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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!

Candidate Handbooks / Forms


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

For more information, go to the APA website.

Questions? Contact the APA at or 210-226-4600.

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


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. 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.

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.

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.

Share Your Achievement

You have two options to share your achievement – online via digital badge and through hardcopy certificate.

  1. Share your achievement on social media, and as part of your email signature or digital resume!
    • Once you have passed the FPC or CPP examination, you will receive an email notification from the Acclaim Platform ( with instructions for claiming your digital badge and setting up your account.
  2. You may also choose to order a hardcopy certificate through our vendor, Scribes, Inc.

Please allow 24-48 hours after passing the examination to claim your digital badge or to place a certificate order.

Last updated 2022-06-28