will then scan the signature page along with all proof of attendance and completion of outside classes into one file and upload documentation. This will be all hours attended that are recognized by HRCI, SHRM, IPMA, and CLE as well as any training provided by the Alabama Association of Public Personnel Administrators. GEDI is no longer able to record any training taken outside of the GEDI classes provided.

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