Payroll Certification Exam

NACPB Payroll Certification

Free Practice Test

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NACPB's Uniform Payroll Certification examination (exam) is the exam administered to candidates who want to obtain Payroll Certification. The exam is developed and maintained by the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB).


Candidates who complete the Payroll Fundamentals course and pass the Payroll Certification exam may communicate to employers they possess Payroll Certification and distinguish themselves and build credibility by having authorized use of the Payroll Certification certificate and logo.


The exam is used to test the candidate's competency. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and simulations. To pass the exam, you must receive a minimum of 75% (37 out of 50 questions).

The exam tests the following:

  • The Need for Payroll and Personnel Records
  • Computing Wages and Salary
  • Social Security Taxes
  • Income Tax Withholding
  • Unemployment Compensation Taxes
  • Analyzing and Journalizing Payroll Transactions
  • Payroll Project

Time to Take and Pass the Exam

You have one year from the date of purchase to take and pass the exam. If you don't pass the exam, you can retake the exam by purchasing a retake exam.

Schedule to Take an Exam

Exams are taken on NACPB's Online Testing Center. You can take an exam at anytime and from anywhere with an Internet connected computer, tablet, or phone.

When you're ready to take the exam, go to NACPB's Schedule an Exam web page and schedule the date and time you want to take the exam. Access to the exam will be emailed to you the business day proceeding your scheduled date and time.

Taking the Exam

The exam is open-book and you have two hours to complete the exam.

Fee Includes

  • Payroll Certification Examination,
  • Payroll Certification certificate, and
  • Payroll Certification logo.


Nonmember $100
Member $80 (Order through the Members Only portal)


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