In order to maintain the FPC or CPP designation, candidates must either earn Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) by attending qualified educational events or retake the respective certification exam before the certification expires.
Recertification Credit Hours
Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) are the official recertification unit used by the American Payroll Association’s certification programs. RCHs are defined as the number of actual clock hours spent as a participant or instructor in direct participation in a structured educational format.
Candidates may begin tracking their RCHs immediately after earning their certification through December 31 of the year in which their certification expires.
- For the FPC, certification expires after three (3) years. FPCs must earn at least 60 RCHs during the 3-year recertification period to recertify by education.
- For the CPP, certification expires after five (5) years. CPPs must earn at least 120 RCHs during the 5-year recertification period to recertify by education.
Once a CPP or FPC recertifies at least once through continuing education, the individual will earn RCHs toward their next recertification beginning January 1 of the year following the year during which they recertified.
All recertifying designees are required to pay a recertification fee in conjunction with the submission of their recertification log.
Late Submission Fee
An FPC or CPP who submits their recertification log and processing fee after February 14 of the year after their certification period ends will be assessed a late fee in addition to the respective processing fee.
Candidates who submit their recertification log and processing fee after June 1 of the year after their certification period ends will be assessed a reinstatement fee in addition to their respective processing fee plus the late submission fee.
Ten percent of FPCs and CPPs recertifying by continuing education each year are randomly selected for an audit of their recertification logs. If selected, a notice and detailed instructions for the audit process will be sent on or before March 15 of the year following the renewal year.
If selected for audit, ALL applicable copies of documentation proving educational program attendance MUST be submitted to APA’s Certification Department for review.