Education Grants Provide Free Year of Payroll Training
The Payroll Education Grants, founded in 1992, are designed to encourage professional growth through APA's payroll training and educational offerings. These grants are presented each year to 10 outstanding members of the Association in recognition of their professional and personal commitment to continuing education. Some of the top awards include free payroll training for an entire year, including registration, round-trip airfare, and hotel accommodations (up to five nights) for the 32nd Annual Congress in Minneapolis (travel itinerary must be approved by APA).
APA sponsors six of these grants, while Kronos and Global Cash Card each sponsor two of their own. The 10 grants are as follows:
- APA Complete Payroll Training Package
- Two APA Course/Conference Grants
- Three The Payroll Source® Grants
- Kronos Payroll Education Grant
- Kronos Payroll Publication Grant
- Global Cash Card Payroll Education Grant
- Global Cash Card Payroll Publication Grant
These grants will be awarded at the 32nd Annual Congress in May. To apply for any of these payroll education grants, visit the APA website. Log in with your APA ID (the Payroll Education Grants are only available to members) to apply online
Take Your Department
to 'Hire' Elevation
When there's an open position on the payroll team, many managers like to get personally involved in the hiring process. They want to review the applicants' qualifications, check out their references, and interview them once or twice in the process of narrowing the field. Savvy managers also like to get a second opinion on the candidates from a neutral third party: APA's Payroll Knowledge Assessment Calculators.
The assessments are effective tools for screening all job candidates, but they are especially valuable for sizing up applicants who do not hold a payroll certification. They are an objective tool that can just as easily reveal a knowledgeable individual as they can detect those with gaps in his or her knowledge.
For assessing payroll knowledge, there are three levels of assessment:
- Concepts and Terms
- Fundamental Payroll Practices, and
- Compliance, Administration, and Operations
Each online assessment allots one hour to answer 50 questions, testing your current level of knowledge in six core areas:
- Payroll fundamentals and operations
- Fundamentals for calculation of paychecks
- Tax and regulatory compliance
- Payroll and supporting systems
- Management and administration
Make sure your employees or potential employees are up to snuff -- measure their knowledge with Payroll Knowledge Assessment Calculators
Discounted Book Bundle Proves Invaluable Payroll Tool
Take payroll's comprehensive resource text, The Payroll Source®, combine it with two volumes that contain the payroll-related sections of applicable federal laws and regulations, and what do you get? Why, you get APA's Book Combo, of course.
The combo includes The Payroll Source, Federal Payroll Tax Laws and Regulations, and Federal Payroll Non-Tax Laws and Regulations, and is your bundled go-to resource for keeping your company in compliance.
Federal Tax Payroll Laws and Regulations contains the exact language of payroll-related sections of the Internal Revenue Code and IRS Regulations. Federal Payroll Non-Tax Laws and Regulations contains the exact language of the payroll-related sections of federal laws and regulations from the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations and allows you to quickly reference the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Immigration Reform and Control Act, Social Security Act, the DOL white-collar exemption regulations, and more.
Save money and add might to your payroll resource library at the same time -- order the Book Combo now!
Advance Your Career With
APA certification is a valuable, objective credential that verifies a specified level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the payroll profession. Certification helps individuals demonstrate their payroll expertise, secure promotions, advance their careers, and enhance their standing within the profession.
APA offers two levels of certification -- the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). The exams are administered at more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
See if you're on the fast track for career advancement -- find out more about certification!
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