Alabama Association of Public Personnel Administrators

Education and Certification Program

Overview

For more than a decade, the Government and Economic Development Institute at Auburn University, the Alabama League of Municipalities, and the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, have participated in an educational certification program to assist Alabama public personnel administrators
and staff members carry out personnel functions more professionally, effectively and efficiently.
Alabama public personnel administrators, professionals, and administrative support staff who are responsible for various phases of personnel administration in an Alabama governmental organization are eligible to achieve certifications.

Program Objectives

Increase knowledge of various phases of modern public personnel administration

Develop skills necessary to carry out the various phases of modern personnel administration

Develop and maintain high standards of public personnel administration

Increase professionalism in public personnel administration

Curriculum leading to the designation of Certified Human Resource Professional or Certified Human Resource Specialist fulfills these objectives. Other individuals, elected officials and personnel board members are eligible to earn a certificate in public personnel administration.

Curriculum Requirements

HR Professional Designation

Required courses include:
(1) Overview of Alabama Public Personnel Administration (16 Hrs.); (2) Federal and State Laws in Human Resources (16 Hrs.); and
(3) FLSA and Other Federal Laws Administered by the DOL (16 Hrs.) Other course Requirements:
(4) Minimum 12 coursework hours from the Group 2: Personnel Administration Track.
(5) Minimum 12 coursework hours from the Group 3: Human Resource Management Track. (6) Minimum 6 coursework hours from the Group 4: Selected Issues course offerings
(7) Minimum 12 elective coursework hours from Group 2, 3, or 4.

Total Required Hours: 90

HR Specialist Designation

Required courses include:
(1) Overview of Alabama Public Personnel Administration (16 Hrs.); (2) Federal and State Laws in Human Resources (16 Hrs.); and
Other course Requirements:
(3) Minimum 18 coursework hours from the Group 2: Personnel Administration Track or
Group 3: Human Resource Management Track specialization.
(4) Minimum 6 coursework hours from the Group 4: Selected Issues course offerings
(5) Minimum 30 elective coursework hours from Group 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Total Required Hours: 86

Certificate in Human Resource Administration

Individuals enrolled in the education program provided through AAPPA, elected officials interested in public personnel administration, other public administrators, and personnel board members may apply to earn a certificate in public personnel administration. Required courses include:
(1) Successful completion of 80 hours (untested) of approved course work.
(2) Demonstrated interest and commitment to the goals of the Alabama Association of
Public Personnel Administrators.

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Courses

Course Title

Hours

Group 1: Required Core Courses

Overview of Alabama Public Personnel Administration (Professionals and

Specialists)

16

Federal and State Laws (Professionals and Specialists)

16

FLSA, FMLA, USERRA and Other DOL Laws (Required for Professionals

Only)

16

Group 2: Human Resource Administration Track

Compensation and Job Evaluation

12

Alabama Certified Payroll Specialist Classes

6

Alabama Risk Management Certification Specialist Classes

6

Other

6

Group 3: Human Resource Management Track

Job Analysis and Job Descriptions

12

Recruitment, Selection and Retention

12

Performance Appraisals and Employee Evaluation

12

Group 4: Selected Issues in Public Human Resource Management

Training and Development

6

Motivation

6

Dealing with the Troubled Employee

6

Developing and Maintaining Personnel Policies and Procedures (e.g. Sexual

Harassment, Discrimination, Personnel Records, etc)

12

Establishing a System: Working with Elected Officials, Department Heads and Supervisors

6

Special Topics

6

Examination

The exam will be objective and short answer essay reflecting the content of each applicant’s individual coursework. The Case Study option is available for those taking the Specialist Certification Program.

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Certification Maintenance:

Twenty-four hours of approved courses must be successfully completed every two years to maintain certification. These hours may consist of any courses described in the AAPPA, Payroll Certification, or Risk Management Certification curriculum, which have not already been taken within the last five years,
and attendance and participation in the Annual Conference (six hours), and attendance and
participation in the pre-conference courses/workshops (six hours).
For re-certification purposes, 12 hours of course credit must be completed through courses offered by the AAPPA, in accordance with guidelines as noted in the AAPPA Education Description. Participants may receive up to 12 hours of credit from courses recognized by the following national organizations: HRCI, SHRM, IPMA, CLE. Please send verification of attendance to the Government & Economic Development Institute, 213 Extension Hall, Auburn, AL 36849-5225.

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