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Payroll Certification


What does the Payroll Certification involve?

For Payroll professionals you will need to outline your experience in the following areas:


You must also have:


There are two pathways to becoming an Certified Member of APPNZ.


Experience Assessment: This is where you can demonstrate that you have significant experience in each area of payroll listed above. This will usually be 5+ years. Your experience is assessed by a member of our Advisory Panels or Leadership team.


Online Examination and Assessments: The Certification process involves passing an online examination testing your skills and knowledge in your profession. You must get 80% or more in the assessments.  For Payroll Professionals the online examination tests your knowledge of tests your knowledge of employment and payroll related legislation. You must then complete a practical exercises testing your ability to calculate a final pay.


Membership Benefits

As a Certified Member of APPNZ, you will gain access to practical and real life tools for your profession, be able to learn from more experienced people professionals, keep up-to-date on the latest thinking and get support for your career.

Join today to receive:


Membership Fees

Applying for Certified Membership costs the following:


If you are already a Student or Affiliated Member, then yearly membership fees already paid will be deducted from your annual membership.  Your fees can be paid by credit card, or online banking. You membership will commence once your fees have been paid. Each year you will receive a fees renewal invoice. Once Certified, from your second year of membership you will need to complete 20 hours of CPD per annum to retain your Certification. You can also upgrade your membership to Chartered Member during your Certified Membership and pay the pro-rata extra fee amount for the remainder of your membership year.


How long does applying take?  Your initial experience application should take 10 - 20 minutes. The online exam takes 20 - 40 minutes. The practical assessments can take up to 2 - 4 hours.


I have 10+ years experience. Why do I have to complete this? Can’t you just make me Certified?

We are working through having our Certification and Chartering processes ISO accredited so they are internationally recognised. The ISO standard requires we test your skills and knowledge, not just rely on you having experience.

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