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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.