Education & Certification


Payroll 101: Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program

Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program

Program Overview

This course is an important first step in payroll education that covers the basic procedures, processes, and terminology defining the daily workload of the beginning payroll practitioner. It provides a thorough overview of the laws and regulations that affect payroll. Practical experience is also gained through "hands-on" computer-based exercises that allow each participant to work through actual payroll forms and payroll calculations. Each attendee will receive Payroll Practice Fundamentals.

Registration for this course includes free pre- and post-class assessments using the Knowledge Assessment Calculator.

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2020 Pricing


Learning Objectives

  • Calculate gross pay and deductions from pay
  • Calculate tax withholding
  • Prepare Forms W-2 and 941
  • Determine what employer-provided benefits are taxable or subject to reporting

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Who Should Attend

Individuals who are just entering the payroll profession, supervisors and managers new to the payroll environment, and those preparing for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exams.

Delivery Options

  • Five-day class

Class Schedule

Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


For classes held in the San Antonio Meeting Center, the address is:
660 North Main Ave., Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78205

For classes held at MEET Las Vegas, the address is:
233 South 4th St. (enter at the corner of 4th and Bridger and ring the buzzer)
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Foundations of Payroll and the FPC Exam

Course attendees have the opportunity to take the FPC: Fundamental Payroll Certification exam on Friday afternoon at the end of each course.

Advance registration is required. The Foundations of Payroll Certificate Program registration fee does not include the certification exam fee.

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Recertification Credit Hours

Earn up to 29 Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs), 2.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or 34 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours. No advance preparation required. Fields of Study: Taxes = 24.0, Business Law = 6.0, Communication and Marketing = 4.0

ACE Credits

Attendees that successfully complete this course and score 80% or higher on the post test can earn up to 3.0 ACE credits.

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Hotel Accommodations

Room reservations and hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual. APA is not responsible for any issues related to reservations that the individual makes directly with the hotel. This includes final payments or adjustments.

Event Policies

Please read our policies regarding registration, transfers, substitutions, cancellations, refunds, travel arrangements, and consent to use your photograph and contact information.

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