Education & Certification


FPC Certification

Assess your knowledge

The web-based Preparing for the FPC Exam Assessment helps identify the payroll knowledge required to successfully pass the Fundamental Payroll Certification exam. Use this tool to set a baseline for the Learning Path and return to it at any time to evaluate your progress.

Increase your knowledge

Instructor-led core competency education from the APA:

Understand payroll trends

Stay abreast of the latest compliance and industry trends by taking advantage of compliance education.

Complete your learning path through certification

Attaining the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) verifies fundamental payroll knowledge, skills, and abilities and is a career credential widely recognized by the payroll industry.

Continue your professional development

Attending conferences is a great way to earn continuing education credit toward recertification, meet and network with other payroll professionals, and stay up-to-date with the latest in payroll industry trends, compliance, and hot topics.

Maintain FPC certification

The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) is valid for three calendar years after the year of certification. To maintain certification, each FPC must accumulate a minimum of 60 qualifying Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) within this recertification period OR retake and pass the Fundamental Payroll Certification examination.