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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We are offering HRPA Certificate Program via Zoom.  Please register online and we will send you Zoom invitation via email.

UPCOMING SESSIONS: STARTING OCTOBER 2023: HRPA Virtual Class Schedule 2023-24

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: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
102: Introduction to Labor and Employment Law                                                 
Presenter: Seth Mehrten, Barsamian & Moody
103: Recruitment, Selection & Retention
Presenter: Priscila Cisneros, Western Growers
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: Harrison Steed, PickTrace
108: Management and Leadership for HRM Professionals 
Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
202: Workers’ Compensation in California
Presenter: Fred Martinez, Zenith Insurance Company

September 14, 2023 from 10 to 11:15 AM   

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This month’s topic is Payroll Compliance
Flier: APMA Special Webinar Series Sept 2023 Payroll



Flier and registration link: H-2A Cert Program online 2023

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 – August 2, 2023 – Deciding if the H-2A Program is What You Need, Preparing the Job Order, Filing the DOL ETA-790, ETA-9142AJeanne Malitz, Susan Quale & David Singh

Session 2 – August 9, 2023 – Obligations, Assurances & GuaranteesRebecca Hause-Schultz, Carmen Ponce & Jason Resnick

Session 3 – August 16, 2023 – The Details and Practical ConsiderationsJeanne Malitz,  Susan Quale & David Singh

Session 4  – August 23, 2023 – Accounting, Tax Issues & Benefits – Adam Kantrovich & Lorie Maring

Session 5 – August 30, 2023 – Housing, Transportation, and Food ServiceCarmen Ponce, Ruben Lugo & Matthew Weise

Session 6 – September 6, 2023 – Workers’ Compensation; Adverse Effect Wage Rates & Litigation UpdatesFred Martinez , Ashli Sturgill & Rebecca Hause-Shultz

Session 7 – September 13, 2023 – H-2ALC — Farm Labor Contractor Jason Resnick, Sonny Rodriguez & Christina Shallanberger

Session 8 – September 20, 2023 – Audits and Investigations,  Special Circumstances – Rebecca Hause-Schultz, Carmen Ponce & Ruben Lugo

Session 9 (In-person) – September 27, 2023 – Best Practices & Final Comments, Graduation Ceremony

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Special Event: “Wake Up to How Technology Can Lighten Your Workload”
September 20, 2023
8  – 10 am
Salinas Sports Complex

Join us for an exclusive breakfast briefing hosted by Western Growers in collaboration with FIRA USA and co-sponsored by Datatech and APMA: FIRA HR Breakfast Briefing Sep 20th 

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.