Courses to help you establish your payroll career and advance within the profession.
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Payroll Practice Essentials
The first step in the APA’s Progression Series provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to produce accurate paychecks and ensure payroll compliance. This course teaches fundamental pay calculations through hands-on exercises, then moves on to more complex concepts and calculations.
Intermediate Payroll Concepts
The second step in the APA’s Progression Series delivers management-level training on vital topics such as taxable/nontaxable compensation, tax reporting, and payroll leadership issues.
Advanced Payroll Concepts
The third step in the APA’s Progression Series helps ensure your ability to prepare Forms W-2c and 941-X correctly. The course also covers complex benefits issues, an expatriate taxation overview, and leadership concepts.
Strategic Payroll Practices
The final step in the APA’s Progression Series provides insightful perspectives on complex payroll taxation topics, operational effectiveness, employee development, and emerging technologies.
Payroll 101: Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program
This week-long course covers the basic procedures and terminology that comprise the daily workload of the entry-level payroll practitioner. It provides a thorough overview of the laws and regulations that affect payroll and offers hands-on computer-based training that allows participants to work through actual payroll forms and payroll calculations. The Fundamental Payroll Certification exam is offered at the end of this course for an additional fee.
Payroll 201: Payroll Administration Certificate Program
This week-long course provides intensive training on complex payroll functions and regulations. Participants will learn proven practices for managing a cost-effective payroll department and practical experience that can be immediately applied on the job. The Certified Payroll Professional exam is offered at the end of this course for an additional fee.
PayTrain® Fundamentals gives you the knowledge and skills required for basic payroll processing. Whether you are seeking professional development or studying for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, PayTrain Fundamentals can help you meet your goals.
Web-based compliance education that covers the spectrum of payroll topics in a self-study or guided-study format. Whether you are seeking professional development or studying for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam, choose PayTrain to help you meet your goals.
PayTrain® College & University
PayTrain® College & University instructor-led courses combine the comprehensive PayTrain materials with an expert instructor to guide you and keep you on pace as you prepare for the FPC or CPP exam. Courses are offered virtually and in-person. These courses are a great way to network with other payroll and HR professionals in your area.