Annual APA Congress



Congress Orientation

A must for first-timers, a Congress Orientation Session will help make Congress one of the most rewarding experiences of your career! This session is presented by Congress veterans who will show you how to learn, network, and make the most out of your Congress experience. Orientation is Monday, May 4, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Chapter Exchange Reception

Join us for an interactive networking session where you can meet peers from more than 160 APA chapters. Take this opportunity to meet APA's Board of Advisors from each of the nine regions and discuss how to make your chapter a success. This exciting event takes place Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Chapter Pictorials

Video monitors throughout the convention center will showcase all of the creative and colorful local chapter pictorial presentations that were entered in the 2015 Chapter Pictorial Contest. Each unique photo montage slide show reflects the activities and events APA's individual chapters participated in throughout 2014.


Annual Business Meeting

Held on Tuesday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., the American Payroll Association's Annual Business Meeting is open to all association members.

Awards Ceremonies

Members are the lifeblood of the APA. The success of the association and the advancement of both the payroll and AP professions are not possible without the efforts of our volunteers. APA will honor these exceptional achievers in special awards ceremonies on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Chapter Awards

The Chapter Contest Awards will be announced during the Chapter Exchange Reception, on Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Be there to cheer on all of the Chapters' success and hard work and see who will win the coveted Chapter of the Year Award. Let's celebrate all of the 2014 chapter accomplishments.

Costume Contest

Show off your gorgeous gown or accessories in the costume contest. Dress as your favorite character from The Hunger Games Trilogy, the inspiration for The Payroll Games. Show off your group or duo to represent your region or partner with a guy or gal on fire. Have fun and start designing your costume for one of the following categories: Most Outrageous Hairdo or Beard; Best Colorful Capitol Face; Most Spirited Region; Creatively Clever Cosplay (Costume Play); Best Excessively Accessorized; Capitol's Most Glamorous; Best Blazing Duo; and Capitol Fashion Failure. Join us on stage during the Expo Cocktail Reception on Thursday, May 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Costume Contest begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp! Everyone is welcome to wear their costumes all day Thursday.


New General Session and Workshops Added to the Lineup

New in 2015, our featured government speakers will appear in one general session, on Friday, May 8. The IRS/SSA Executive General Session will feature addresses from the IRS and SSA commissioners and a special welcome address from a third federal agency commissioner. Join us as we bestow the Government Partner Award to a representative of a federal government agency working closely with APA to get the most out of payroll without driving it to distraction.

In order to keep up with the ever-changing payroll and accounts payable industries, 22 new workshops have been added to this year's educational lineup. There are more than 175 different workshops to choose from!

Expo, Strategic Panel Discussion, and Learning Lounge

New for 2015! Join the discussion on "Payroll's Strategic Role in HCM" on Wednesday, May 6. A panel of senior payroll leaders and subject-matter experts from vendors will take your questions and provide practical knowledge of your role and impact of this changing technology landscape. In one convenient place you will find a wide array of world-class vendors with the latest products, technologies, and services you require to enhance your operational efficiency and reduce costs! Don't miss the Expo Grand Opening!

Plus, "lean in" and enhance your education by visiting the Expo Learning Lounge. You'll uncover opportunities to discover additional insight on payroll topics, share with peers, and engage with experts to ensure you can conquer the payroll games of compliance.

Congress App

Download the free Congress 2015 smart phone app to view the latest schedule, look up details on speakers and sessions, search for Expo information, and much more! more!
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Congress Today

Begin each day with timely conference news, photos, and schedule updates in your daily Congress newspaper,
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Spouse and Guest Information Meeting

All guests of registered participants are invited to a special spouse and guest program on Tuesday, May 5, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. To help guests make the most of their stay in the Las Vegas area, representatives from local attractions will share highlights from some of the city's most popular sites.

Focus Tracks

New for 2015! Focus Tracks take you on a deeper dive on specific topics within the payroll curriculum. Successfully completing all five workshops within the selected designated Focus Track will give you a better understanding of the specific topic from subject matter experts. In addition, you will receive a Certificate of Completion demonstrating proficiency within this specific topic.

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Earn up to 26 CPE Credits

General session and workshop descriptions detail the Field of Study (FOS) and the number of CPE credits. This information is required by NASBA to be included in the descriptions to assist CPAs in identifying classes they can attend to earn specific CPE credits. The Course Level for all workshops is overview.

CPAs can earn up to 26 CPE credits for attending Congress. Earn up to 26 CPE credits by attending, signing into, and completing the required evaluation form for each Pre-Congress session, applicable General Sessions, and workshop session.

Recertification Credit Hours

FPC and CPP designation holders can earn up to 26 RCHs for attending this conference, and up to an additional 9 RCHs for attending Virtual Congress. Virtual Congress is free to APA Members and is included with your Congress registration.

HR General Recertification Credit Hours

This program has been approved for 19 HR General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

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