Benefits Of Membership



There are many benefits to membership in the Northern Lights Chapter of the APA. Explore this page to discover how membership in the APA benefits you.


NLAC Membership . . .

has risen to over a 150 Payroll Professionals and continues to grow, demonstrating the high level of interest on the part of the payroll community participating in the wide range of activities available to NLAC members.

Anyone engaged in payroll administration . . .

and/or related fields is eligible for membership. NLAC proudly represents a true cross section of the payroll profession made up predominantly of payroll managers from all over the state.


Members enjoy a wide range of benefits:

Access to National APA Publication


Payroll Currently

APA's electronic biweekly payroll compliance newsletter is delivered free to members by e-mail as a benefit of APA membership. Now in its 15th year, Payroll Currently features include Payroll Solutions, an in-depth Q & A; Inside Washington, the latest from the APA's Government Relations office; a subject index of the current year's issues; and a monthly compliance calendar. Current issue and archive available in the Reading Room.



The APA's official membership publication, PAYTECH is the industry's primary source for information about payroll and related fields. The monthly magazine covers payroll management, technology, new and pending legislation, professional development, and trends that are shaping the payroll industry and profession. Departments include Chapter Network, Direct Deposit Directions, Payroll Points, State Issues and Government Corner. An electronic version of PAYTECH is available in the Reading Room.



The APA's monthly e-magazine, PAYTECHonline is the sister publication to PAYTECH magazine. PAYTECHonline presents payroll-related news in a convenient format. Members scan the news in digest form and then click on links to go to the complete stories on the PAYTECHonline web pages. PAYTECHonline provides the latest news on tax legislation and compliance, updates on payroll technology, links to government agencies and vendors, payroll buyer's guides, news from local chapters, previews of upcoming payroll events, and materials that cannot appear in the printed PAYTECH due to space limitations. View current issue.


Pay News Network

The APA is launching a new network for payroll news and updates -- Pay News Network (PNN). This video webcast will provide updates on payroll, accounts payable and association news. View current webcast.


Compliance Updates

APA members receive breaking payroll news on laws, regulations, and forms via e-mail and on APA's Web site. As liaison to government agencies impacting payroll, the APA delivers authoritative updates on federal and state legislative and regulatory developments.


APA Web Site

Members have exclusive access to content reserved for APA members when they log in to the APA Web site. These resources include a searchable databases of the membership, electronic versions of Member Publications,  special reports,  and downloadable forms and publications.


On the public portion of the Web site, you can shop at the APA Store, order APA products, register online for APA seminars and conferences, visit the Paycard Portal and much more.


Representation in Washington, DC

The APA works to influence the legislative and regulatory processes that so greatly impact payroll's daily environment by testifying at Congressional, Treasury, and IRS hearings and meetings. The APA also influences the operational and policy decisions of the IRS, SSA, and the Department of Labor by sending representatives to sit on prestigious federal advisory committees and participate in dozens of industry meetings with the government each year. From recommending changes to employment tax forms to commenting and testifying on payroll regulations and law changes, the APA provides the leadership expected from a professional association.


Promoting the Payroll Profession

NLAC continually strives to increase awareness of the importance of payroll and the payroll professional's role in the U.S. business community and among the general public. Developing cooperative relationships with related associations in the human resources, accounting, tax, and finance arenas; advertising in major business publications; educating the public through NPW's National Education Day; and promoting payroll through National Payroll Week -- all are examples of steps APA has taken toward accomplishing this goal. APA is frequently called upon by national media to provide perspective on payroll and related issues.


Payroll Certification Study Groups - Certifying Payroll Career Success

The American Payroll Association offers two professional certifications: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).


The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)

is an exam-based certification designed specifically for (1) entry-level payroll practitioners; (2) payroll, HR, and finance consultants; (3) sales, service, and technology professionals interfacing with payroll operations; and (4) systems analysts and engineers developing and implementing payroll software solutions.


Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)
The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation is an exam based certification attained by individuals who possess a high level of professional competency through both the acquisition of knowledge and direct payroll experience.


Payroll Education Grants

The chapter helps to promote by recommending members each year, for one of the APA's six Payroll Education Grants to encourage the professional development of APA members. The largest grant includes one registration and round-trip travel to the APA Congress, registration for any or all APA seminars for one year, and all APA products and publications for one year. APA awards another five grants, two of which provide recipients with free seminar registrations, and three of which provide free copies of The Payroll Source.

In addition to the APA Payroll Education Grants, Kronos Incorporated awards one Kronos Payroll Education Grant and one Kronos Payroll Publication Grant. Each grant applicant must be an active APA member in good standing with a minimum of 3 years working in the payroll profession. APA employees and officers, members of the APA Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and National Speakers Bureau are not eligible for these grants.

Application and details about the 2009 Education Grants.

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