The American Payroll Association

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About APA

Mission Statement

The American Payroll Association is the professional society for Payroll Professionals. It was founded in 1982 and is managed by a professional staff under the leadership of the Executive Director, the member President, and Board of Directors. The Association pursues the following objectives:

  1. To increase the Payroll Professional's skill level through education and mutual support.
  2. To obtain recognition for payroll work as practiced in today's business and legislative environments and as a professional discipline.
  3. To represent the Payroll Professional on the federal, state and local level.
  4. To provide public service education on payroll and employment issues.


Any one engaged in payroll administration and/or related fields is eligible for national APA membership. The APA  represents a cross section of the payroll profession across all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, with a growing constituency in Canada and other foreign countries whose payroll informational needs are as diverse as the number of employees paid and as demanding as the number of states and countries in which they pay.
Membership Application - Join Online - Membership Benefits




APA sets the standards for payroll knowledge and experience though certification programs at two levels.
Fundamental Payroll Certification
Certified Payroll Professional

Professional Publications

APA publishes an updated library of publications supporting payroll compliance, research, and education.

Professional Education

APA offers comprehensive education for payroll professionals, including a full slate of training courses and conferences offered in numerous formats including Classroom training, Web-based training, Webinars and
Audio Seminars.