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
CPP and FPC Exam takers: APA has extended the SPRING exam window through August 29, 2020, and the FALL exam window from September 5 through November 7, 2020. Be sure to register for the exam window that you have been studying for!
Our certification exams are now ONLINE for North America residents. Schedule your exam through your online APA Certification Dashboard.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Certification@americanpayroll.org 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 email@example.com.
If you have any questions contact the certification department or call 210-226-4600.