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The SPRING exam registration window will be open November 7, 2022 through April 14, 2023. Candidates will sit for the exam January 9 through April 15, 2023. The exam will feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2022.

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!


Fundamental Payroll Certification candidate

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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Certified Payroll Professional candidates

Digital Badges


2020 Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) digital badge

2020 Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) Digital Badge

We have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

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APA Membership

Maximize the Value of Your Certification
Join the APA and get maximum return on your certification and career investment. APA members receive three RCH’s annually just for being a member, along with free webinars and compliance resources, networking opportunities, and discounts on training and publications.
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