NZPPA’s Certification Framework
Initial NZPPA certification should be sought at the appropriate level according to the Certification Matrix. Progress to a higher level of NZPPA certification can only be awarded if the payroll practitioner can show through the assessment process that they have fully completed the requirements of any previous certification level based on the Certification Matrix.
NZPPA Certification levels:
- Certified Payroll Technician (Entry Level) – CPT
- Certified Payroll Practitioner (Intermediate Level) – CPP
- Certified Payroll Specialist (Advanced Level) – CPS
- Certified Payroll Consultant (Advanced Level) – CPC
- Certified Payroll Leader (Leadership of Payroll) – CPL
Please Note: NZPPA Certification is not based on position title as a title cannot determine payroll skills, knowledge, and experience.
Certification caters to different payroll environments
Certification levels are not based on a payroll position title it is based on payroll skills, knowledge, and experience. Payroll practitioners depending on the type of payroll environment may do some if not all payroll tasks but at different levels of complexity and NZPPA certification takes this into account.
For instance: a sole charge Payroll Officer may manage a complex payroll and cover all the requirements that a Payroll Manager may have responsibility for in a payroll team (minus the leadership of team members).
NZPPA Certification Levels
|NZPPA Certification Levels: Certification Type||Label||Certification Level||Certification description||Qualifying Period|
|Certified Payroll Technician||CPT||Entry||
|Certified Payroll Practitioner||CPP||Intermediate||
|Certified Payroll Specialist||CPS||Advanced||
|Certified Payroll Consultant||CPC||Advanced||
|Certified Payroll Leader||CPL||Leadership||