PayTrain APAAPA’s PayTrain® College & University Program

The PayTrain College & University® program is designed to increase your knowledge of payroll compliance from a basic understanding in PayTrain

Fundamentals to an advanced level in PayTrain Mastery. The Fundamentals class prepares you for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, and both classes as well as required on-the-job Payroll experiences prepare you for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exam.

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 Fundamentals and PayTrain Mastery, 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.

PayTrain Fundamentals teaches the fundamental payroll calculations and applications necessary for individuals who are new to the payroll industry, those who support the payroll industry, and those who are preparing for the FPC or CPP certification examinations. This part of the program will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills required to maintain payroll compliance and prevent costly penalties.

PayTrain Mastery is a continuation of PayTrain Fundamentals and provides students with an in-depth understanding of the advanced payroll topics necessary for payroll managers and supervisors. This part of the program is ideal for experienced payroll professionals seeking compliance training, professional development, or CPP certification preparation.  Please note that PayTrain Fundamentals is a prerequisite for PayTrain Mastery.

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.

4 Ways to Register

1. Online Form

credit cards

2. Phone

Call our office at 254-298-8625

3. Fax
Complete BCE Registration Form and fax to 254-298-8317
4. In Person

Temple College Main Campus, Berry Hall
2600  South 1st Street
Temple, Texas 76504

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
8 a.m. – Noon

Certification Information

APA’s Certificate of Achievement

As part of this Certificate Program, participants will 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. Successful completion of both the PayTrain® Fundamentals and Payroll PayTrain® Mastery courses is required.

You will also receive Temple College Business and Continuing Education Certificate of Completion for each of the two classes comprising The Payroll Professional Academy: 3.2 CEUs upon satisfactory completion of the PayTrain Fundamentals class and 3.6 CEUs upon satisfactory completion of the PayTrain Mastery class.

Learn more about the certifications:

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:

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:

Course Details

New Class Dates Coming Soon
Next Class: Spring 2018


The 2018 Payroll Professional Academy, Part I:  PayTrain Fundamentals will meet for 32-hours of classroom time.  The Core 30-hours meet on:


 9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

There is also a two-hour “working lab” session scheduled for:

Saturday, 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

All sessions meet in Berry Hall on the Temple College Main Campus.

Please register two weeks prior to class start date to avoid a $75 late fee.

(Part II of the Academy, PayTrain Mastery, will be targeted for early 2018.)

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Course Investment

Registration costs cover instruction, books, on-line resources for a year, and lunch each six-hour session.

PayTrain Fundamentals

$659,  if registered by deadline.
A $75 late fee is assessed when registered after deadline.

PayTrain Mastery

$795,  if registered by deadline (TBD).
A $75 late fee is assessed when registered after deadline.


The ways to register are listed above.

A $75 late fee will be assessed for registrations received after established deadlines, and there will be no guarantee that participant materials will arrive by the first session if registration is late.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund is available for those who cancel prior to the second class meeting PROVIDED that the PayTrain materials are still in their shrink wrap, and online resources have not been accessed. Otherwise, only a $250 refund is available. After the second session, no refunds are available.

Course Outline

Each of the following topics will be covered first at the introductory (PayTrain Fundamentals) level, then as an advanced (PayTrain Mastery) study in much more depth:

Module 1: Payroll Concepts: Introduction to Payroll, Employee/Independent Contractor; Fair Labor Standards; Employment Forms

Module 2: Payroll Calculations: Calculation of Over-time Premium; Calculation of Gross Pay; Calculation of Federal Income Tax; Calculation of Social Security and Medicare Taxes; Calculation of AEIC; Calculation of Voluntary Deductions; Calculation of Involuntary Deductions; Calculations of Net Pay

Module 3: Fringe Benefits: Fringe Benefits Rules; Nontaxable Benefits; Cafeteria Plans; Retirement Plans

Module 4: Payroll Reporting and Employment Taxes: Tax Deposit Requirements; Quarterly Returns, Annual Returns

Module 5: Record Keeping and Payroll Practices: Systems; Penalties

Module 6: Payroll Accounting: Accounting Terminology; Account Classification; Journal Entries; Reconciliations; Internal Control

Module 7: Administration: Customer Service; Time Management; Communication

Yolanda Davis, CPP, will lead the 2017 Fall class.  Ms. Davis is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), who has worked in professional payroll/accounting positions for over 20 years. In her current role as Payroll Officer-Accountant VII for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) her responsibilities include designing training sessions, and accompanying learning materials, for leading payroll-related workshops with TCEQ employees.  Ms. Davis serves on the board of the Centex Chapter of the American Payroll Association, for which she is one of the leaders of the CPP study group in Austin. She has a BA in Accounting from Concordia University.

Who Can Benefit?

The Payroll Professional Academy serves a wide variety of payroll professionals. Ideal candidates include:

  • Payroll professionals who are preparing for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) examination
  • New payroll employees
  • Experienced payroll employees who aspire to assume greater responsibilities
  • Business owners/managers needing to ensure compliance
  • Personnel in payroll service companies who need a basic understanding of payroll
  • Payroll software developers and technical support representatives
  • Post-secondary students interested in moving into the payroll profession
  • FPCs and CPPs needing to earn Recertificate Credit Hours (RCHs) for recertification

How Will You Benefit?

By completing TC’s Payroll Professional Academy, you will gain:

  • A foundation of knowledge for starting or advancing your payroll career
  • Improved job performance by increasing accuracy and compliance
  • Reduction to your company’s exposure to penalties
  • Access to a network of peers to learn about payroll practices in other organizations
  • Solid grounding in compliance issues related to tax and regulatory information
  • Preparation for the FPC and CPP exams
  • 6.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing both Parts I & II
  • Recertification credit hours (RCHs) to maintain FPC or CPP credentials if you are already a FPC or CPP
  • 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. This certificate is presented only to those who successfully complete both Parts I and II of The Payroll Professional Academy.

How Will Your Employer Benefit?

Organizations that provide payroll training to their employees through APA’s PayTrain College & University® program will see a significant return on investment.

  • Understanding of complex regulatory requirements helps prevent costly noncompliance penalties
  • Professional development increases employee loyalty and productivity
  • Local course offerings provide an opportunity to train multiple employees without the time and expense of travel and time out of the office
  • Employees receive live training without significant travel and time away from work
  • Classroom training provides motivation and a set schedule for course completion