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Approved Provider Program

The APA has implemented a pre-approval program for payroll education courses, seminars, and conferences offered by third-party educational providers effective September 1, 2006.

The American Payroll Association (APA) provides payroll professionals the ability to demonstrate their payroll knowledge through the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exams.

The payroll certifications are an industry standard used by employers recruiting payroll personnel.

FPCs and CPPs have the option to maintain their certification through continuing payroll education. The subject matter of continuing education must fall within the Payroll Body of Knowledge as defined by the content outlines of the FPC and CPP exams. FPCs must earn a minimum of 60 qualifying recertification credit hours (RCH) within a three-year period and CPPs must earn a minimum of 120 qualifying RCHs within a five-year period to recertify through continuing education.

APA recommends that providers of payroll education enroll in the program and become designated as an Approved Provider of RCHs. The process requires the submission of all payroll education programs for approval. Changes or additions must be submitted to APA for approval.

Payroll education programs offered after September 1, 2006 that have not been approved will be removed from any FPC/CPP's RCH listing and will not count toward their recertification.

For a detailed explanation of the Approved Provider Program please see the application .

If you are a provider of payroll education and would like to submit an application to become an Approved Provider, download the Application and Course Submission form and email them to [email protected].


View a list of 2014 Approved Providers and their programs.

Please direct questions to APA's Certification Department at 210-226-4600 or by email to [email protected].



CPP Recertification
To recertify through continuing education for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation, an individual must accumulate a minimum of 120 qualifying recertification credit hours (RCHs) over the five-year recertification period. Upon verification of RCHs by the American Payroll Association (APA), a recertification sticker certifying the individual for another five-year period is sent to the individual for placement on their original certificate.
FPC Recertification
To recertify through continuing education for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) designation, an individual must accumulate a minimum of 60 qualifying recertification credit hours (RCHs) over the three-year recertification period. Upon verification of RCHs by the American Payroll Association (APA), a recertification sticker certifying the individual for another three-year period is sent to the individual for placement on their original certificate.
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