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FPC and CPP Recertification

Holding the designation of a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) is a valuable, objective credential that verifies a specified level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the payroll profession. In order to maintain the FPC or CPP designation, certificants must either earn Recertification Credit Hours (RCH) by attending qualified educational events or retake the respective certification examination.

Recertification Process

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Recertification Fees

Processing Fee
All recertifying designees are required to pay a recertification fee in conjunction with the submission of their recertification log. The recertification fee for the CPP designation is $75. The FPC designation recertification fee is $50.

Late Submission Fee
Recertification logs and/or fees received on or after February 15 of the of the year following the recertification year but prior to June 1 of the same year will be assessed a late fee of $25 in addition to the regular recertification fee of $75 for CPP or $50 for FPC.

Reinstatement Fee
Recertification logs and/ or fees received on or after June 1 of the year following the recertification year will be assessed a $60 reinstatement fee in addition to the regular recertification fee with the late fee of $25. Total reinstatement cost is $160 for CPP and $135 for FPC.

Pay Recertification Fees Online

  1. Login to the store using your APA ID and password. (If you do not know your login information, please contact Membership Services at 210-224-6406 or use the "Forgot Password" link.)
  2. After you have logged in, select the appropriate Recertification fee based on your expiration year and designation type.
  3. Follow the payment steps through checkout. You will receive an order confirmation via email.
  4. After payment has been submitted, please do not forget to submit your recertification log to [email protected].

Mandatory Audit

Ten percent of recertifying designees are randomly selected for an audit each year. If selected, a notice and detailed instructions for the audit process will be sent on or before March 15 of the year following the renewal year. If selected for audit ALL applicable copies of documentation proving program attendance MUST be submitted to APAs Certification Department for review. Documentation may be sent via email to [email protected] or faxed to 210-224-5814.

The Recertification Period

If recertifying for the first time, or if recertifying through reexamination, Candidates may begin to log programs attended immediately after attaining certification, through December 31 after the year in which certification was attained (FPC = 3 Years and CPP = 5 Years). Candidates who have recertified at least once through continuing education will log qualifying programs attended beginning January 1 following the year recertified through December 31 of the respective recertification period.

Examples:
FPCs who certified (or recertified through reexamination) during 2013 have from the date of certification through December 31, 2016, to recertify through continuing education OR retake the FPC examination (subject to available examination dates).

FPCs who recertified through continuing education at the end of 2013 have from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016, to recertify through continuing education OR retake the FPC examination (subject to available examination dates).

CPPs who certified (or recertified through reexamination) during 2013 have from the date of certification through December 31, 2018 to recertify through continuing education OR retake the CPP examination (subject to available examination dates).

CPPs who recertified through continuing education at the end of 2013 have from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2018, to recertify through continuing education OR retake the CPP examination (subject to available examination dates).

Recertification Credit Hours (RCH)

FPCs must accumulate a minimum of 60 qualifying RCH during a three-year recertification period OR retake and pass the FPC examination during the year their recertification is due.

CPPs must accumulate a minimum of 120 qualifying RCH during a five-year recertification period OR retake and pass the CPP examination during the year their recertification is due.

RCH are the official recertification unit for all those certified by the American Payroll Association. Enter the applicable approved RCH for each program attended in the program log. RCH are defined as the number of actual educational clock hours spent as a participant or instructor in direct participation in a structured educational format. Lunch, breaks, and exhibit hall times are not included as educational time. Time spent on general business topics at chapter or company meetings is not included as educational time. Partial hours must be rounded down to the next half-hour. Thus, a program one hour and forty-five minutes in length is rounded to 1.5 RCH. An indiviual can earn 1 RCH for every 60 Minutes of education. CEU, CPE and semester or quarter credits that meet the qualifying education criteria can be converted to RCH.

Recertification Credit Hour Conversion Chart
One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 RCH
One (1) Semester Credit = 10 RCH
One (1) Quarter Credit = 5 RCHs

The conversion for CPE credits to RCH is the number of CPE credits, multiplied by 50, divided by 60, rounded down to the nearest 30 minute increment. Example: 7 CPE credits x 50 = 350; 350/60 = 5.83; rounded down to 5.5 RCH. Whereas, 8 CPE credits equate to 6.5 RCH.

Qualifying Education

All programs must cover material within the CPP or FPC content outline or within the areas defined as the payroll industry and must focus on increasing knowledge and/or skills in the practice of payroll. Payroll industry is defined as: Payroll production, reporting, accounting, systems, taxation, administration, education/consulting.

Education Resources

FPCs and CPPs can use a variety of resources to obtain the required RCHs: Training Courses and Conferences, Web-based Training, Webinars, Chapter Events, and Approved Providers.

Recertification Logs

FPC Recertification Log
CPP Recertification Log

One log is to be maintained for the recertification period. The designee is responsible for maintaining an accurate record of each program attended. Each program attended must be entered in the log and submitted to [email protected] by the applicable due date.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding recertification policies, please view the candidate handbook. For additional information regarding the recertification process, please view the appropropriate recertification log.

EXAM NOTES


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.

For CPP and FPC exams administered September 16, 2017 through September 15, 2018,questions should be answered based on Federal laws and regulations in effect as of 1/1/2017.

Mid-year changes are NOT reflected on the exams.

RECERTIFICATION


Recertification is required after 5 years for CPP and 3 years for FPC. Recertification may be achieved through accumulating recertification credit hours ((RCHs) or by successfully retesting. For CPP 120 RCHs are required; for FPC, 60.

Earn RCHs with APA Membership

Obtain three Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) per year for being a member in good standing. RCHs will be awarded at the end of the APA member's membership year based on anniversary date.

CPP Recertification Program Log
FPC Recertification Program Log

A recertification fee is due prior to submitting the recertification log.

KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT (KAC)

APA's Web-based Knowledge Assessment Calculator (KAC) assesses your current knowledge and recommends training solutions so you can build your own payroll training plan.

Assessments are available to gauge the level of preparation for the CPP and FPC exams.

STUDY GROUPS
Many APA Local Chapters conduct study groups for CPP and FPC exam preparation. Consult the study group list for a group in your area.
LEARNING CENTER TESTING
During the testing window, taking Payroll 101 or 201 at either of APA's Learning Centers in San Antonio and Las Vegas, avail the student the opportunity to take the exam on Friday afternoon. (Separate registration for testing is required.)
COLLEGE CREDIT

APA's certification programs bring college credit through the ACE College Credit By Examination Program. Details.

FAQ

Have a question about APA's Certification programs? The most common questions are answered on the FAQ page.

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