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Online testing for American Payroll Association (APA)

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Your certification journey starts here.

Take an exam online from the comfort of your home or office.

The OnVUE experience: Check out the information below to start your online testing experience off on the right foot.

Important notices:
  • OnVUE online proctored exams are available to candidates in North America ONLY. FPC and CPP exams administered from September 5, 2020 through September 10, 2021, feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2020.
  • To test online effectively, candidates must meet the system requirements prior to scheduling the exam. If an interruption occurs during an OnVUE online proctored exam as a result of problems caused by a candidate’s computer or network connection, the test will be terminated, and the exam fee forfeited.
  • Attention OnVUE online proctored exam candidates: If you are testing online, please be sure to login with your APA username and password at least 3 days prior to your scheduled exam appointment and verify that your login credentials are valid and active. If you need login assistance, call APA Customer Service at (210) 224-6406. Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT; closed on local holidays.

Before exam day

Perform a system test

Make sure to do the required system test and exam simulation before exam day.*

Run system test

*Issues? Check out the technical requirements.

Find your testing space

Find a quiet, distraction-free area in your home or office to take your exam.

Testing advice

Get your ID ready

Your ID must be valid and up to date. Does your program have specific ID policies?

View ID requirements

Need to schedule, reschedule, or cancel? Manage exam appointment

On exam day

STEP 1. Prepare your testing space

Clean off your desk or workspace. Make sure there is no paper, books or other clutter.

STEP 2. Prepare your computer

Disconnect any additional monitors and be sure to close all other open applications. Don't forget to perform the system test, too!

STEP 3. Check-in for your exam

You can begin the check in process up to 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

Ready to check-in for your exam? Sign in now

Need help on exam day?

Additional information

All communication with the proctor is done in English, unless you see the "Select proctor language" page during the scheduling process.

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
Last updated 2020-11-10