Payroll education is the focus of the
APA and the WMAC! 

Since inception, the WMAC has been instrumental in the education of our members.  Please use the links to the left to direct you to the pages that may interest you.  The WMAC offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year!  Below is a summary of the various educational opportunities:

CPP/FPC Study Group -  These classes are designed to assist WMAC members with preparation for the CPP/FPC exam(s). For more information, click here.

One Day Classes - WMAC offers various one day classes either on current topics of interest or one day cram for the exam type classes for the CPP/FPC Exam.  For upcoming classes, click here.

Monthly Chapter Meetings - WMAC offers educational opportunities each month.  These opportunities cover a variety of topics and generally offer 2 RCH credits for attendance.  These can be found under "Events" on the website. 

Workforce Development Classes (WDC) - These classes are offered at various times throughout the year. These sessions are webinars that offer various skills that a Payroll Professional may need.  To see what is coming up, click here.


Education Grants

Each year, the WMAC awards the Maureen (Reed) Brown Education Grant to one member.  This grant was created in honor of our founder Maureen (Reed) Brown and is modeled off of the APA Education Grants.  Click here for more information.

APA offers a variety of Payroll Education Grants each year.  For more information visit the APA Education Grant Page.


Money Matters Education Day

Giving back to our community is extremely important to the WMAC.  This local APA program is administered at several of our local schools.  For more information, click here.


Other Training Opportunities

In addition to the WMAC, there are a variety of other training opportunitie available.

APA Conferences and Courses - The APA offers a variety of in person, online and webinar courses throughout the year.  In addition, they offer a variety of conferences at various times during the year.  Visit the APA website under Courses and Conferences.

PayTrain College and University - This is a course offering at local community colleges. For more information, click here.

Payroll Knowledge Assessment Calculatory (KAC) - The KAC allows you to assess your knowledge, evaluate and develop your staff, and screen job applicants.  For more information on the KAC, visit the Payroll KAC website.

CPP/FPC Study Groups of Other APA Chapters (some may be offered online) - Registered CPP/FPC Study Groups can be found on the APA website under Certification.


Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference
"VSPC Payroll University"



APA Payroll Certifications

The American Payroll Association developed and administers the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) certification programs.

The CPP is the way for payroll to finally be recognized as a measurable professional discipline. The CPP designation is an indication that an individual has achieved a high level of expertise and is qualified to meet the broad range of complex issues faced by Payroll Professionals every day. 

To better serve all levels of the payroll community, the American Payroll Association developed a second certification, the FPC.  This certification was first administered in September 2000.  The FPC designation is awarded to individuals based on payroll knowledge, not expertise; thus, there are no eligibility requirements for the FPC examination. 

As of December 31, 2011 there are more than 10,000 CPPs and 4,400 FPCs.

For more information on the certifications,visit the APA Website.


Retaining WMAC Related Certificates

Maintaining records of all your RCH credits is critical to the CPP/FPC recertification process.  If you misplace your RCH certificates from WMAC related events, it may be difficult for us to research and provide duplicates.  We will make every effort to help in replacing these documents, but cannot guarantee that we can do so in a timely manner.

For more information contact:

The Education Committee at