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Payroll professionals will find that certification in the payroll field will build critical skills and advance their careers. New York Institute of Technology has partnered with the American Payroll Association (APA) to offer PayTrain Level 1 and 2 (formerly known as Fundamentals and Mastery courses). These courses provide the knowledge and skills needed for starting or advancing a payroll career and also help individuals prepare for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional Certification (CPP) exams.

Payroll Courses
Payroll professionals can increase their knowledge of payroll compliance from a basic understanding to an advanced level by completing the PayTrain courses, which are offered in partnership with American Payroll Association. As a payroll professional, you know how important it is to maintain your company's compliance by keeping up with changing regulations and procedures. Staying current is important to your company's bottom line and to your career.

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By completing a PayTrain course, 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
  • Solid grounding in compliance issues related to tax and regulatory information
  • Preparation for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional(CPP) exams
  • Recertification credit hours (RCHs) or continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain FPC or CPP* credentials
  • A smart investment - if you do not pass your certification exam, you may attend our class the following semester for only a $225 re-registration fee, provided you still have the necessary materials.

PayTrain Level 1 (formerly known as Paytrain Fundamentals)
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 course will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills required to maintain payroll compliance and prevent costly penalties. These calculations are critical to successfully passing the FPC and CPP exams and are not covered in PayTrain Level 2. This course helps Payroll Professionals prepare for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam.

PayTrain Level 2 (formerly know as Paytrain Mastery)
A continuation of PayTrain Level 1, PayTrain Level 2 is a comprehensive course providing students with a solid understanding of advanced payroll topics necessary for payroll managers and supervisors. This course is ideal for experienced payroll professionals seeking compliance training, professional development, or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification preparation. To qualify for CPP certification, candidates must have earned three years of payroll experience in the five years prior to taking the exam. For success on the CPP exam, this course should be taken after completing PayTrain Level 1. We strongly encourage you to take the PayTrain Level 1 class or the KAC (Knowledge Assessment Calculator) Assessment test before you sign up for the PayTrain Level 2 class. If you successfully complete this course and the Level 1 course you will receive a New York Tech and American Payroll Association certificate of completion.

As a student in the PayTrain Level 1 course, you will receive 30 hours of classroom instruction from a payroll expert, seven printed workbooks, interactive online quizzes, exercises, games, and learning tools. If you attend the PayTrain Level 2 course, you will receive 36 hours of classroom instruction from a payroll expert, seven printed workbooks, interactive online quizzes, exercises, games, and learning tools.

For more information, please e-mail inquiries to paytrain@nyit.edu. To find out about eligibility and registration for the FPC or CPP exam, visit the American Payroll Association.

Additional Benefit
If you are a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) needing recertification credits, you can get RCH credits. Also, if you are a SHRM-CP or SCP, you can get PDC credits. First time users of the Paytrain Level 2 Learning System class can earn 36 RCHs or 3.6 CEUs, and repeat users can earn 18 RCH or 1.8 CEUs when they complete the requirements of the program. First time users of the Paytrain Level 1 Learning System class can earn 32 RCH or 3.2 CEUs, and repeat users can each 16 RCH or 1.6 CEUS when they complete the requirements of the program.

New York Tech is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the new 2015 SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. The Mastery has been pre-approved for 32.75 PDCs.

Certification Information

Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)
The FPC is a certification credential for payroll beginners and service and support professionals. The exam is open to all those who wish to demonstrate a baseline of payroll competency. For more information visit: APA's Fundamental Payroll Certification.

Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)
The CPP is a certification credential for those with some experience in payroll. To qualify for CPP certification, candidates must have earned three years of payroll experience in the five years prior to taking the exam. For more information visit: APA's Certified Payroll Professional.

Schedule of Classes

Convenient classes for busy people!

FALL 2021

Paytrain Level 2

Class Course: XMGT-035-W02
Location: Zoom
Dates: Wednesdays – September 29, October 6, October 20, October 27, November 10, November 27, December 1, December 8, December 15, January 5, January 22
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost of Class: $995 (W02); or $960 (W02s) for APA members and New York Tech alumni

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Instructors

Elizabeth Ostrove, CPP will be teaching in Long Island. She has been a CPP since October 2005 and has a Masters degree in Corporate Finance. She is active in the Long Island Chapter of American Payroll Association and has been teaching Paytrain Fundamentals and Mastery classes since Spring 2008. Students have always said that Liz is a great instructor and mentor.

Sharon Richardson, CPP will be teaching in New York City. She has been a CPP since 1989 and also has a Masters in Human Resource Management. She has taught the Paytrain Learning System since 2003 at various schools and has been with New York Tech since 2010. She is currently the Vice President of the American Payroll Association – Metro Chapter and was President of the Manhattan American Payroll Association in 2006/2007 & 2008/2009. Students have always enjoyed her class and she is a great instructor.

Select the course code XMGT-034 for Paytrain Level 1 or XMGT-035 for Paytrain Level 2 class. The section would be either W01 for Long Island or M01 for New York City. If you are a member of APA or a New York Tech alumni select the M01S or W01S section. For additional information please call 516.686.7722 or email paytrain@nyit.edu.