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PayTrain Level 2

Join the 16,000+ payroll professionals who have earned the prestigious Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designations, and prove your knowledge, competency, and value to colleagues and employers.

Enhance your skills while you prepare for exam-day success with Prince George's Community College‘s PayTrain Level 1 and PayTrain Level 2.


Offered in partnership with the American Payroll Association, the curriculum in the PayTrain® College & University course is updated each year to include the latest payroll concepts, recent changes, trends, and best practices. Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion.

By completing Payroll Level 1 and Level 2, you will gain:

  • A foundation of knowledge for starting or advancing your payroll career
  • Improved job performance by increasing accuracy and compliance
  • Access to a network of peers to learn about payroll practices in other organizations
  • Preparation for the FPC and CPP exams
  • Recertification Credit Hours (RCH) or Continuing Education Units (CEU) to help maintain your FPC or CPP credential

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Prince George's Community College's Program offers you a preparation course to help meet your needs and increase your success on the FPC and CCP exams.


Our course is designed primarily for individuals seeking FPC or CPP certification, but is also ideal for those looking for payroll professional development training.

  • FPC and CPP exam candidates
  • Experienced and entry-level payroll professionals
  • Managers and supervisors providing strategic payroll management
  • Sales professionals and consultants serving the payroll industry
  • Systems analysts and engineers writing payroll programs
  • Payroll service bureau client representatives


There are no payroll experience requirements to take the FPC exam. To be eligible to sit for the CPP exam, APA requires that candidates meet specific payroll experience or educational criteria.

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In cooperation with the American Payroll Association, Prince George's Community College presents the PayTrain College & University® Certificate Program for payroll professionals. Comprised of two professional development courses, PayTrain Level 1 and PayTrain Level 2, this program is designed for all levels of payroll administration. Whether you are interested in preparing for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exams, or are new to the industry and need to learn the basics of payroll, the Certificate Program will help you meet your goals.

PayTrain Level 1 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 Level 2 is a continuation of PayTrain Level 1 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.

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.

Students are required to register for the full program which is 60 contact hours and is instructor-facilitated.


 PayTrain Level 1 (spring 2019) 

  Jan 19 - Feb 16, 2019

  • Course Code: MGT 635
  • Course Number: 42457 
  • Day: Saturday 
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Largo Campus
  • Contact Hours: 30  

 PayTrain Level 2 (spring 2019)

  Feb 23 - Apr 06, 2019

  • Course Code: MGT 694
  • Course Number: 42804
  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Largo Campus
  • Contact Hours: 36
 PayTrain Level 1 (summer 2019)  

  DATE : Jun 01 - Jun 29,2019

  • Course Code: MGT 635
  • Course Number: 48315 
  • Day: Saturday 
  • Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM 
  • Location: Largo Campus
  • Contact Hours: 30
 PayTrain Level 2 (summer 2019)  

   DATE : Jul 27 - Aug 24, 2019 

  • Course Code: MGT 694
  • Course Number: 48316 
  • Day: Saturday 
  • Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM 
  • Location: Largo Campus
  • Contact Hours: 36   

PAYTRAIN LEVEL 1 TUITION:  $845 (includes a $375 lab fee to cover your training materials) 

PAYTRAIN LEVEL 2 TUITION:  $910 (includes a $375 lab fee to cover your training materials) 

Classroom Sessions Include:

  • A high-level review of course material
  • Interactive discussions and learning activities 
  • Sample assessment questions
  • Study and test taking tips

Interested in training your team?

Ask about volume discounts or offering a program at your location. Contact Ms. Gnansi Konan at 301-546-0032 or


 Course Outline for PayTrain Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Program

(Similar topics are covered in both courses; however PayTrain Level 1 is an introduction to these topics and PayTrain Level 2 examines each topic in more depth.)

  •   Module 1:   Payroll Concepts 
  •  Module 2:   Calculations of Pay 
  •  Module 3:   Calculations of Deductions and Net Pay 
  •  Module 4:   Fringe Benefits and Other Payments 
  •  Module 5:   Retirement Plans 
  •  Module 6:   Cafeteria Plans 
  •  Module 7:   Payroll Reporting and Employment Taxes 
  •  Module 8:   Record Keeping and Payroll Practices 
  •  Module 9:   Payroll Accounting and Audits 
  •  Module 10: Payroll Administration (LEVEL 1) and Management (LEVEL 2) 
  •  Module 11: Health Benefits (LEVEL 2 ONLY) 
  •  Module 12: International Payments (LEVEL 2 ONLY) 


As an official APA PayTrain® College & University partner, we are able to offer you the most comprehensive, effective, and up-to-date exam preparation tools available. The PayTrain programs are designed to help you:

ASSESS your current knowledge

  • Online assessment determines current knowledge and identify topics for improvement.

STUDY your way to success

  • Read learning modules that cover payroll concepts, recent changes, trends, and best practices.
  • Quizzes, calculations, exercises, and flashcards reinforce learning.
  • Course games review content and make learning fun.

ACHIEVE success as a payroll professional

  • Post-test mimics the FPC and CPP exam formats and weighting to build exam-day confidence.
  • Score 80% or higher on the post-test to qualify for a certificate of achievement and earn Recertification Credit Hours (RCH).


The following features are included with our PayTrain courses:


  • Online assessment helps determine your current knowledge and identify areas for improvement.


  • Complete calculations for each topic based on scenarios provided.
  • Hints and feedback guide you in developing the calculation and payroll skills.

Module Quizzes

  • Check your understanding of the lessons covered in reading modules, calculations, and exercises.
  • Decide whether you need further study or practice on the topic.


  • Interact with flashcards covering all learning modules.
  • Practice learning key terms and concepts reinforcing your knowledge.


  • Look up key terms from anywhere in the system with the glossary.
  • Use the Search box or browse by letter.


  • Engage with the module games for a fun and interactive way of reinforcing material at the end of each module.
  • Review the topics covered by the entire course with the entertaining and challenging course games.

Resource Center

  • Additional resources including tax tables, forms and publications mentioned in the modules.
  • Certification information on the American Payroll Association website.
  • Feedback forum for evaluation and suggestions.
  • Payroll updates with legislative changes and new developments.

Post Tests

  • Tests are weighted and balanced based on the same percentages as the FPC and CPP exams.
  • Includes flag for review, review each item, and time limits, similar to the FPC and CPP exams.


  • Track your progress, compare the results of quizzes and pre-and post-tests.
  • View a breakdown of your test scores by module to determine your learning gain.





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