Study Guide

The Practical CPP Study Guide
Certified Payroll Professional Exam

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When I decided to recertify by taking the Certified Payroll Professional exam in 2007 I was disappointed by the lack of study aids available to me. Rather than shell out a fortune for one or more monster books I decided to review the same material that I’d studied when I took the exam the first time in 1992. After easily passing the test again, I wanted to give prospective CPP’s an affordable comprehensive study guide. My approach is to give you the information necessary to successfully pass the exam without overloading you with unnecessary details. I’ve done all the heavy lifting for you, weeded through the myriad of IRS publications and other source materials to bring you the information you need to know in plain English.

It’s an eBook.

This is an electronic book, not a physical book. It comes in pdf format.

After your purchase is complete you will be directed to a link to download your copy of my ebook.

Put a copy on your mobile device so you can study when you’re away from your computer. No heavy books to carry.

Comprehensive, yet affordable.

Covers all areas of the CPP exam: core payroll concepts, compliance, paycheck calculations, payroll process and systems, payroll accounting, management and administration.

Complicated concepts made easier to understand.

Step-by-step examples of calculations.

50 practice questions.

Over 350 pages of content.

You don’t need to spend $390 for APA’s study guide (hundreds more for non-APA members) in order to study for the CPP exam. My ebook costs almost 80% less. Go to my Shop page for pricing.

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I’m so confident you’ll benefit from my book that I’m offering a 14-day 100% money back guarantee. If within the first 14 days after your purchase you don’t agree that my product(s) will help you pass the exam, just let me know and I’ll issue you a full refund. See the Refund Policy page for more information.

Why buy this book.

Because you are qualified to take the CPP exam, are familiar with basic and advanced payroll concepts and want to know what topics you should focus on in order to pass the CPP exam.

To benefit from the guidance of someone who has already passed the exam not just once, but twice. Passing on my first attempt each year I took it.

So you won’t worry that you’ll get to the exam and be blindsided by questions on topics you didn’t study or waste time studying the wrong things.

You’ve been searching for study materials for your upcoming CPP exam and are shocked by the high prices and limited choices available in CPP study guides.

You’d like to improve your chances of passing the exam on your first try.

Study your way.

Study at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Don’t be tied down by a class schedule or a class syllabus. Spend as much time as you need on topics unfamiliar to you and don’t waste your valuable time on subject matter you already know well.


Looking for an FPC study guide? The Practical CPP Study Guide can prepare you for the FPC exam as well. Simply read through the book and skip the topics that won’t be on the FPC exam. The American Payroll Association website contains a list of the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) you must demonstrate to successfully pass the FPC exam.

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