How to Become a Certified Payroll Specialist (CPS)

Assure Clients of Your Payroll Knowledge, Skill, Experience, and Ethics

Certified Payroll Specialist (CPS) Steps
1. Education
Complete NACPB Payroll Fundamentals Course or equivalent
Complete NACPB QuickBooks Online Fundamentals Course or equivalent
2. Exam (Take an exam upon completion of each course)
3. Experience (Work Experience Verification included in the Application for Licensure)
Verify one-year of payroll experience
4. Code of Ethics (Code of Professional Conduct Agreement included in the Application for Licensure)
Agree to abide by the CPS Professional Code of Conduct
5. Application
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Obtain 16 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each year beginning the year after you obtain your license.
Annual Renewal
Complete Annual CPE Reporting Certification Form (Included in the Application for License Renewal)