About APA

An overview of the American Payroll Association (APA), including its vision and mission, membership benefits, professional certification, publications, and education offerings.

Vision Statement

The American Payroll Association is the leading advocate for the advancement of payroll professionals and a catalyst for connecting the payroll industry with employers and government. Our vision is to create opportunities and forge a community by providing the education, skills, and resources necessary for payroll professionals to become successful leaders and strategic partners within their organizations.

Mission Statement

The American Payroll Association is the professional society for Payroll Professionals. Founded in 1982 it is run by a professional staff under the direction of the Executive Director, the member President, and Board of Directors. The Association pursues the following objectives:

  1. To increase the Payroll Professional's skill level through education and mutual support.
  2. To obtain recognition for payroll work as practiced in today's business and legislative environments and as a professional discipline.
  3. To represent the Payroll Professional on the federal, state and local level.
  4. To provide public service education on payroll and employment issues.


Anyone engaged in payroll administration and/or related fields is eligible for APA membership. APA proudly represents a true cross section of the payroll profession made up predominantly of payroll managers from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, with a growing constituency in Canada and other foreign nations, whose payroll informational needs are as diverse as the number of employees paid and as demanding as the number of states and countries in which they pay.
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APA sets the standards for payroll excellence though certification programs at two levels. Explore the benefits of certification for you and your staff.
Fundamental Payroll Certification
Certified Payroll Professional

Professional Publications

APA publishes an updated library of publications supporting payroll compliance, research, and education.

Professional Education

APA offers comprehensive education for payroll professionals, including a full slate of training courses and conferences.
Training is available in a variety of formats including live classroom training, eLearning, virtual classrooms, webinars and webinars on demand.



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The Mirage
Las Vegas, NV
June 9-13, 2014

31st Annual CPA Conference

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Toronto, ON
June 17-20, 2014

SHRM Conference

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
June 22-25, 2014

APA has over 150 local chapters in locations nationwide. These autonomous groups provide a support network for members and are critical to the Association's mission. APA's Local Chapters

APA Local Chapters conduct study groups for CPP and FPC exam preparation. Consult this list for a study group in your area.

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