American Payroll Association

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Our Story

The American Payroll Association is the nation's leader in payroll education, publications, and training. 

Since 1982, it’s been our goal to increase the payroll professional’s skill level through knowledge and a supportive community of peers. Today, we offer top-rated payroll conferences and seminars, a complete library of resource texts, and industry-recognized certifications.

Our success is achieved through membership. We value APA membership as a shared commitment to improving the work lives of payroll professionals. We empower our members not only through education, but by seeking recognition for the work they do in today’s business and legislative environment. Representing more than 20,000 members, we are the industry’s highly respected and collective voice in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

Our Vision

American Payroll Association's vision is to create opportunities and forge a community by providing the education, skills, and resources necessary for payroll professionals to become successful leaders and strategic partners within their organizations.

Our Mission

The American Payroll Association pursues the following objectives:

  • To increase the Payroll Professional's skill level through education and mutual support.
  • To obtain recognition for payroll work as practiced in today's business and legislative environments and as a professional discipline.
  • To represent the Payroll Professional on the federal, state and local level.
  • To provide public service education on payroll and employment issues.

Our Core Values


We possess a vision that encourages others to learn, innovate, and share insight. We motivate others to make a positive difference in their own lives with courage and integrity today and in the future.


Everything we do is a team effort. We inspire, challenge, respect, and support team members to be their best and always maintain positive working relationships.


We are devoted to fulfilling APA's mission by providing education with enthusiasm and constantly striving to learn, develop and improve in all that we do.


We know that our members have to be 100% accurate in their jobs, so we do not settle for anything less in what we do in service to our members.


We are empowered to solve problems, suggest ideas for improvement, and propose new programs to better serve our membership.


We continuously build and encourage a mindset that celebrates the uniqueness among persons, ideas, and values.


We have fun at work, which leads to a dynamic company culture. A dynamic company culture boosts productivity. We work hard but we play hard too!