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 American Payroll Association

 The American Payroll Association is the professional society for Payroll Professionals.

This page is designed to provide a quick overview about the American Payroll Association (APA). Information contained here may interest the Payroll Professional in becoming a member in this vast growing association. The APA provides a wealth of knowledge, government resources, continuing education classes, professional certification, volunteer opportunities and much, much more. .

APA Mission Statement

The American Payroll Association is the professional society for Payroll Professionals. Founded in 1982 it is run by a professional staff under the direction of the Executive Director, the member President, and Board of Directors. The Association pursues the following objectives:

  • To increase the Payroll Professional's skill level through education and mutual support.

  • To obtain recognition for payroll work as practiced in today's business and legislative environments and as a professional discipline.

  • To represent the Payroll Professional on the federal, state and local level.

  • To provide public service education on payroll and employment issues.

APA Membership

Anyone engaged in payroll administration and/or related fields is eligible for APA membership. APA proudly represents a true cross section of the payroll profession made up predominantly of payroll managers from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, with a growing constituency in Canada and other foreign nations, whose payroll informational needs are as diverse as the number of employees paid and as demanding as the number of states and countries in which they pay. To become a member complete the APA Membership Online Application.  

Professional Certification  

APA sets the standards for payroll excellence though certification programs at two levels. Explore the benefits of certification for you and your staff.

Fundamental Payroll Certification

Certified Payroll Professional

Please visit the APA website at to find more information on how APA can provide the Payroll Profession more resources on Government websites, Professional publications, education, training and webinars Professional Education and volunteer opportunities at the National level.


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