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MY-CPE LLC is approved by the American Payroll Association (APA) to offer Continuing Education (RCH) courses for Certified Payroll Professionals (CPP). MY-CPE LLC has effectively met the standards set up by the American Payroll Association. We are focused on providing quality continuing education content that incorporates the core payroll concepts, calculation of the paycheck, accounting, and auditing. Our APA-approved RCH courses are authored/reviewed by industry specialists and subject matter experts.  All our courses are designed in a way to ensure that courses meet your continuing education requirements for recertification.


RCH Requirements
120 RCHs during the 5-year recertification period.
License renewal period
December 31 after every 5 years.
RCH Reporting Cycle
January 1 of the year following recertification and ends on December 31 of the fifth year following recertification.
Ethics Requirement
There is no ethics requirement.
Carry Over Credits
The American Payroll Association (APA) does not allow Certified Payroll Professionals to carry excess RCH credits over from the next reporting cycle.

Click for further reference on RCH regulations for Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).

All CPPs are required to complete at least 120 RCHs during the 5-year recertification period. Many of our programs in Live and Self-Study are approved for continuing education for Certified Payroll Professional. 

There is no ethics requirement for a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).

The Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) renewal period ends on 31st December every 5 years.

 RCH reporting cycle for Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) is January 1 of the year following recertification and ends on December 31 of the fifth year following recertification. 

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Here is a link to the APS website to access FAQs on RCH Requirements and Regulations for Certified Payroll Professionals.

I Core Payroll Concepts 24%

  • Worker Status
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Employment Taxes
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee / Employer Forms
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Methods and Timing of Pay

II Compliance / Research and Resources 16%

  • Escheatment
  • Legislative and Regulatory Requirements
  • Reporting
  • Record Retention
  • Penalties
  • Global
  • Multi-state Taxation / Reporting

III Calculation of the Paycheck 20%

  • Compensation / Benefits
  • Fringe Benefits
  • Involuntary Deductions / Taxes
  • Voluntary Deductions
  • Employer Taxes and Contributions
  • Total Payroll

IV Payroll Process and Supporting Systems and Administration 12%

  • Maintain Master File Components
  • Concepts and Functionalities
  • Business Continuity Plan
  • Technology Evaluation
  • Upgrade / Implementation Knowledge
  • System Maintenance / Updates
  • System / Project Implementations

V Payroll Administration and Management 10%

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Management Skills and Practices
  • Customer Service and Communication
  • Staffing, Employee Development, and Core Competencies

VI Audits 9%

  • Internal Controls
  • Payroll System Controls
  • Accounting System Controls
  • Audit Policies and Procedures
  • Third-Party Controls

VII Accounting 9%

  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounting Principles
  • Payroll Journal Entry
  • Account Reconciliation

Click Here for further reference on the APA website.

myCPE meets all the RCH requirements of CPPs as per APA.

No, there are no minimum RCH requirements in a particular subject area.

RCHs can be earned by participating as an attendee or facilitator in most of the seminars or programs designed and administered by the APA. A CPP may attend pre-approved third-party educational activities offered by Approved Providers, APA Local Chapters, and accredited colleges and universities.

All programs presented by organizations other than APA should be pre-approved by APA before submission toward recertification. 

For a program to qualify for recertification, you must be able to answer YES to ALL of the following questions:

  • Is the educational activity offered by the APA, Approved Provider program, Local Chapter RCH program, or an accredited college/university course?
  • Does the content of the program fall within the CPP Content Outline and KSAs or the CPP Content Outline and KSAs?
  • Does the content of the program fall within the definition of the payroll industry? The payroll industry is defined as the production, reporting, accounting, systems, taxation, administration, and/or education/consulting.
  • Was the program completed during the applicable recertification period?

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It is not necessary to submit all documentation for proof of completion when recertifying. However, the certificate is fully responsible for retaining all documentation (certificates, letters of completion, official transcripts, etc.) and submitting to APA's Certification Department if they are randomly selected for a mandatory audit. 

The CPP is responsible for maintaining an accurate record of each program attended along with the required documentation as outlined above that qualifies for CPP recertification.

The license renewal fee is $150.

A CPP can complete 100% of the total required RCH credits hours via self-study courses. i.e., a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) can complete all 120 RCHs via self-study courses from APA-approved RCH sponsors as myCPE is approved by APA (Approval number 372961).

No, the Short video (Nano learning) method is not approved for the RCH requirements of Certified Payroll Professional.

No, a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) cannot carry over excess credit earned in a particular renewal cycle.

If the individual did not complete the 120 hours of RCH requirements by December 31st, he/she will not qualify for recertification through continuing education. In such a case, the CPP designation will be removed from APA's records. To become certified again, the individual must retake and pass the appropriate exam.

For further information CLICK HERE.

For CPPs recertifying for the first time, the recertification period begins the day certification is attained through December 31, five full calendar years later.

myCPE provides courses that are approved for recertification credit hours by APA. Based on the guidelines issued by these boards regarding RCH Requirements we recommend the programs/ webinars be suitable for APA specified in each webinar. However, it will be the responsibility of each attendee to ensure that they are eligible for the Continuing Education Credits based on their occupation/ job profile, knowledge requirements as well as guidelines laid down by their regulatory board before registering for the webinars. 

CLICK HERE to view the APA website for RCH requirements for CPP.


Approved By
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) 143597
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) GEHNZ
California Tax Education Council (CTEC) 6273
Certified Financial Planner Board (CFP) 8061
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) RP5359
Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) 714694
FP Canada CE17222
American Payroll Association (APA) 372961
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) 010556
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) 158002756
New York State Board of Public Accountancy (NYSPA) 002976
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National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) Approved
Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) Approved
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Approved
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Approved

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