APA certification is a valuable, objective credential that verifies a specified level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the payroll profession. Certification helps individuals demonstrate their payroll expertise, secure promotions, advance their careers, and enhance their standing within the profession.


APA offers two levels of certification -- the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). The exams are administered at more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. (Please see below for Military and International Testing opportunities)


It is the responsibility of each examination candidate to download and read the applicable FPC or CPP Examination Candidate Handbook. Exceptions will not be made for candidates that do not read the handbook.


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Prepare yourself for the CPP and FPC Exams




Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)

The CPP is a certification credential for those with payroll knowlede and experience.

Overview information

Content outline

Download CPP Candidate Examination Handbook


CPP Exam Testing Windows (offered at test sites throughout the U.S.)


Register with Pearson VUE for the CPP Exam



Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)

The FPC is a certification credential for payroll beginners and service and support professionals with payroll knowledge. There are no payroll experience requirements to take this exam.


Overview information
Content outline

Download FPC Candidate Examination Handbook



To obtain copies of approved RCH meetings through the Chapter to include in members recertification packets please click on the Approved Chapter Meetings link with the appropriate year and look for ALASKA


Approved Provider Program

Effective September 1, 2006, APA has instituted an Approved Provider program for organizations that present payroll education.


Approved Providers: 2011 :: 2010 :: 2009 :: 2008 :: 2006-07


Approved Chapter Meetings: 2011 :: 2010 :: 2009 :: 2008 :: 2006-07


NLAC Hosts study group programs every testing period - for additional information look to the Events Page for details



If you have any questions contact the certification department at [email protected] or 210-226-4600.





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