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

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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 SESSION: HR 108 on May 4 & 5, 2023

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. 

101: Elements of Human Resource Management   
Presenter: Anna Bilderbach, Western Growers
102: Introduction to Labor and Employment Law                                                 
Presenter: Seth Mehrten, Barsamian & Moody
103: Recruitment, Selection & Retention
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
104: Managing Employee Compensation                                                               
Presenter: Karen Timmins, Western Growers
105: Managing Employee Benefit Programs 
Presenter: David Nikssarian, Nikssarian Insurance Services
106: Human Resource Development 
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
107: Information and Cost Analysis in HRM                                       
Presenter: Anna Bilderbach, Western Growers
108: Management and Leadership for HRM Professionals 
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
202: Workers’ Compensation in California
Presenter: Fred Martinez, Zenith Insurance Company

2020 HRPA graduating class

2020 HRPA graduation list 2nd class 

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


2023 Yuma / Winterhaven H-2A Stakeholder Meeting
Flier: H-2A Roundtable January 2023 flier
Please click her to register.



This in-depth educational certificate program is designed to broaden an individual’s knowledge to better navigate the complex H-2A program for both, the novice and experienced H-2A user.  Avoid the costly ramifications for misusing the H-2A program which can lead to devastating adverse consequences for your employees, your business and your industry.  

Session 1 – Deciding if the H-2A Program is What You Need, Preparing the Job Order, Filing the DOL ETA-790, ETA-9142A – Jeanne Malitz and David Singh

Session 2 – Obligations, Assurances & Guarantees – Carmen Ponce and Jason Resnick

Session 3 – The Details and Practical Considerations – Jeanne Malitz and Susan Quale

Session 4  – H-2ALC — Farm Labor Contractor – Carlos Castaneda and Jason Resnick

Session 5 – Housing, Transportation, and Food Service – Carmen Ponce, Ruben Lugo and Matthew Weise

Session 6 – Accounting, Tax Issues & Benefits – Adam Kantrovich and Lorie Maring

Session 7 – Workers’ Compensation – Fred Martinez

Session 8 – Audits and Investigations,  Special Circumstances – Rebecca Hause-Schultz, Carmen Ponce and Ruben Lugo

Session 9 (In-person) – Best Practices & Final Comments, Graduation Ceremony

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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.