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The Benefits and Basics of Starting a Local Chapter

BY: Julianna Hunt | 11/26/19

The American Payroll Association has 122 local chapters throughout the United States, and we’re always excited to add more. This year, a dedicated group of APA members launched the Utah Valley Chapter of the APA in Provo, UT. Next year, it could be you and your colleagues starting a new chapter! If the idea piques your interest, take a look at the basics you need to know below:

What is an APA Local Chapter?

An APA Local Chapter is a group of geographically localized individuals, comprised predominantly of APA members, that serves to educate its members in payroll matters. APA chapters are autonomous organizations that share the same goals and values of APA National and follow its guidelines. APA and its chapters support each other but do not have any direct financial relationship.

What are the benefits of starting an APA Local Chapter?

Chapters provide payroll professionals with easily accessed networking, education, recertification credits, and leadership opportunities, which greatly benefit their professional development. Chapters can apply to provide RCHs without paying the approved provider fee and are also eligible to receive free resources and giveaways from APA.

How can I start an APA Local Chapter?

1. Contact the APA’s Chapter Relations Department. They can provide valuable guidance and advice, as well as practical items like a mailing list of APA members in your area.

2. Send a letter and questionnaire to all of the APA members in your area – this will help generate much-needed awareness and assistance.

3. Evaluate questionnaire responses to gauge the level of interest among APA members in the area.

4. Contact those people who responded and schedule an organizational meeting.

5. Determine at least three chapter officers and submit the Application for Chapter Affiliation to Chapter Relations.

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