Certification Information


Certification offered by the American Payroll Association is a valuable, objective credential that verifies a specified level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the payroll profession. Certification helps individuals demonstrate their payroll expertise, secure promotions, advance their careers, and enhance their standing within the profession.  The APA offers two levels of certification.


The Columbus Area Chapter offers an annual workshop for members only to help candidates prepare for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam.  This workshop provides excellent preparation for those individuals taking the exam, those desiring a payroll refresher, or those interested in receiving Recertification Credit Hours (RCH's).

The workshop is presented by chapter members who are CPP's and who volunteer their time and expertise.  The workshop runs from June through August each year. We currently do not offer a workshop for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam.  

Click on the links at the left to obtain more information about both levels of payroll certification.

Retaining Recertification Credit Hour (RCH) Certificates

CAC obtains approval from the APA for all RCH's) that are offered through chapter events.  We provide the RCH certificates in an electronic format after the event has concluded.  Maintaining records of your hours to be applied to recertification for both the FPC and CPP is important.  If you lose any of the certificates issued by CAC, it can be difficult to research and provide duplicates.  We will make every effort to do so but cannot guarantee it will be done in a timely manner.