APA offers two levels of certification — the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).
Education and Experience Prerequisites
To apply for the FPC or CPP, you must meet all education and experience prerequisites outlined below:
Fundamental Payroll Certification
- The FPC exam is designed specifically for fundamental–level payroll practitioners, sales professionals, consultants, and others who support the payroll industry.
- No eligibility requirements. Visit here for more information on the FPC exam.
Certified Payroll Professional
- The CPP exam is designed for experienced payroll professionals, managers, and supervisors. It places emphasis on higher-level skills, including management and payroll systems.
- Must meet experience and education requirements. Visit here for CPP eligibility criteria.
CPP and FPC exam testing windows are held twice a year, during March-April and September-October, in more than 400 locations in North America. CPP and FPC exams are also available year-round to those who participate in Payroll 101 and Payroll 201 at APA’s Payroll Learning Centers, and to international and military candidates based outside North America.