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  • This option combines online instruction with the comprehensive learning modules (available while logged in via ereader and in print format) and interactive study exercises, quizzes, calculations and flashcards.
  • Online instructor provides weekly assignments and feedback
  • The course syllabus helps eliminate procrastination, ensuring completion of the course in a specified period of time
  • Anticipate spending 3 hours/week for 8 weeks to complete the PayTrain Fundamentals course
  • Access to web-based study tools through Sept. 17, 2022
  • APA Member/Colleague discounts applied during checkout.
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This PayTrain® Fundamentals Guided-Study course includes all the features of the self-directed course with the benefit of online instructor guidance and interaction with peers. Choose from 29 course start dates throughout the year.

Although not guaranteed, orders placed before 1:00 PM CST during standard business hours will most likely ship the same day. Orders shipped via FedEx ground (with the exception of AK and HI which are shipped via FedEx Express) will normally arrive within 3-7 business days of processing the order. To find estimated transit times to your location click here. We cannot ship to PO or APO boxes. Please enter a valid street address.

Please note: Given current conditions, you may experience longer than normal shipping times on printed materials. We appreciate your patience.

The cost of PayTrain Fundamentals or PayTrain does NOT include the FPC or CPP exam fee. For details about the exams, click here.

The 2021 PayTrain materials align with the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 FPC and CPP exams. Purchasers of the 2021 materials will have access to the online portion of the program through September 17, 2022.


Volume/Group Discounts Available

If there are multiple training candidates within your organization or if you have organized a group of co-workers who would like to study together, save more per program beyond member pricing.

Contact Mike Downs, at +1-888-852-6664 or for quantity discounts.

Membership Savings

Join now to save up to $275 on your purchase!

International and Military

If you are preparing to take the CPP certification exam at an international testing site or a military testing center before September 14, 2020, please contact Mike Downs to determine which preparation materials to purchase.

Email Mike Downs at or call +1-888-852-6664 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CT).


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Call +1-800-444-5015 (US, toll-free) or +1-651-905-2613 (outside North America).

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1-2 units: Call 1-800-444-5015 (USA/Canada) or 1-651-905-2613 (outside North America)
3 or more units: Call 1-888-852-6664 for volume discounts. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CT M-F.

Download, print and mail your PayTrain Fundamentals or PayTrain order form to:

API Fund for Payroll Education, Inc.
c/o Holmes Corporation
2975 Lone Oak Drive, Suite 180
Eagan, MN 55121