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CPP and FPC Exam takers – APA is working diligently to make sure all candidates can take the test that they have been studying for. We are researching all options, including extensions of the exam window, and allowing test takers to take the Spring exam in the Fall. We will be sending an email to all people who have purchased an exam, and we will post updates to this webpage. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon.


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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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