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Melissa Pigg, CPP
CPP/FPC Study Group Coordinator

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2020 CPP/FPC Study Group 

APA sets standards for payroll excellence through certification programs at two levels. Explore the benefits of certification of becoming certified as a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC).

ACAPA CPP/FPC Study Group classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July 7, 2020 through September 1, 2020, at Execupay, 10500 Heritage Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78216.

Questions pertaining to the CPP/FPC Study Group Class? Email [email protected] or call Melissa Pigg, CPP at (210) 366-9511.

CPP/FPC Testing Criteria and Course Description: Go to

CPP/FPC Exam Dates:   FALL 2020   September 5 - October 10, 2020

Certification exams administered beginning September 14, 2019 through September 4, 2020, questions should be answered ased on Federal laws and regulations in effect as of 1/1/2019. Mid-year changes are NOT reflected on the CPP exam.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an active member of the Alamo Chapter of the APA
  • CPP Eligibility:  Must qualify under either Criteria 1, 2 or 3 of the APA’s certification requirements to qualify for the CPP exam to attend the Study Group.  Requirements are available under the Certifications section of the APA website at
  • FPC Eligibility:  Open to all those who wish to demonstrate a baseline of payroll competency. 
  • If seeking CPP recertification, Criteria 1, 2 or 3 do not apply.

Course Description:

  • Thirteen-week instructed course to be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-8pm starting July 7 through August 18 plus 3 additional weeks of instructor-led review each Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-8pm starting August 25 through September 1.  Classes will be held at Execupay, 10500 Heritage Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78216. (From 281 heading North, exit San Pedro, make U-turn at Sahara St. onto San Pedro, turn right on Heritage Blvd.--10500 Heritage Blvd is on the right. From 281 heading South, exit Isom Rd. Turn left on Isom, right on Oasis, right on Desert Sands St., take first left on Morocco St., then right on Heritage Blvd--10500 Heritage Blvd is on the right. From 410, take San Pedro exit, go north on San Pedro for 1.1 miles and then turn right on Heritage Blvd for .2 miles--10500 Heritage Blvd. is on the right.) 
  • In addition to the Payroll Source text as a study tool, participants will be required to complete the APA online learning tool, Knowledge Assessment Calculator (KAC) “Preparing for the Certified Payroll Professional Exam” assessment at the beginning of the course to assist instructors in targeting areas of instruction where the class and individuals need additional practice.  Another KAC is available at the end of the study group to assess the participant’s knowledge and skills prior to sitting for the exam. 
  • Materials included in registration fee are:
  • APA Payroll Source, 2020 Edition ($310 value)
  • APA Knowledge Assessment Calculators ([email protected]$30 value each) – web-based tool to identify your strengths and weaknesses in the six areas of the payroll body of knowledge
  • A set of 2020 Flash-cards for study purposes ($20 value)
  • Attendees must attend a MINIMUM of 10 classes, not including the Introduction/KAC testing, to receive the certificate of completion.  Sign-in to each class is required to obtain certification credit hours.

Class Schedule
07/07/20   Introduction/KAC Testing

07/09/20   Section 01: Employer-Employee Relationship
                 Section 14: Payroll for US Employees Abroad & Aliens in the US
07/14/20   Section 02: Federal Wage Hour Laws
07/16/20   Section 03: Taxable and Non-taxable Compensation
07/21/20   Section 04: Health, Accident, & Retirement Benefits
07/23/20   Section 05: Paying the Employee
07/28/20   Section 09: Other Deductions from Pay
                 Section 10: Recordkeeping and Record Retention
07/30/20   Section 06: Withholding Taxes
08/04/20   Section 07: Unemployment Insurance
08/06/20   Section 08: Depositing and Reporting Withheld Taxes
08/11/20   Section 11: Payroll Accounting
08/13/20   Section 12: Payroll Systems and Technology
                 Section 13: Managing a Payroll Department
08/18/20   End of Class Celebration
08/25/20   Review, Flash Cards, & Sample Test
08/27/20   Review, Flash Cards, & Sample Test
09/01/20   Review, Flash Cards, & Sample Test

Payment Information:

    • Class and KACs + Payroll Source text + Join Alamo Chapter $500.00
    • Class and KACs + Payroll Source text (Alamo Chapter member) $450.00
    • Class and KACs, no textbook1 + Join Alamo Chapter $280.00
    • Class and KACs, no textbook1 (Alamo Chapter member) $230.00

1 Class participants will be using the 2020 Edition of the APA’s Payroll Source.  If an attendee has a personal copy of this version to use during each class, the registration price has been reduced accordingly.

Either pay online or make checks payable to the Alamo Chapter APA and mail to:

Alamo Chapter of the APA
P.O. Box 160612
San Antonio, TX  78280

For additional information, please logon to the website.

Within 48 hours before the class start date, written notice of cancellation is required and a refund of the class cost, less the cost of textbook (if purchased as part of class), will be processed. No refund will be granted for ACAPA membership dues. A $50 administrative fee will be applied.

Within 48 hours after the class start date, written notice of cancellation is required and a refund of the class cost, less the cost of textbook (if purchased as part of class) and KAC assessments already taken, will be processed. No refund will be granted for ACAPA membership dues. A $50 administrative fee will be applied.