Certification Testing Information

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Please see the note below from APA regarding exams while we all cope with COVID-19.

CPP and FPC exam takers - APA is working diligently to make sure all candidates can take the test that they have been studying for. We are researching all options, including extensions of the exam window, and allowing test takers to take the Spring exam in the Fall.  We will be sending an email to all people who have purchased an exam, and we will post updates to the website at www.americanpayroll.org/certification. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon.

Update April 16, 2020

APA has extended the SPRING exam window through August 29, 2020. You should schedule your exam through your online APA Certification Dashboard. The system will only allow you to book exams on dates that will be available for testing. Candidates can schedule their exams for appointments if local conditions allow. Availability may be limited at this time but check back regularly for updated availability.

Due to state-imposed restrictions in Illinois, APA's vendor (Scribes Inc.) is required to cease processing and production of all FPC and CPP certificate and lapel pins, until further notice. Thank you for your understanding!

 

Fall 2020 - September 5th – November 7th

  • Registration window open July 7th - November 6th

   Exams administered from September 14, 2019 through September 4, 2020, feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2019.
   Exams administered from September 5, 2020 through September 10, 2021, feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2020.

 

Spring 2020 – March 21st – August 29th

  • Registration window open January 14th - August 28th

    Note: The APA has extended the SPRING 2020 exam window through August 29. FPC and CPP exams administered through August 29, 2020, will feature questions based on      federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2020.

 

CPP Exam Fee $380 for National APA Members & $550 for non-National APA Member

FPC Exam Fee $320 for National APA Members & $395 for non-National APA Member

 

Register at www.pearsonvue.com/apa

CPP Candidate Handbook

CPP Application Form

CPP Content Outlines

FPC Candidate Handbook

FPC Application Form

FPC Content Outlines

 

More information on certification may be found on the National American Payroll Association’s website.