Frequently Asked Questions
The American Payroll Association (APA) is a national organization of payroll professionals dedicated to increasing the professional skills of its members and to the recognition of the payroll profession as the specialized profession it has become. TheAPA offers its members a computer based training program, numerous workshops, seminars, symposiums and conferences in order for payroll professionals to develop and maintain a high degree of skill and knowledge.
Some of the benefits of belonging to this organization are annually receiving a directory of members by name and industry, a “hot line” service that helps you get fast and accurate answers to questions that won’t wait, a bi-monthly publication called PAYTECH, which contains information about the latest developments of interest to payroll professionals and other publications to keep you current on legislative changes.
The APA also sponsors a certification program for payroll professionals. The certification exam is held twice a year and test the skills of payroll professionals in fundamentals and basics of payroll, taxation, systems, accounting, and management. Upon successful completion of this exam, the payroll professional is given the designation of Certified Payroll Professional.
For more information on the APA and their programs, please call (210) 224-6406 and ask for Membership Services or visit their website.
The Northstar Chapter is an organization of over 400 payroll professionals just like yourself. The Northstar Chapter of the American Payroll Association invites you to join our local chapter.
The Northstar Chapter’s Vision is to: “provide an organization for educational, professional support, and development; to prepare and empower members for an ever changing business environment.”
The Northstar Chapter’s Mission is to provide an organization that fosters:
- education of technology and business practices
- professional support
- development and networking
- opportunities for community involvement
- partnership with government and business community
The Northstar Chapter’s Board of Directors recently identified five major goals in the next five years:
- improve communication
- provide education and information on technology
- provide networking opportunities
- research the feasibility of a web site (you are viewing the results of this goal)
- participate in the community
The board is comprised of professionals just like yourself who volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of the organization and its members.
Membership meetings are held each month with the exception of December and January. Annually we host a conference for payroll professionals throughout Minnesota and neighboring states. Our monthly meetings and the state conference earn recertification credit hours that can be applied towards the certified payroll professional recertification.
- Hear professionals speak on timely topics pertinent to payroll professionals
- Network with professionals in your same industry or company size
- Annual state-wide payroll conference for professional and personal growth
- Opportunities for you to share your skills and ideas with the rest of the membership
- Membership directory listing members by name and company
- Periodic newsletters with articles about the chapter, legislative changes and new members
- Our Member section with up to date member listings; on line meeting registrations, links to other payroll related areas; legislative updates, recent news updates from the Board and members, and much more is being added every day.
Some topics covered in the past were:
- IRS Changes
- W-2 Changes
- Minnesota labor law review
- Withholding orders
- Workers compensation
- Direct Deposit