Certified Payroll Professional.
The Certification Board of the APA requires that payroll professionals fulfill ONE of the following criterias before they take the Certified Payroll Professional Examination.
CRITERIA 1: CPP Application Criteria 1
The payroll professional has been practicing a total of three (3) years out of the five (5) years preceding the date of the examination. The practice of payroll is defined as direct or related involvement in at least one of the following:
CRITERIA 2: CPP Application Criteria 2
Before a candidate takes the examination, the payroll professional has been employed in the practice of payroll as defined in Criteria 1 for at least the last 24 months, and has completed within the last 24 months, ALL of the following courses within ONE of the following two options offered by the APA:
CRITERIA 3: CPP Application Criteria 3
Before a candidate takes the examination, the payroll professional has been employed in the practice of payroll as defined in Criteria 1, for at least the last 18 months, has obtained the FPC and has completed within the last 18 months, ALL of the following courses within ONE of the following two options offered by the APA:
There are three applications for certification, corresponding to Criteria 1, 2, or 3 presented above. Be sure to complete the correct form. Candidates are required to submit their application to the APA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at 210-224-5814, before making examination reservations.
By submitting your application, you authorize the APA Certification Board to contact the supervisor who signed the "Verification of Application" section of your application to substantiate your eligibility. The Certification Board reserves the right to audit applications to verify applicant eligibility. APA membership is not required to take this exam.
Examination Candidate Handbook
The CPP Examination Candidate Handbook contains information that you will need to make an examination reservation, Bibliography/CPP Examination Preparation, what to expect at the testing center and how to maintain certification. Exceptions are not made for candidates that do not read the handbook.
Recertification is required after 5 years for CPP. Recertification may be achieved through accumulating recertification credit hours ((RCHs) or by successfully retesting. For CPP 120 RCHs are required