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APA Membership . . .

has risen to over 21,000 Payroll Professionals and continues to grow, demonstrating the high level of interest on the part of the payroll community participating in the wide range of activities available to APA members.

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Anyone engaged in payroll administration . . .

and/or related fields is eligible for APA membership. APA proudly represents a true cross section of the payroll profession made up predominantly of payroll managers from all 50 states, with a growing constituency in Puerto Rico, Canada, and other foreign nations, whose payroll informational needs are as diverse as the number of employees paid and as demanding as the number of states and countries in which they pay.

Members enjoy a wide range of benefits:

Member Publications

Payroll Currently

APA's monthly payroll compliance newsletter is delivered free to members by email as a benefit of APA membership. Payroll Currently features include Inside Washington, the latest from the APA's Government Relations office; a subject index of the current year's issues; and a monthly compliance calendar. Current issue and archive available in the Reading Room.


PAYTECH is the industry's primary source for payroll information. The monthly magazine covers payroll management, technology, new and pending legislation, professional development, and trends that are shaping the payroll industry and profession. All APA members receive PAYTECH as a benefit of membership. Get a free sample version of PAYTECH.

Current issues and archive available in the Reading Room.


The APA's monthly e-magazine, PAYTECHonline® is the sister publication to PAYTECH magazine. PAYTECHonline presents payroll-related news in a convenient format. Members scan the news in digest form and then click on links to go to the complete stories on the PAYTECHonline web pages. PAYTECHonline provides the latest news on tax legislation and compliance, updates on payroll technology, links to government agencies and vendors, payroll buyer's guides, news from local chapters, previews of upcoming payroll events, and materials that cannot appear in the printed PAYTECH due to space limitations. View current issue.

Pay News Now

The APA website for payroll news and updates -- Pay News Now® (NOW) -- presents articles and videos on payroll topics of current interest. View site

Compliance Updates

APA members receive breaking payroll news on laws, regulations, and forms via email and on APA's Web site. As liaison to government agencies impacting payroll, the APA delivers authoritative updates on federal and state legislative and regulatory developments.

Compliance TV

The APA video report for payroll news, updates, and association news. View current edition.

APA Payroll ListServ

This is one of the payroll industry's most powerful research and networking tools. The ListServ allows members to exchange ideas on payroll-related issues and to post questions for fellow members to answer. Members share insights on a variety of topics and special circumstances. Members can join the at ListServ Signup.

Free eBooks and Webinars

Through sponsorship arrangements APA is currently able to offer the Survey of Salaries, sponsored by APA, The Guide to Successful Electronic Payments, sponsored by rapid! PayCard, Top Payroll Questions and Answers, sponsored by Conduent, and Understanding Your Pay, sponsored by Global Cash Card as free eBooks.Membership also includes Members-only free webinars, which are announced by email.
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APA Web Site

Members have exclusive access to content reserved for APA members when they log in to the APA Web site. These resources include a searchable databases of the membership, electronic versions of Member Publications, special reports, and downloadable forms and publications.

On the public portion of the Web site, you can shop at the APA Store, order APA products, register online for APA seminars and conferences, visit the Paycard Portal and much more.

Payroll Certification - Certifying Payroll Career Success

The American Payroll Association offers two professional certifications: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). Members receive a discount on the CPP and FPC exam fee.

The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)

The FPC is an exam-based certification designed specifically for (1) entry-level payroll practitioners; (2) payroll, HR, and finance consultants; (3) sales, service, and technology professionals interfacing with payroll operations; and (4) systems analysts and engineers developing and implementing payroll software solutions.

Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)

The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation is an exam based certification attained by individuals who possess a high level of professional competency through both the acquisition of knowledge and direct payroll experience.

Payroll Education and Training

APA provides a wide range of payroll and training opportunities. APA members receive special discounts on webinars, classes, seminars, virtual classes, conferences, and other educational opportunities. In addition, members become eligible for special grants, awards, and programs.

