"I highly recommend PayTrain to prepare for the CPP exam! The online tools are essential for understanding the material and are an outstanding tool to track individual progress and achievement from beginning to end. PayTrain also offers a great method to re-evaluate and review areas that need additional reinforcement."

Cheryl L. Thomas, CPP
Senior Payroll Tax Specialist
Caterpillar, Inc.


The PayTrain course offers two learning options: self-directed or instructor-assisted.

PayTrain Self-Directed Course

  • Course includes printed textbooks and web-based software
  • Allows you to study when and where it’s most convenient
  • Ideal for self-starters and those with unpredictable schedules
  • Anticipate spending approximately 40 hours to complete the course

Instructor-Assisted Course

  • Course includes printed textbooks, online software, and online instruction
  • Online instructor provides weekly assignments and feedback
  • Discussion boards and an “Ask the Instructor” feature provide interaction and feedback opportunities
  • The course syllabus helps eliminate procrastination, ensuring completion of the course in a specified period of time
  • Anticipate spending 3.5 hours/week for 12 weeks to complete the course


PayTrain 2017*: Instructor-Assisted Schedule
Prepare for the FALL 2017 or SPRING 2018 CPP exam


Please note: *Purchase PayTrain 2016 materials if you are preparing for the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 CPP exam or if you are using the program for professional development (not certification preparation). See below if you are an international or military purchaser. Purchasers of PayTrain 2016 will have access to the online portion of the program through September 20, 2017.

International and military purchasers: If you are preparing to take the CPP certification exam at an international testing site or a military testing center before September 1, 2017, please contact Mike Downs to determine which preparation materials to purchase. Email Mike Downs at or call +1-888-852-6664 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT).