About APA

Established in 1982, the American Payroll Association is the nation's leader in payroll education, publications, and training. APA conducts payroll training conferences and seminars across the country and publishes a complete library of resource texts and newsletters. Representing more than 20,000 members, APA is the industry's highly respected and collective voice in Washington, D.C.

View a brief History of the American Payroll Association for a glimpse into APA's background and successes.

Vision Statement

American Payroll Association's 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 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.

Core Values

The following APA core values and beliefs define what's important to our organization, so that we can most effectively benefit yours.

Leadership - We possess a vision that encourages others to learn, innovate, and share insight. We motivate others to make a positive difference in their own lives with courage and integrity today and in the future.

Teamwork - Everything we do is a team effort. We inspire, challenge, respect, and support team members to be their best and always maintain positive working relationships.

Passion - We are devoted to fulfilling APA's mission by providing education with enthusiasm and constantly striving to learn, develop and improve in all that we do.

Excellence - We know that our members have to be 100% accurate in their jobs, so we do not settle for anything less in what we do in service to our members.

Empowerment - We are empowered to solve problems, suggest ideas for improvement, and propose new programs to better serve our membership.

Diversity - We continuously build and encourage a mindset that celebrates the uniqueness among persons, ideas, and values.

Fun - We have fun at work, which leads to a dynamic company culture. A dynamic company culture boosts productivity. We work hard but we play hard too!


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.




To review APA's current activities, organizational structure, financial performance, and member volunteer participation, view the Annual Report.


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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