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Certified Payroll Professional Study Guide

The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) Certification Examination offered by the American Payroll Association (APA) qualifies successful test takers as Certified Payroll Professionals (CPP).

The APA allows for many different approaches to fulfilling the eligibility criteria for the exam. Candidates can select the option that works for their unique situation.

The first option is for the candidate to have been employed in a payroll administering capacity for three years out of the past five. This could be anyone in payroll accounting, reporting, production, systems, or taxation. This may also be those in administration or education.

The second option for eligibility asks the candidate to have been employed as identified in the first option for two full years and have completed all of the APA courses:

* Payroll Practice Essentials
* Intermediate Payroll Concepts
* Advanced Payroll Concepts
* Strategic Payroll Practices

The third option asks the candidate to have been employed for the past 18 months in a job as defined in option one and also complete Payroll 201 or other courses as identified by the APA in order to sit for the exam.

Once a person determines whether they can sit for the CPP exam they should focus on what they will encounter on that test. The core of the test focuses on payroll concepts like worker status, professional responsibilities, employee benefits and taxes. The rest centers on compliance issues like reporting and penalties, paycheck calculations, including benefits, deductions, voluntary deductions, and payroll process and accounting principles. Some of the questions also touch on administration issues like staffing and management skills.

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