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APA Learning Paths are designed to guide you through APA's educational offerings so you can build a professional development plan that is right for you and your staff. There are seven learning paths, covering five major payroll-related job categories and two recertification goals. Each of the seven learning paths is matched with specific education programs under several categories of delivery. Following the links below, you can start to tailor an educational track using a range of options, from classroom instruction to online learning. This makes it easy to create, within budget, a career development plan that matches each individual's learning style. Come explore APA's Learning Paths!

Payroll Essentials

Basic payroll training that begins with fundamental paycheck calculations taught through hands-on exercises, then moves on to more complex paycheck calculations, taxation concepts, and the completion of Forms W-2, W-3, 941. and Schedule B. Payroll Essentials also includes basic procedures, processes, and terminology, with an overview of the laws and regulations affecting payroll compliance.
Payroll Essentials Learning Path

Payroll Administration

Advanced payroll training that begins with paycheck calculations, taxation concepts, and completion of Forms W-2, W-3, and 941, and then tackles more complicated topics such as benefits taxation, third-party sick pay reporting, involuntary deductions, and how to prepare Forms 940, W-2c, and 941-X. Payroll Administration includes intensive, hands-on training on complex payroll functions and compliance requirements. Topics include payroll's impact on the accounting, benefits, and human resources departments, plus how to take advantage of enhanced payroll metrics, process improvements, and advances in payroll technology to lower the cost of payroll.
Payroll Administration Learning Path

Payroll Systems

Basic payroll training that concentrates on paycheck calculations, taxation concepts, Forms W-2, W-3, and 941 (including corrections), Schedule B, and Form 940. Payroll Systems also provides a foundation in basic procedures, processes, terminology, and payroll systems, along with an overview of the laws and regulations affecting payroll compliance.
Payroll Systems Learning Path

Payroll Analyst

Advanced payroll training that begins with paycheck calculations, taxation concepts, and completion of Forms W-2, W-3, and 941, and then tackles more complicated topics such as benefits taxation, third-party sick pay reporting, involuntary deductions, and how to prepare Forms 940, W-2c, and 941-X. The Payroll Analyst Learning Path includes intensive, hands-on training on complex payroll functions and compliance requirements. Topics include payroll's impact on the accounting, benefits, and human resources departments, plus how to take advantage of enhanced payroll metrics, process improvements, and advances in payroll technology to increase the Return on Investment.
Payroll Analyst Learning Path

Payroll Management

Advanced payroll training to increase payroll proficiency and ensure compliance with all aspects of payroll laws and regulations. Payroll Management contains intensive, hands-on training on complex payroll functions and legal issues such as benefits taxation, third-party sick pay reporting, form corrections and adjustments, worker classification, mergers and acquisitions, and involuntary deductions. Payroll Management also includes interactive instruction on hiring and managing employees, increasing the Return on Investment in process improvements and payroll technology, and controlling and reducing the cost of payroll.
Payroll Management Learning Path

FPC Recertification

The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) is valid for three full calendar years after the year of certification. To maintain certification, each FPC must accumulate a minimum of 60 qualifying Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) within this recertification period OR retake and pass the Fundamental Payroll Certification Examination.
FPC Recertification Learning Path

CPP Recertification

The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification is valid for five full calendar years after the year of certification. To maintain certification, each CPP must accumulate a minimum of 120 qualifying Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) within this recertification period OR retake and pass the Certified Payroll Professional Examination.
CPP Recertification Learning Path

FIND YOUR PATH
PATH: PAYROLL ESSENTIALS

Job Titles:

  • Payroll Clerk/Assistant
  • Data Processing/Entry Operator
  • Lead Operator
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Records/Benefits Administrator

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  • PATH: PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION

    Job Titles:

  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Practitioner 1 (Entry level)
  • Payroll Practitioner 2 (Intermediate)


    Path Details

  • PATH: PAYROLL SYSTEMS

    Job Titles:

  • Data Processing/Entry Operator
  • Payroll Systems Coordinator
  • Payroll Systems Analyst


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  • PATH: PAYROLL ANALYST

    Job Titles:

  • Payroll Records/Benefits Administrator
  • Payroll Accountant/Payroll Analyst
  • Payroll Systems Coordinator
  • Payroll Systems Analyst
  • Payroll Tax Administrator

    Path Details

  • PATH: PAYROLL MANAGEMENT

    Job Titles:

  • Payroll Practitioner 3 (Senior)
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Payroll Manager/Director
  • Director/VP of Payroll

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  • PATH: FPC RECERTIFICATION

    Titles vary

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    Path Details

  • PATH: CPP RECERTIFICATION

    Titles vary

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