Programs & Workshops

Human Resource Professional in Agricultural (HRPA)Julia Rubbo, HRPA Office Manager Valley Farm Management, Inc.

APMA Human Resource Professional in Agriculture Certificate Program has a unique focus on agriculture and incorporates a wide range of topics that will help HR professional advance to the next level. It was developed and now being presented by the leading consultants in the field. The program is designed for working adults, with classes scheduled strategically to minimize disruption to your work. We invite all HR professionals to complete this certificate program and stay current on various issues, from legal compliance to employee relations.  Graduates for this program will receive a prestigious designation of Human Resource Professional in Agriculture (HRPA).

New! To enter your HRPA Recertification Requirement please click here

To register online: Click Here

Due to COVID-19, we will be offering HRPA Certificate Program via Zoom.  Please register online and we will send you Zoom invitation via email.

UPCOMING SESSIONS: HRPA Virtual Class Schedule 2021.2

All sessions are offered in 2 parts from 9 AM to 12 PM.   

9 classes (6-hours each) are required for program certificate.  Classes can also be taken individually.  Please contact us 831-422-8023 if you have questions about the program. Each session is conducted in 2 Parts from 9 am to Noon.

AUGUST 18 (Part 1) & AUGUST 20 (Part 2) Flier: HR 101 Webinar 2021.2
101: Elements of Human Resource Management   
Presenter: Anna Bilderbach, Western Growers
AUGUST 30 (Part 1) & AUGUST 31 (Part 2) Flier: HR 102 Webinar 2021.2
102: Introduction to Labor and Employment Law                                                                
Presenter: Seth Mehrten, Barsamian & Moody
SEPTEMBER 16 (Part 1) & SEPTEMBER 17 (Part 2) Flier: HR 105 Webinar 2021.2
105: Managing Employee Benefit Programs
Presenter: David Nikssarian, Nikssarian Insurance Services
SEPTEMBER 27 (Part 1) & SEPTEMBER 29 (Part 2) Flier: HR 107 Webinar 2021.2
107: Information and Cost Analysis in HRM                                                          
Presenter: Anna Bilderbach, Western Growers
OCTOBER 12 (Part 1) & OCTOBER 13 (Part 2) Flier: HR 103 Webinar 2021.2
 103: Recruitment, Selection & Retention       
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
OCTOBER 25 (Part 1) & OCTOBER 26 (Part 2) Flier: HR 104 Webinar 2021.2
104: Managing Employee Compensation                                                               
Presenter: Karen Timmins, Western Growers
NOVEMBER 3 (Part 1) & NOVEMBER 5 (Part 2) Flier: HR 106 Webinar 2021.2
106: Human Resource Development
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
NOVEMBER 17 (Part 1) & NOVEMBER 19 (Part 2) Flier: HR 202 Webinar 2021.2
202: Workers’ Compensation in California
Presenter: Fred Martinez, Zenith Insurance Company
DECEMBER 8 (Part 1) & DECEMBER 9 (Part 2) Flier: HR 108 Webinar 2021.2
108: Management and Leadership for HRM Professionals                                                                                        
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company

2020 HRPA graduating class

2020 HRPA graduation list 2nd class 

2021 HRPA graduation list – Congratulations to all HRPA Certificate Program graduates!           


2021 Employment Law Update and Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19
January 19, 2021
9 am – 3 pm 
Please click here to view Event Page.
Webinar recording
Power Point presentation: PP 2021 Law Update
Handout: 2021 Labor and Employment Law Update
Links from Roundtable discussion: Links from Roundtable chat 1.19.2021         


Bi-Weekly Bull Sessions

Feb. 3, 2021 (Leg Update and Case Law) – Video and Power Point
Feb. 17, 2021 (COVID-19 Employer Prep) – Video and Power Point
March 3, 2021 (H-2A Updates) – Video and Power Point
March 17, 2021 (H-2A and COVID-19) – Video and Power Point
April 7, 2021 (COVID-Cal/OSHA, AB 685) – Video and Power Point 
April 21, 2021 (OSHA Citation Defense) – Video and Power Point
May 5, 2021 (COVID-Related Best Practices) – Video and Power Point
May 19, 2021 (ALRB Refresher) – Video and Power Point 
June 16, 2021 (Progressive Discipline) – Video and Power Point
July 7, 2021 (Cal/OSHA ETS) – Video and Power Point


APMA Monthly Virtual H-2A Roundtables Series

Flier with registration link: APMA Monthly Virtual H-2A Roundtables Series

Date:  November 18, 2021
Time:  10am to 12 noon PST/ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Guest Panel:  Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification (CNPC) panel and Department of Labor, Wage and Hour panel.

Date:  December 16, 2021
Time: 10am to 12 noon PST/ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Invited Guest Panel: U.S. Department of State, Consular Offices in various U.S. Mexican Consulate panel and Consular Offices from the Northern Triangle Countries panel- El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

 Date:  January 26, 2022
Time:  10am-12pm PST/1:00pm-3:00pm EST
Invited Guest Panel:  U.S. Custom and Immigration Service and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Date:  February 2022
Time:  10am-12pm PST
Invited Guest Panel (pending):  State of California Employment Development Department, Arizona Department of Employment Services, State of Oregon, State of Idaho and State of Washington

Date:  March 2022
Time:  10 am-12pm PST/1:00pm-3:00pm EST
Invited Guest Panel:  US. Department of AG, California Department of AG, Oregon Department of AG and Washington Department of AG



Employment Law Guidance in the Era of COVID-19
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 8:30am-11:00am
Location: Virtual
Presenters: Erica Rosasco, McKague Rosasco and James Gumberg, Patane Gumberg Avila
Power Point: Employment Law Guidance 5.6.2021 and Recording

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to encourage and develop creative leadership and effective personnel management within the agribusiness community. We accomplish this by disseminating information through area meetings, workshops, newsletters and bulletins, and our Annual Forum.