Education & Certification


Payroll 201: Payroll Administration Certificate Program

Payroll 201: Payroll Administration Certificate Program

Program Overview - Offered virtually and in-person

This course provides intensive training on complex payroll functions and regulations. Attendees explore issues such as how the payroll function impacts the accounting, benefits, and human resources departments, as well as more complicated legal issues like benefits taxation, third-party sick pay reporting, and involuntary deductions. The hands-on course offers proven practices for managing a cost-effective payroll department and practical experience that can be immediately applied on the job.

Each virtual attendee will receive access to the Payroll Source Online for three months and the Payroll Source Study Guide, 2020 edition. Each in-person attendee will receive Payroll Source Study Guide, 2020 edition.

Registration for this course includes free pre- and post-class assessments using the Knowledge Assessment Calculator. Look for details in your course confirmation.

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2020 Pricing


Learning Objectives

  • Taxability and reporting of employee benefits
  • Federal taxation and withholdings
  • FLSA "white collar" exemption rules
  • How to prepare Forms W-2c and 941-X and their impact on other filings
  • Impact of benefit plans on the payroll process

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Who Should Attend

Payroll professionals who have mastered the fundamentals of payroll administration and wish to improve job performance as well as those preparing for the CPP exam.

Delivery Options

  • 5 day Interactive Virtual Classroom (Zoom)
  • 4-1/2 day In-Person at Meet Las Vegas, 233 South 4th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101


Interactive Virtual Classroom
Monday - Thursday
Classroom opens: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Classroom opens: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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.

There will be morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break.

Payroll Administration Certificate Program and the CPP Exam

Virtual course attendees have the opportunity to take the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam during the regularly scheduled testing window. Schedule early! The Fall window is open from September 5 through November 7, 2020. Exams administered from September 5, 2020 through September 10, 2021, feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2020.

For In-Person attendees the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam is offered on Friday after all classes (additional fees apply). Successful candidates use this course as a final review prior to taking the CPP exam. No single source should be considered adequate preparation for this exam.

Advance registration is required. The Payroll Administration Certificate Program registration fee does not include the certification exam fee.
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Credit Information

Earn up to 29 Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs), 2.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or 34 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. No advance preparation required. Fields of Study: Taxes = 22.0, Business Law = 12.0

ACE Credits

Attendees that successfully complete this course and score 80% or higher on the post test can earn up to 4.0 ACE credits.
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Hotel Accommodations

Room reservations and hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual. The 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.