The American Payroll Association (APA) is the nation's leader in payroll education and training. Through the Knowledge Assessment Calculator (KAC), APA brings you its collective training expertise of more than two decades. This remarkable new measurement tool reflects APA's reputation for creating effective curriculums and developing universally acknowledged certification standards.
Established in 1982, APA represents more than 22,000 members as the payroll industry's professional association by setting the educational training standard in payroll compliance and operations through its certification board. APA also serves payroll professionals as their highly respected and collective voice in Washington, D.C.
Every year, over 20,000 professionals attend APA training sessions nationwide that include one- to five-day seminars, special interest conferences, online training, and audio seminars. Through training, members receive essential knowledge necessary to maintain compliance, to manage cost-effective payroll operations, and to move forward with their careers.
APA is responsible for compiling and standardizing the universally accepted body of payroll knowledge that is the basis for two levels of professional certification – Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC).
With the KAC program, APA now offers individuals, companies and groups the ability to calculate individual knowledge while receiving targeted training recommendations to overcome any knowledge gaps. These personalized recommendations draw on more than 300 training opportunities, offered on more than 500 training days, including online classes and tutorials, computer-based training applications, audio seminars, and a complete library of reference texts and research CDs. These resources are convenient and cost-effective training opportunities for you.
And if you already have CPP or FPC certification, each KAC assessment offers one recertification credit hour (RCH) when you score 80 percent or higher.
"The KAC program is a very powerful and useful tool. Assessments can be used to validate a new hire's payroll knowledge, or to develop a training plan for current payroll staff. The instant feedback to the individual and the manager (when purchasing group assessments) provides a better understanding of where the learning opportunities are in a very professional and confidential manner.”
- Brad Patterson, CPP Corporate Manager - System Payroll
SSM Health Care
St. Louis, MO
“The KAC program provided our organization with information on where we stand as a payroll department. It also gave our employees insight into other areas of payroll that their daily jobs do not cover. From the detailed results of the KAC, we now know where to focus our training dollars.”
- Gary Lynch, CPP Consultant
“I have been studying for the CPP exam. Now I know where I need to go back and reinforce.”
- Mary Miller Accountant
Reliable Machine Company
“KAC assessments will be a standard in our chapter's FPC and CPP study group and is great for either helping to determine an individual's plan of study or assessing his or her readiness for the exam. Using KAC assessments to assess candidates knowledge prior to the start of the study group really helps the facilitator(s) determine the areas in which they need to spend more time thus making the study group even more effective."
- Marilyn Phipps, CPP Director Corporate Payroll, Triumph Group, Inc. Harleysville, PA