RCHs for APA Membership

Effective January 1, 2014, all APA members will be granted three Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) per year for being a member in good standing. RCHs will be awarded at the end of the APA member's membership year based on anniversary date. APA membership also gives you access to free educational webinars to obtain RCHs year-round.

Payroll Education Grants

Each year, the APA awards six Payroll Education Grants to encourage the professional development of APA members. The largest grant includes one registration and round-trip travel to the APA Congress, registration for any or all APA seminars for one year, and all APA products and publications for one year. APA awards another five grants, two of which provide recipients with free seminar registrations, and three of which provide free copies of The Payroll Source®.

In addition to the APA Payroll Education Grants some sponsored grants are available each year.

Each grant applicant must be an active APA member in good standing with a minimum of 3 years working in the payroll profession. APA employees and officers, members of the APA Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and National Speakers Bureau are not eligible for these grants.

Application and details about the Education Grants.

Chapter Network

More than 150 APA-affiliated local chapters located throughout the U.S. operate autonomously within the APA national guidelines. Chapters provide members with outstanding networking opportunities, shared information, and professional development resources. Many chapters organize state and regional conferences, conduct CPP and FPC study groups, and spearhead the celebration of National Payroll Week.

Representation in Washington, DC

The APA works to influence the legislative and regulatory processes that so greatly impact payroll's daily environment by testifying at Congressional, Treasury, and IRS hearings and meetings. The APA also influences the operational and policy decisions of the IRS, SSA, and the Department of Labor by sending representatives to sit on prestigious federal advisory committees and participate in dozens of industry meetings with the government each year. From recommending changes to employment tax forms to commenting and testifying on payroll regulations and law changes, the APA provides the leadership expected from a professional association.

Promoting the Payroll Profession

APA continually strives to increase awareness of the importance of payroll and the payroll professional's role in the U.S. business community and among the general public. Developing cooperative relationships with related associations in the human resources, accounting, tax, and finance arenas; advertising in major business publications; educating the public through NPW's National Education Day; and promoting payroll through National Payroll Week -- all are examples of steps APA has taken toward accomplishing this goal. APA is frequently called upon by national media to provide perspective on payroll and related issues.



Members of the American Payroll Association receive 3 RCHs for each year of membership.

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Members of the American Payroll Association are invited to become leaders in their professional community by participating in APA committees, boards, advisory groups, and task forces. Get involved by filling out the APA volunteer application.


Founded by the APA in 1996, and celebrated each September, begining on Labor Day, NPW is a national public awareness campaign with several goals -- recognition of the payroll profession, paying tribute to America's workers; and creating awareness of the payroll withholding system. Through member activities, sponsor support, national advertising, media coverage, industry press, chapter participation, and community involvement, NPW proudly communicates the message, "America Works Because We're Working for America®." NPW's mission of payroll education is supported by its Money Matters National Education Day program and its informative Web site.


Available both online and by telephone, the hotline helps members get answers to their payroll questions by connecting them with APA member volunteers specializing in a wide range of payroll topics. Information obtained through the APA's networking resources should be considered as reference guidance. Participating members and the American Payroll Association are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. Please consult your organization's legal representative or other appropriate official before taking any action.
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Members receive discounts on all APA educational offerings, including specialty conferences, training courses, audio seminars, webinars, and online courses, as well as the APA's library of the industry's most trusted publications.
APA Courses & Conferences
APA Professional Publications


The American Payroll Association's Payroll Learning Centers, located in San Antonio, TX and Las Vegas, NV, offer the ultimate hands-on learning experience. Both facilities feature state-of- the-art computer classrooms with high-speed voice, data, and video networks, as well as an ergonomically designed PC workstation for each student.

The Payroll Learning Centers host five intensive APA seminars: Payroll 101: Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program, Payroll 201: Payroll Administration Certificate Program, Payroll Administration in Canada, Payroll Administration in the United Kingdom, and Implementing Payroll Best Practices.

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