COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation:

Testing candidates: Check our COVID-19 Update Page to look for testing availability and review the health and safety measures required for testing.

Appointment availability is limited due to social distancing precautions and varies by location. Please note that our customer service wait-times are also longer than usual right now. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please check out our FAQs.

American Payroll Association (APA)

American Payroll Association (APA)

Take your CPP or FPC exam from home

Get certified from your home or office

Take your APA exam conveniently from home through OnVUE online proctoring. A live proctor will monitor you through the webcam on your workstation to provide a secure exam experience.

Watch the short video on the APA online proctoring page to see how convenient it is to test from home or work. Be sure to run the system test before you sign in to register for an online proctored exam. Good luck!

CPP and FPC Exam takers

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.

FPC and CPP exams administered through August 29, 2020, will feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2019.

Important Notice:

Please note that 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. If you have any questions, please contact
More information.


Applications MUST be submitted to the APA PRIOR to registering for the FPC/CPP exam. Any candidates who do not submit an application before taking a certification exam may be subject to sanctions, including disqualification of status, upon audit.

Candidates must use their full legal name (First and Last) as it appears on their primary government ID that will be used for admittance to the examination area at the testing center. Please note that Middle Name is not required for testing.

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

Candidate Handbooks / Forms


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

FPC Resources CPP Resources
Purchase the FPC Exam Purchase the CPP Exam
FPC Candidate Handbook (PDF, 684 KB) CPP Candidate Handbook (PDF, 532 KB)
FPC Exam Application CPP Exam Application
FPC Content Outlines CPP Content Outlines
FPC Postcard CPP Postcard

Test Scheduling

Candidates may pay the examination fee directly to APA online or by check. If you are unable to pay online or by check, please call Customer Service at 210-226-4600 for assistance. Payment is not accepted at the local 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.

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 or 210-226-4600.

Ordering Your Certificate and Lapel Pin

Due to state-imposed restrictions in Illinois, APA’s vendor (Scribes Inc.) is required to work under limited operating hours. Scribes is accepting online orders but processing and shipping may be delayed.

Login to be directed to the Scribes certificate order portal by using your APA ID and password.

Follow the links and instructions on the Scribes Inc. portal to submit your certificate order.

Once you submit the certificate order, you will receive a confirmation email from Scribes Inc. If you have any questions during or after placing a certificate order, please contact Scribes Inc. at (800)-441-6726 or

If you have any questions contact the certification department or call 210-226-4600.

Last updated 2020-05-27