Education & Certification


Payroll Practice Essentials

Payroll Practice Essentials

Program Overview

Payroll Practice Essentials is the first step in the APA’s Progression Series. Acquire the payroll knowledge, skills, and abilities required to produce accurate paychecks and ensure payroll compliance. This course teaches fundamental pay calculations through hands-on exercises, then moves on to more complex concepts and calculations.
2022 Program Brochure

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ATTENTION: Effective April 1, APA requires all attendees at its 2022 in-person events to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. See our current Health and Safety Procedures for more information.

2022 Pricing


Learning Objectives

 • Calculate gross and net pay
 • Recognize taxable vs. nontaxable fringe benefits
 • Withhold, deposit, and report federal income taxes
 • Prepare and file Forms 941 and W-2
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Who Should Attend

Payroll practitioners in the early stages of their careers, along with accounting, benefits, bookkeeping, HR administrators, anyone interfacing with payroll, and those preparing for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exams.

Delivery Options

 • Nine-session Virtual Classroom
 • Three-day Interactive Virtual Sessions
 • Three-day In-Person Class


Virtual Classroom
Schedule: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Duration: Two hours with a five-minute break
Number of Class Sessions: Nine
Dates: 22PPE02V Wednesday/Friday - 7/6, 7/8, 7/13, 7/15, 7/20, 7/22, 7/27, 7/29, 8/3
22PPE03V Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 8/8, 8/10, 8/12, 8/15, 8/17, 8/19, 8/22, 8/24, 8/26
22PPE04V Tuesday/Thursday - 10/4, 10/6, 10/11, 10/13, 10/18, 10/20, 10/25, 10/27, 11/1
The virtual classroom uses an online training center. The course is presented in segments which cannot be purchased separately.

Interactive Virtual
Schedule: Classroom opens: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dates: 22PPE02Z Wednesday/Thursday/Friday - 4/20-4/22 - CT
22PPE03Z Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday - 6/27-6/29 - ET
22PPE04Z Wednesday/Thursday/Friday - 9/14-9/16 - PT
22PPE05Z Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - 10/11-10/13 - ET
The Interactive Virtual course uses Zoom. There will be morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break.

In-Person Classroom
Schedule: Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dates: 22PPE01C Orlando, FL - Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 6/6-6/8 ET
22PPE02C Seattle, WA - Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 7/18-7/20 PT
22PPE03C Chicago, IL - Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 8/24-8/26 CT
22PPE04C Dallas, TX - Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 9/19-9/21 CT
22PPE05C San Jose, CA - Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 10/19-10/21 PT
There will be morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break.

Credit Information

Earn up to 18 Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs), 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or 21 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. Program Level: Overview. No advance preparation required. Fields of Study: Taxes = 15, Business Law = 4, Communications and Marketing = 2

Event Policies and Health and Safety Procedures

Please read our Event Policies regarding registration, transfers, substitutions, cancellations, refunds, travel arrangements, and consent to use your photograph and contact information, and our Health and Safety Procedures, which require attendees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for our in-person events.

Please be sure to verify your session before purchasing.
A $55 administrative fee will be assessed for each transfer/substitution.