Education & Certification



Payroll certification is a valuable, objective credential that verifies an individual’s specified level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the payroll profession. The APA offers two levels of certification.

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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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