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The American Payroll Association

The Nation's leader in Payroll Education

About APA

Established in 1982, the American Payroll Association is the nation's leader in payroll education, publications, and training. APA conducts payroll training conferences and seminars across the country and publishes a complete library of resource texts and newsletters. Representing more than 20,000 members, APA is the industry's highly respected and collective voice in Washington, D.C.

View a brief History of the American Payroll Association for a glimpse into APA's background and successes. 

Vision Statement

American Payroll Association's vision is to create opportunities and forge a community by providing the education, skills, and resources necessary for payroll professionals to become successful leaders and strategic partners within their organizations.

Mission Statement

The American Payroll 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.

Core Values

The following APA core values and beliefs define what's important to our organization, so that we can most effectively benefit yours.

Leadership - We possess a vision that encourages others to learn, innovate, and share insight. We motivate others to make a positive difference in their own lives with courage and integrity today and in the future.

Teamwork - Everything we do is a team effort. We inspire, challenge, respect, and support team members to be their best and always maintain positive working relationships.

Passion - We are devoted to fulfilling APA's mission by providing education with enthusiasm and constantly striving to learn, develop and improve in all that we do.

Excellence - We know that our members have to be 100% accurate in their jobs, so we do not settle for anything less in what we do in service to our members.

Empowerment - We are empowered to solve problems, suggest ideas for improvement, and propose new programs to better serve our membership.

Diversity - We continuously build and encourage a mindset that celebrates the uniqueness among persons, ideas, and values.

Fun - We have fun at work, which leads to a dynamic company culture. A dynamic company culture boosts productivity. We work hard but we play hard too!


Mission Statement

The American Payroll Association is the professional society for Payroll Professionals. Founded in 1982 it is run by a professional staff under the direction 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.

Membership

APA membership has risen to over 22,000 Payroll Professionals and continues to grow, demonstrating the high level of interest on the part of the payroll community participating in the wide range of activities available to APA members.

Anyone engaged in payroll administration and/or related fields is eligible for APA membership. APA proudly represents a true cross section of the payroll profession made up predominantly of payroll managers from all 50 states, with a growing constituency in Puerto Rico, Canada, and other foreign nations, 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.

Members enjoy a wide range of benefits:

Publications

APA's comprehensive library of compliance resources is produced by the Association's experienced team of payroll and employment law experts. Publications are issued in many media, including printed text, e-book, magazine, e-magazine, newsletter, e-newsletter, and CD.

Education

APA's comprehensive payroll education curriculum offers a full calendar of courses and conferences, the Web-based Fundamentals of Payroll and PayTrain®, live and On Demand webinars, and audio learning delivered by teleconference.

Live Payroll training is available in major cities nationwide and in APA's two Learning Centers. Most courses can also be brought to specific locations and tailored to specific need

Certification

APA certification 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. APA offers two levels of certification -- the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). The exams are administered at more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. (Please see below for Military and International Testing opportunities) It is the responsibility of each examination candidate to download and read the applicable FPC or CPP Examination Candidate Handbook. Exceptions will not be made for candidates that do not read the handbook.

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The American Payroll Association

Established in 1982, the American Payroll Association is the nation's leader in payroll education, publications, and training. APA conducts payroll training conferences and seminars across the country and publishes a complete library of resource texts and newsletters. Representing more than 20,000 members, APA is the industry's highly respected and collective voice in Washington, D.C.

View a brief History of the American Payroll Association for a glimpse into APA's background and successe
s.

Vision Statement

American Payroll Association's vision is to create opportunities and forge a community by providing the education, skills, and resources necessary for payroll professionals to become successful leaders and strategic partners within their organizations.

Mission Statement

The American Payroll 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.

Membership

Anyone engaged in payroll administration and/or related fields is eligible for APA membership. APA proudly represents a true cross section of the payroll profession made up predominantly of payroll managers from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, with a growing constituency in Canada and other foreign nations, 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.
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If there is not a chapter in your area, and you would like information on how to start one --
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