Certified Payroll Specialist

Become a Certified Payroll Specialist

The Certified Payroll Specialist (CPS) license enables you to place "CPS" behind your name and communicate your payroll knowledge, skill, experience, and ethics to employers or clients. The license distinguishes you from your competition, builds credibility, validates knowledge, demonstrates skill, verifies experience, and confirms professional ethics. The license is included in Payroll Career Program and required for the Payroll Network.


Payroll processors obtain the license by completing the required Certified Payroll Specialist license courses, certifications, and experience, and agreeing to abide by the CPS Professional Code of Conduct.


Each course may be substituted by an approved equivalent accredited course. Upon approval, the course is waived but you must pass the exam.


The Certified Payroll Specialist license is accredited by Accounting Analytics Business School. The school is a registered online Postsecondary Proprietary School providing postsecondary education.

Certified Payroll Specialist Requirements



Application and Annual Renewal Forms

Application and Renewal Fees


The license expires the last day of the year (December 31). If you obtain the license in the fourth quarter (October - December), your expiration date is the last day of the following year.