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The SPRING exam registration window will be open November 8, 2021 through April 15, 2022. Candidates will sit for the exam January 10 through April 16, 2022. The exams will feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2021.

Schedule your exam through your online APA Certification Dashboard.

North America residents can now register and test from the comfort of their home or office using OnVUE, PearsonVUE's online proctoring exam delivery system!

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Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)

A certification credential for payroll beginners and service and support professionals in positions requiring payroll knowledge. Payroll experience is not required to take this exam.

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Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)

A certification credential for those with extensive payroll knowledge and experience. APA’s Certification Board requires that payroll professionals fulfill one of several eligibility criteria before taking the CPP exam.

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