Education & Certificate Program


This program assists Alabama’s public personnel administrators to conduct their functions in a professional, effective, and efficient manner. The educational 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.



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.

Certification Programs

HR Professional and Specialist Program

HR Professional and Specialist Program

Application for Candidacy

Payroll Program

Payroll Certification Program

Application for Candidacy

Risk Management Program

Risk Management Certification Program

Application for Candidacy


AAPPA Exam Deadline April 2, 2018

AAPPA Exam Application



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 a partial 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. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time.  Questions?  Contact: Leslie Hamby at, or call 334-844-4782.



September 20-21, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Federal and State Laws

November 8-9, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Performance Appraisals & Employee Evaluation

March 28-29, 2019

Hoover  Registration 

Overview of Public Personnel Administration

October 3-4, 2019

Hoover  Registration  


Legal Foundations of Payroll Processing

April 13, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Payroll Processes Course 1

May 4, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Payroll Processes Course 2

June 15, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Accounting Foundations of Payroll Processes

July 20, 2018

Auburn   Registration


Risk Management Legal Foundations

February 23, 2018

Montgomery   Registration

Risk Management Basics

June 1, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Worker’s Compensation

August 10, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Safety and Health

November 2, 2018

Auburn   Registration

Benefits Administration

December 7, 2018

Auburn   Registration