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1 CPP and FPC Exams Mary Brumm, CPP California Payroll Conference September 11 and 12, 2014

2 Agenda Purpose of the Exams Choosing the correct exam - FPC or CPP Preparing for the Exam Testing Information and Test Taking Tips Resources Summary

3 Purpose of the Exams Provide industry standard of knowledge for payroll professionals Competency measurement for employers Encourage professional growth and development Promote the Payroll Profession Promote Payroll as a strategy partner in the organization

4 Benefits Career development Held in high esteem by your company and peers Expand your knowledge base Considered a payroll professional an asset to companies Demonstrates the payroll expertise and professional development. More companies are requiring FPP or CPP designation Ability to network with peers and payroll subject matter experts

5 CPP or FPC Exam? Payroll Body of Knowledge DomainCPP Exam ContentFPC Exam Content I. Core Payroll Concepts27.5%40% II. Compliance23%22% III. Principles of Paycheck Calculations20% IV. Payroll Process and Systems8.5%12% V. Accounting6.0%6% VI. Management and Administration15%

6 CPP – Core Payroll Concepts 27% A. Worker Status B. Fair Labor Standards Act C. Employment Taxes D. Employee Benefits E. Employee / Employer Forms F. Professional Responsibility G. Methods and Timing of Pay

7 CPP - Compliance/Research and Resources 21% A. Escheatment B. Regulatory - Maintain Compliance and Accuracy of Payroll Processing C. Reporting D. Record Retention E. Penalties F. Global

8 CPP – Calculation of the Paycheck 20% A. Compensation / Benefits B. Involuntary Deductions / Taxes C. Voluntary Deductions (pre and post tax) D. Employer Taxes and Contributions E. Net Pay

9 CPP - Payroll Process and Supporting Systems and Administration 9% A. Maintain master file components B. Concepts and Functionalities C. Disaster Recovery Plan D. Selection E. Implementation / Upgrades F. Maintenance / Updates G. Project Management

10 CPP - Payroll Administration and Management 10% A. Policies and Procedures (e.g., overtime, benefits, leave) B. Staffing, Employee Development, and Core Competencies C. Management Skills and Practices D. Communication / Customer Service

11 CPP – Audits 7% A. Internal Controls B. Payroll System Controls C. Accounting System Controls D. Third Party Controls E. Audit Policies and Procedures

12 CPP – Accounting A. Accounting Principles B. General Ledger Account Classification C. Payroll Journal Entry D. Account Reconciliation

13 FPC – Core Payroll Concepts – 40% A. Worker Status B. Fair Labor Standards Act C. Employment Taxes D. Employee Benefits E. Employee / Employer Forms F. Professional Responsibility G. Methods and Timing of Pay

14 FPC – Compliance/Research and Resources 20% A. Escheatment B. Regulatory - Maintain Compliance and Accuracy of Payroll Processing C. Reporting D. Record Retention E. Penalties

15 FPC – Calculation of the Paycheck 22% A. Compensation/Benefits B. Involuntary Deductions / Taxes C. Voluntary Deductions (pre and post tax) D. Employer Taxes and Contributions E. Net Pay

16 FPC – Payroll Process and Supporting Systems and Administration 2% A. Maintain master file components B. Concepts and Functionalities C. Disaster Recovery Plan

17 FPC – Payroll Administration and Management – 7% A. Policies and Procedures (e.g., overtime, benefits, leave) B. Management Skills and Practices C. Communication / Customer Service

18 FPC – Audits 5% A. Internal Controls B. Payroll System Controls C. Accounting Systems Controls D. Audit Policies and Procedures

19 FPC – Accounting – 4% A. Accounting Principles B. General Ledger Account Classification C. Payroll Journal Entry D. Account Reconciliation

20 Steps to Certification 1. Read and review CPP or FPC Candidate Handbook (determine exam) 2. Set Your goal – Written commitment to yourself 3. Gather study material and set up a plan of action 4. Make sure you have allowed enough time at least 3 -6 months 5. Register for the exam

21 Exciting NEW APA Training – CPC and FPC Training

22 Use a variety of Education Material The Payroll Source or Resource Ready CD Pay Train Payroll Practice Fundamentals (FPC) IRS Employer Tax Guides

23 Testing Window Two Testing Windows – Spring and Fall APA Payroll 101 and Payroll 201 week long course provide an opportunity to take the exam at the end of the week. Register for APA's free Preparing for the CPP and FPC Exams Webinar On Demand to help you develop a plan for success when sitting for the certification exams. The 2014 certification exams will be on Federal laws and regulations as of January 1, 2014 for the period of September 13, 2014 – September 18, 2015

24 Preparation Tips Set up a Study Plan Reduce Exam Anxiety (Relax) Practice Using your calculator Take Chapter Quizzes in Payroll Source or Payroll Practice Fundamentals (FPC) Take Practice Exam Read question carefully Don’t spend excessive time on one answer Verify Gross Up questions

25 CPP and FPC Questions

26 The maximum GTL coverage amount that is excluded from an employee’s income is: A. $ B. $ C. $ D. $

27 Which entry is used to record wages earned but not paid? A. Debit accrued wages; credit wages payable B. Debit accrued wages; credit wage expense C. Debit wages payable; credit accrued wages D. Debit wages expense; credit wages payable

28 Copy A of Form W-2 must be file with the : A. IRS B. SSA C. FLSA D. State Department of Revenue

29 Testing Information and Testing Tips

30 Testing Center Rules Be on time Bring Pearson VUE conformation number Two forms of Identification Dress appropriately to accommodate testing center temperature (Wear layers) Pearson will provide whiteboard and erasable pen

31 Testing Rules Continued…. IRS tables and forms are included with the testing software No questions about the test are allowed Calculator – Only silent, non printing or solar powered calculators are allowed. Battery operated may be preferred given lighting in testing center No rest periods are schedule. Testing proctor may allow examinee to leave but no additional time is given

32 Not allowed in Testing Center Books or notes Food or drink Smoking Personal belonging - purse, back pack, phone, tablet Pets or Children

33 Exam Tips Read each question in its entirely and watch for emphasis on Must, Except, Best,Not Answer the questions you know immediately. If you don’t know the answer mark the question to go back to. Don’t spend too much time on a difficult question No penalty for incorrect answer. Be sure to guess if you don’t know the answer Double check you have used the appropriate table

34 CPP and FPC Questions

35 The IRS provides wage-bracket withholding tables for all of the following pay frequencies EXCEPT: A. Weekly B. Biweekly C. Monthly D. Annual

36 Payroll records are required to be: A. In paper form B. On microfiche and paper C. Hand written D. In and readable, retrievable form

37 Summary Set your Goal and allow enough time Create a study plan Find a study partner Sign up for a local chapter CPC class or look at local colleges Consider APA Bootcamp classes Sign up for a exam date Relax and you can achieve your goal Believe in yourself Celebrate

38 Thank you for your attention


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