| The FPC is a certification credential for payroll beginners and service and support professionals with payroll knowledge. There are no payroll experience requirements to take this exam.|
Exam Windows - Northern Americas
Spring 2016 - Mar 26 - Apr 23, 2016 - registration opens 1/19/16
Fall 2016 - Sep 17 - Oct 15, 2016 - registration opens 7/19/16
About the Exam
For CPP and FPC exams administered September 19, 2015 through September 16, 2016, questions should be answered based on Federal laws and regulations in effect as of 1/1/2015.
For CPP and FPC exams administered September 17, 2016 through September 15, 2017, questions should be answered based on Federal laws and regulations in effect as of 1/1/2016.
Mid-year changes are NOT reflected on the exams.
Learning Center Testing Opportunities
Attendees of Payroll 101: Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program and Payroll 201: The Payroll Administration Certificate Program at APA's Learning Centers in Las Vegas and San Antonio will have the opportunity to take their respective certification exam at the end of each course. Yes, that means year-round!
If you wish to take the exam at the conclusion of APA's Payroll 101 or Payroll 201 course, DO NOT make exam reservations through Pearson Vue. Candidates can register through APA's website for the course. The examination fee can also be paid online with course registration. If you are unable to pay for the examination online, please contact [email protected] for the registration form. If you have any questions about registration or paying for the exam, please contact the Certification Department by email or call (210) 226-4600.
The Payroll 101 and Payroll 201 courses should not be considered the only method of study for these exams. These testing opportunities are only recommended as a review for candidates that have already studied and are ready to take the exams. Successful candidates who shared their study secrets with us have indicated that they engage in a minimum of 6 to 12 weeks of preparation before taking the FPC exam and a minimum of 3 to 4 months before taking the CPP exam.
The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam is available on the Friday afternoon at the conclusion of all Payroll 101: Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program courses in Las Vegas and San Antonio. Advance registration is required.
The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam is available on Friday afternoon at the conclusion of all Payroll 201: The Payroll Administration Certificate Program courses in Las Vegas and San Antonio. Advance registration is required.
International Testing Opportunities
The APA administers the FPC and CPP exams at over 180 locations internationally. For complete registration instructions, fees and how to find international testing locations, candidates can download the FPC or CPP Candidate Handbook. Examinations are delivered ONLY in English and are based on U.S. federal rules and regulations. After reading the Candidate Examiniation handbook and submitting and receiving approval of your application by the APA you may register for international testing with Pearson VUE.
Military Testing Opportunities
APA administers the FPC and CPP examinations at all DANTES locations in the United States through Pearson VUE. 100% of the cost of the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exams are approved for reimbursement to eligible military and certain family members through the G.I. Bill of the Department of Veterans Affairs. For detailed information, log onto their website at http://www.gibill.va.gov Download the Candidate Examination Handbook for complete registration instructions, fees and how to find testing locations.
Study and Training Resources
The candidate for certification is advised to consult a variety of sources to prepare for either of the certification exams. The exam handbooks contain a list of suggested references.
The candidate can obtain study materials from the APA and attend APA preparation courses. APA courses are also approved to achieve recertification. Training and resources are available in a variety of formats including books, training courses, Web-based training, and Local Chapter Study Groups.
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