American Payroll Association PayTrain® Certificate Program


In cooperation with the American Payroll Association, DePaul CPE presents the PayTrain® College & University program for payroll professionals. Comprised of two professional development courses, PayTrain® Level 1 and PayTrain® Level 2, this program is designed for all levels of payroll administration. Whether you are interested in preparing for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exams or are new to the industry and need to learn the basics of payroll, these courses will help you meet your goals.

For More Information, Contact:

Janie Rollinson
  • Email:
  • Phone: (312) 362-5792
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

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Who Should Attend

  • Experienced and entry-level payroll professionals
  • Managers and supervisors providing strategic payroll management
  • Sales professionals and consultants serving the payroll industry
  • Systems analysts and engineers writing payroll programs
  • Payroll service bureau client representatives


  • Get the "know how" to start or advance your payroll career
  • Understand payroll essentials through hands-on exercises
  • Improve your job performance by increasing accuracy and compliance
  • Learn from an experienced payroll facilitator
  • Access a network of peers to learn about payroll practices in other organizations
  • Gain a solid grounding in compliance issues related to tax and regulatory information
  • Prepare for the FPC and CPP exams
  • Earn recertification credit hours (RCHs) or continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain FPC or CPP credentials


American Payroll Association PayTrain College & University® Courses
PayTrain® College & University is the American Payroll Association's payroll professional development and certification exam preparation program offered in a college/university setting. Serving the entire payroll community, this program is ideal if you are a seasoned professional interested in advancing your career or sitting for a certification exam, as well as for new hires seeking an understanding of the industry. By enrolling in the program, you'll receive live classroom instruction, textbooks and access to interactive online games and applications to reinforce the topics learned.


  • Payroll foundation
  • Payroll essentials
  • Payroll accuracy
  • Compliance issues

Frequently Asked Questions

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What certificate is awarded upon completing this program?
Upon successful completion of both courses in the American Payroll Association PayTrain® Certificate Program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Professional Achievement from DePaul University.
This Certificate of Professional Achievement should not be confused with the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or the Fundamental Payroll certification (FPC) examinations. Certification examination fees for these exams are not included in the course fees. For information on all APA examination requirements, contact the APA at (210) 244-6406 or visit
Are there required materials?
Yes. There are APA PayTrain® course materials, which are included in the cost of tuition. The materials are distributed at the first class meeting.
Does this program qualify for financial assistance through the  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
In order to find out if you qualify for financial assistance, you must first contact Workforce Development. As a certified program under the  ILLINOIS workNet  initiative, this program has been approved for workforce training grants for those who are eligible. Funding may  be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Please contact Workforce Development for more information.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

Program Courses (2 Courses Required)
Required Courses
PayTrain® Level 1
PayTrain® Level 1 Online
PayTrain® Level 2

Required Fees Price
Registration - This program is NOT FREE. Students must pay for each component course.$0.00