paytrain logo APA’s PayTrain® College & University Program

In cooperation with the American Payroll Association, Temple College Business and Continuing Education presents the PayTrain College & University® program for payroll professionals. Comprised of two professional development courses, PayTrain Level 1 and PayTrain Level 2, the TC Payroll Professional Academy is designed for all levels of payroll administration. Students receive live classroom instruction, textbooks, and access to interactive online games and applications to reinforce topics learned.

The Level 1 course prepares you for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, and both Level 1 and Level 2 courses together, as well as required on-the-job payroll experiences, prepare you for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exam. The two parts of the program are required for the Certificate Program and together offer the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for the FPC and CPP exams.

Degrees & Certificates

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion. CEU’s will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of each of the two courses.   Graduates will also receive a Certificate of Achievement from the American Payroll Association, the premier association for payroll professionals and the recognized source of payroll education in the United States.

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Program Information

Admission Requirements

Individuals must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Have earned a high school diploma, GED, or High School Equivalency Certificate.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old.

PayTrain Level 1

Total Cost: $865


PayTrain Level 2

Total Cost: $859


Cost includes books, on-line resources for a year, and lunch at each six-hour session.


FPC Certification Logo Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)

The FPC is a certification credential for payroll beginners and service and support professionals. The exam is open to all those who wish to demonstrate a baseline of payroll competency. For more information, visit

CPP Certification Logo Certified Payroll Professional (CCP)

The CPP is a certification credential for those with some experience in payroll. To qualify for CPP certification, candidates must have earned three years of payroll experience in the five years prior to taking the exam. For more information, visit

Next Start Date

PayTrain Level 1

Spring 2019

PayTrain Level 2

Fall 2019