American Payroll Association (APA)

Important Notice:

The APA website will be under construction from June 18, 2016 to July 19, 2016. While APA is working on implementing features to better serve you during the exam application process, you will not be able to register for the FPC or CPP examination. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact certification@americanpayroll.org.

Please note that the American Payroll Association process has changed effective June 18, and you cannot make an exam reservation until after you have completed your application, paid your examination fee, and received notification from the APA that you are authorized to take the exam. All candidates must complete the Application for Certification by Examination. More information.

To create an account and purchase an exam, please go to the APA website.

It is imperative that all APA candidates read the appropriate Candidate Handbooks prior to making an exam reservation.

Downloads

Downloads Format Size
FPC Candidate Handbook PDF 684 KB
FPC Application Form PDF 156 KB
FPC Content Outlines PDF 30 KB
CPP Candidate Handbook PDF 532 KB
CPP Application Form PDF 90 KB
CPP Content Outlines PDF 32 KB

Applications

Applications MUST be submitted to the APA PRIOR to registering for the FPC/CPP exam.

Candidates must use their full legal name as it appears on their primary government ID that will be used for admittance to the examination area at the testing center.


Cancel or Reschedule Policy

Please review the complete cancellation/reschedule policy in detail (see FPC/CPP Handbook) prior to making an exam registration. If you need to cancel your APA exam appointment, you must do so 31 or more calendar days in advance to avoid any fees.

Do NOT contact Pearson VUE’s local testing center if you need to cancel or reschedule an exam appointment. All candidates must telephone Pearson VUE or go to www.pearsonvue.com/apa at least four (4) calendar days before the scheduled examination date to change or cancel a reservation. Changed reservations with proper notice may be transferred to a new reservation (within the current testing window for the Northern Americas region). Candidates will forfeit the entire examination fee and be considered a no-show if the change or cancel request is received less than four (4) calendar days from the exam reservation.

To avoid forfeiture of your exam fee, please refer to the table below for additional information.

Appointment is scheduled for: Must be cancelled by 11:59 PM on:
Sunday Wednesday
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Saturday
Thursday Sunday
Friday Monday
Saturday Tuesday

Candidates who cancel an exam four (4) to thirty (30) calendar days before their exam reservation will incur a non-refundable cancellation fee of $50 USD. Cancellations that occur more than thirty (30) calendar days prior to an exam reservation are not subject to additional fees. Please note that there is no fee to change a reservation during this same period.

Examination fees are fully refundable only if the candidate cancels the reservation with proper notice (4 or more calendar days from the date of the scheduled exam).  Note: the cancellation fee will apply to exams cancelled four (4) to thirty (30) calendar days from the exam reservation. 

Please see the tables below for additional information.

Cancellations:

Cancel by: Action:
4-30 calendar days
  • Full refund of exam fee
  • Non-refundable penalty of $50 USD
31 or more calendar days
  • Full refund of exam fee
  • No additional penalty

Reschedules:

Reschedule by: Action:
3 calendar days or less
  • Forfeit of exam fee
  • No additional penalty
4 or more calendar days
  • Full refund of exam fee
  • No additional penalty

Test Scheduling

APA candidates may pay by credit card or electronic check via the internet and Call Center. Payment is not accepted at the Test Center. Please consult the APA Candidate Handbooks for additional instructions and forms.

Appointment date and time options vary on the selected test center availability. Appointments may be made up to one business day in advance.

Please refer to the FPC or CPP Candidate Handbook for more information on how to apply, special accommodations, rescheduling, and more.

Contact the APA at Certification@americanpayroll.org or 210-226-4600, ext. 3001.

Last updated 2016-06-21