Earn your certification and become an AP VIP

When you're ready to make a statement about your stature as a skilled and polished accounts payable professional, then it's time to get certified.

The CAPA (Certified Accounts Payable Associate) and CAPP (Certified Accounts Payable Professional) certifications from The Institute of Financial Operations are recognized by department heads and hiring managers as the pre-eminent designations for AP professionals. Those four letters clearly distinguish designees as AP professionals with the knowledge, the skill and the commitment to excel at their jobs, and as leaders in the profession.

Sitting for the exam to qualify as a top professional in accounts payable through The Institute has never been more convenient. Although the CAPP and CAPA exams remain the most stringent in the business, because of the level of knowledge required to pass the them, a new IFO program will allow you to take the exam in the comfort and privacy of your own workspace. The IFO is proud to announce the lauch of OLP, or online proctoring.   Webcam proctoring allows registrants to test at their convenience while ensuring the integrity of the certification programs by using real-time monitoring with remote Kryterion Certified Proctors.

For further information on exam dates and locations, click here.

Which designation is right for you?

The CAPP program is appropriate for AP and related professionals in a supervisory or managerial position.

The CAPA program is ideal for AP or related specialists who perform operational functions without supervisory responsibilities.

Higher standards. The highest respect.

Both the CAPP and CAPA exams were developed using the highest nationally recognized standards for certification assessment and evaluation and are the most reliable and verifiable means to measure the competency skills of AP professionals.

Candidate handbooks provide a comprehensive review of the certification programs. Download a complimentary copy of your CAPP Handbook or CAPA Handbook (found below) and begin your journey toward AP certification.

Employers can be assured that CAPP or CAPA designees have mastered the skills required to be successful in any AP environment.

Hundreds of organizations recognize the value of certification, including Baylor Healthcare Systems, Defense Accounting and Finance Service, Genentech, General Motors, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quest Diagnostics, T-Mobile, Wal-Mart Stores, Yale University, etc. 

REGISTER NOW - It's a simple process.

1. Complete and submit the Qualification Application and Code of Ethics form.

2. Once you have received communication of acceptance, submit payment for your CAPP or CAPA exam either online or by providing payment details on your application.

3. Decide which study option or combination of options work best for you and start preparing for the exam.

4. Think about your options for taking the exam. With the launch of OLP (online proctoring) in Spring 2013, you can opt to sit for your exam in the comfort of your home or office. To find out more about this option, click here. A Kryterion approved compatable webcam for under $20 on Amazon can be found by clicking here. You can also choose to take your exam at one of Kryterion's approved testing sites. You will receive more information about testing options shortly after registration closes for the testing window you've applied for.

The Institute provides many resources to help you earn your certification, including:

For more detailed information on the registration process, click here or contact the Certification department by phone at (407) 351-3322 or by email at