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My Image FileAre you looking to become a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)?  

The Certification Board of the APA requires that payroll professionals fulfill ONE of the following criteria before they are eligible to take the Certified Payroll Professional Exam.

Criteria 1: The payroll professional has been practicing for at least a total of three years out of the five years preceding the date of the examination application.

Criteria 2: Before a candidate takes the CPP exam, the payroll professional has been employed in the practice of payroll for at least the last 24 months, and has completed within the last 24 months ALL of the courses with ONE of the following three options offered by the APA:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Criteria 3: Before a candidate takes the CPP exam, the payroll professional has been employed in the practice of payroll as defined in Criteria 1, for at least the last 18 months, has obtained the FPC designation, and has completed within the last 18 months, ALL of the courses within AT LEAST ONE of the following options offered by the APA:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

You do not have to be an APA member to apply for or take this exam. As a first step, all candidates must download the CPP Candidate Handbook.

 


 

My Image FileDo you want to obtain your Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)?  

The Fundamental Payroll Certification is open to all those who wish to demonstrate a baseline of payroll competency. The FPC is designed for:

  • Entry-level payroll professionals
  • Sales consultants serving the payroll industry
  • Systems engineers supporting payroll systems
  • Payroll service bureau client representatives