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Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)

The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) is open to all those who wish to demonstrate a baseline of payroll competency. The FPC is an important first step in a payroll career.



  1. Match your job responsibilities

    Job Title(s) -Use the following job descriptions to confirm you have selected the right path. Remember, job title alone is not sufficient in determining which Learning Path best fits your job duties.

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  2. Assess your knowledge

    Knowledge Assessment Calculator(s) - This web-based tool contains multiple levels of assessments populated with the payroll body of knowledge. Use this tool to set a baseline as you begin your Learning Path and return to it any time you want to evaluate your progress.



  3. Increase your knowledge by choosing a training program that's right for you

    Train in your city - Instructor-led core competency seminars offered live and in-person at locations across the United States. This seminar format provides flexible, interactive training on vital payroll topics.


    Train at APA's Learning Centers - Instructor-led core competency courses offered live and in-person at APA's award winning Learning Centers. This format provides an interactive, hands-on, computer-based classroom environment.


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  4. Expand the depth of your payroll knowledge

    Ensure you are up-to-date with the latest in compliance and industry trends by taking advantage of the expertise offered in:

    Specialty Seminars - Offered live and in-person at locations across the United States, this seminar format provides interactive training on current payroll topics.



      Payroll Webinars - Live online, web-based seminars that offer flexible learning from your office or home.


      On Demand Learning - Recorded webinars and web-based programs delivered via the web and available 24/7 from your office or home.



    • Complete your learning path by attaining APA certification

      Certification Recommendation - APA exams verify your payroll knowledge, skills, and abilities and are recognized by the payroll industry as the gold standard in payroll certification.



    • Continue your professional development and networking opportunities

      Conference Recommendation(s) - Attending conferences is a great way for you to meet other payroll professionals, earn continuing education credit toward recertification, and stay up-to-date with the latest in payroll industry trends, compliance, and hot topics.



    • Maintain FPC certification

      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 Program Log


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