- Certified Payroll Professional
The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation is an exam-based payroll certification attained by individuals who possess a high level of professional competency through both the acquisition of knowledge and direct payroll experience.
Prior to sitting for the exam, a CPP candidate must verify employment in the payroll profession preceding the exam date. The CPP designation indicates that an individual has the experience and skills necessary to provide strategic payroll management and support to facilitate a company’s overall business goals.
The CPP exam presumes that candidates have performed higher-level payroll functions, as well as management functions, during their careers.
According to Payroll.org's online copy of the CPP Examination Candidate Handbook
“ A payroll professional must be proficient in all aspects of taxation and tax reporting, MIS, human resources (including benefits), and accounting as each of these relate to the payroll environment. ” “ Upon successful completion of the CPP Examination, CPPs may be eligible to receive up to fifteen (15) undergraduate college credits as recommended by the American Council on Education’s Credit by Examination Program. ”
The Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) is an exam-based payroll certification designed specifically for (1) entry-level payroll practitioners; (2) payroll, HR, and finance consultants; (3) sales, service, and technology professionals interfacing with payroll operations; and (4) systems analysts and engineers developing and implementing payroll software solutions. The FPC designation is attained by individuals who possess payroll knowledge, not experience – thus there is no eligibility requirement that must be fulfilled to take the FPC exam.
The FPC exam content outline features comprehensive coverage of payroll fundamentals, including core payroll concepts, compliance, principles of paycheck calculations, payroll process, systems, and accounting. Preparation for the FPC exam will broaden an individual’s payroll knowledge base and increase his or her confidence as a payroll practitioner. 
- ^ Lambert, Vicki. Payroll: A Guide to Running an Efficient Department. pp. 279. ISBN 9780471721130. http://books.google.ca/books?id=0gwZboBNf44C&pg=PA279&lpg=PA279&dq=%22Certified+Payroll+Professional%22&source=web&ots=rhBSJQIGC0&sig=1Bolum_XmpxvHxrQlgoT-u3ENCw&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA279,M1.
- ^ "Certified Payroll Professional Web page". American Payroll Association. http://www.americanpayroll.org/certification/certification-cppinfo/. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- ^ "Fundamental Payroll Certification Web page". American Payroll Association. http://www.americanpayroll.org/certification/certification-fpcinfo/. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
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