Study at your own pace, where and when it’s convenient for you with the Self-Study learning option.

The Self-Study option allows you to prepare to pass the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam, using comprehensive reading materials and interactive online tools, available 24/7. You have the freedom to structure your daily, weekly, or even monthly FPC or CPP study goals around your busy or unpredictable schedule.


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  • Course includes comprehensive learning modules along with interactive exercises, quizzes, and flashcards
  • 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 PayTrain® course and approximately 24 hours to complete the PayTrain® Fundamentals course

Please note:

If you are preparing for the Spring 2021 FPC or CPP exam, purchase 2020 materials.

If you are preparing for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 FPC/CPP exam, purchase the 2021 materials. The 2021 program will be available for purchase beginning March 16, 2021. Purchasers of the 2021 materials will have access to the online portion until September 17, 2022.

International and military purchasers: If you are preparing to take the FPC or CPP certification exam at an international testing site or a military testing center before September 2021, please contact Mike Downs to determine which preparation materials to purchase. Email Mike Downs at [email protected] or call +1-888-852-6664 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT).