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® Mastery course and approximately 24 hours to complete the PayTrain® Fundamentals course

Please note:

The 2024 PayTrain® Fundamentals and PayTrain® Mastery materials cover content tested on the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 FPC/CPP exams. Purchase the 2024 materials if you plan to sit during these test windows. Purchasers of the 2024 materials will have access to the online portion until September 6, 2025.


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 2024, please contact Abby Fett to determine which preparation materials to purchase. Email Abby at [email protected] or call +1-888-852-6664 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT).