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 About APA

An overview of the American Payroll Association (APA), including its mission, membership benefits, professional certification, publications, and education offerings.

 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:

  1. To increase the Payroll Professional's skill level through education and mutual support.
  2. To obtain recognition for payroll work as practiced in today's business and legislative environments and as a professional discipline.
  3. To represent the Payroll Professional on the federal, state and local level.
  4. To provide public service education on payroll and employment issues.


Any one 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.
Membership Application - Join Online - Membership Benefits


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

 Professional Publications

APA publishes an updated library of publications supporting payroll compliance, research, and education.

  Professional Education

APA offers comprehensive education for payroll professionals, including a full slate of training courses and conferences.

Training is available in a variety of formats including Classroom training, Web-based training, Webinars and Audio Seminars.