Local Chapters & Certification

APA Local Chapters offer many opportunities for payroll professionals to become certified or to earn Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) for their current payroll certification. They achieve this by coordinating study groups to assist members who are pursuing payroll certification. Chapters also conduct chapter meetings and statewide payroll conference workshops that qualify for RCHs.

APA recommends that Chapters providing payroll education enroll in the program and become designated as an approved Local Chapter to offer RCH-eligible events as an opportunity for FPC or CPP designees to earn recertification credit hours (RCHs) for their participation in payroll-related educational Chapter offerings.

The process requires the submission of all chapter-sponsored study groups, meetings, seminars and/or conferences be submitted to APA for approval. Changes or additions must also be submitted to APA for approval.

Awarding Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs)

All chapter-sponsored study groups, meetings, seminars and/or conferences must be approved by APA's Certification Department prior to awarding recertification credit hours (RCHs) to attendees.

For a detailed explanation of the APA Local Chapter RCH program, please see the full Information packet.

If your chapter plans to award RCHs, please submit a completed RCH Course Submission form via e-mail by clicking on the "Submit" button provided at the end of the form or by emailing it to [email protected].

Please follow the instructions closely and complete the form in its entirety to ensure approval for RCHs.

For additional questions regarding the Local Chapter RCH Program, please contact APA's Certification Department at 210-226-4600 or [email protected].

FPC/CPP Study Groups

APA's Chapter Relations Department ensures all registered chapter study groups are posted on APA's website in effort to publicize and promote participation within each group.

A free copy of APA's The Payroll Source® is offered to any CPP study group with 10 or more participants. A free copy of APA's Payroll Practice Fundamentals is offered to any FPC study group with 10 or more participants. Certificates of Participation are also made available to all chapters. APA brochures, pens, and badges are also available to chapters for meetings (while supplies last).

Chapter Relations also facilitates a free annual Study Group Audio Seminar in August on organizing APA local chapter study groups and the importance of certification.

To register your study group with APA National, you may do so electronically through your Chapter Profile or submit submit the Study Group Registration form.


Find a local CPP and/or FPC Study Group in your area.

Registered Study Groups


Use PayTrain as a tool for certification exam preparation.

PayTrain offer to local chapters


To learn more information on FPC or CPP certification, please visit:

APA's Certification web page.


Billy Meyerkorth, CPP
Region 5

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