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What is the CAPP Certification?

A Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner is a Finance Professional with extensive knowledge of Accounts Payable processes, best practices and understands how to manage the Accounts Payable function and or team, who are responsible for onboarding and paying vendors who provide goods and services to their business. The CAPP designation demonstrates a high level of competency and knowledge in process improvement, overcoming common AP challenges and effective management of an Accounts Payable function.

Whether you are an experienced Accounts Payable or wider Finance professional, the Accounts Payable Practitioner course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress your career in finance as a subject matter expert of business leader.

The CAPP Certification gives you:

  • Deep understanding of Accounts Payable processes and best practices
  • Ability to analyse and improve current processes
  • Advanced awareness of Fraud threats and risk to AP
  • Skills for onboarding and managing Suppliers / Vendors
  • An in-depth knowledge of Leadership and Management for Accounts Payable teams
  • The skills and knowledge to improve processes and create efficiencies
  • An understanding of how to use Key Performance Indicators in AP
  • Ability to create a high performance, motivated and engaged team
  • Knowledge of AP dashboards and reports

Why should you consider CAPP?

The CAPP certification and designation is widely respected in USA, Canada, Europe and UK and is the first choice for finance professionals who want to stand out at Accounts Payable subject matter experts or leaders of Accounts Payable functions and teams.

Through the thirteen-chapter CAPP® program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the practical, management and leadership aspects of Accounts Payable functions and learn how to embed the best solutions to a modern businesses facing a range of risks, performance, and compliance challenges.

The CAPP® designation will not only expand the quality and breadth of your accounts payable skills, management and leadership abilities but will elevate your professional credentials as a Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner and help advance your career.

70 hours of learning material
Access live and on-demand Masterclasses
18 months course access
Exam preparation and 2 attempts to pass the exam
Official IFOL certificate and Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner designation
The most respected Accounts Payable Certification globally
What will you gain from CAPP certification?
Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner status and CAPP designation - the highest level available.
Enhanced Leadership and Management skills
Understanding the principles of motivation to develop high performance teams
How to effectively conduct staff appraisals
An understanding of KPI's for Accounts Payable teams
Understand finance and accounting terminology
Successfully manage customers and stakeholders expectations
Understand invoice processing and handling best practices
Embrace the uses and benefits of todays technology in finance
Understand internal controls, risk management and compliance
The CAPP Course Curriculum

The Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner study materials are divided over 13 chapters, each consisting of 3-5 specific modules and knowledge assessments.

Study Time

Each chapter requires an average of 5.5 hours of study time to complete which includes the end of module assessment which you must pass in order to move on to the next chapter. After completing all 6 chapters, you will be prompted to prepare for the final exam revisiting notes and course sections.

The Exam

When you feel ready, you can enter the exam, which is open-book and allows you to refer back to your notes and course content. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam and incase you don’t reach the 80% pass grade, you will receive a 2nd attempt at no addition cost.

  • Welcome To The Programme
  • Meet Your Account Manager
  • Join Your Support Network
  • Getting Started
  • The Role of an Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Career Options and Path For AP Specialists
  • Measuring Customer Success
  • The Customer Service Brand and Journey
  • Managing Customer Expectations
  • Handling Complaints and Moving to Solutions
  • Understanding Accounting Terminology
  • Procurement and The Procure to Pay Cycle
  • Invoice Processing and Handling Best Practices
  • Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Orders and Statement Reconciliations
  • Paying with Procurement Cards
  • Fundamentals of Payment Management
  • Effective Cash Management Practices
  • Supplier / Vendor Management
  • Fraud Prevention: Business Email Compromise
  • The Supplier / Vendor Masterfile
  • Supplier / Vendor Onboarding Best Practices
  • Supplier / Vendor Verification and Maintenance
  • Supplier / Vendor Validations
  • Supplier / Vendor Relationship Management
  • Segregation of Duties
  • Common Platforms and Solution Types
  • Improving Processes with Technology Solutions
  • Digital Mail and Data Capture
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Policies and Best Practices for Expenses Management
  • Travel Management Solutions
  • Internal Controls and Processes
  • Managing and Reducing Risks
  • Leadership Purpose, Styles and Skills
  • Motivation and Motivators for People
  • Change Management and Change Process
  • Coaching as a Leader
  • End of Module Assessment
  • Management and Delegation of Tasks
  • The SMART Management Theory & Practices
  • Challenging Actions
  • Managing for High Performance
  • End of Module Assessment
  • Developing Your Staff
  • Coaching and Leading
  • Using Staff Appraisals
  • The Team Development Mindset
  • End of Module Assessment
  • An Introduction To Presentations
  • Preparing Your Presentation
  • Delivery of Your Presenation
  • The Power of Your Voice
  • End of Module Assessment
  • An Overview of KPI’s
  • KPI’s For Accounts Payable Performance Measurement
  • Using KPI’s To Motivate
  • The Power of Your Voice
  • End of Module Assessment
  • The Complaints Handling Process
  • Complaints Guide
  • Understanding and Resolving Complaints
  • End of Module Assessment
  • Exam Preparation
  • End of Course Assessment (100 Multi Choice Questions)
Learn online within the IFOL Virtual Academy

Every course from Institute of Financial Operations and Leadership (IFOL) is designed to be studied online within the IFOL Virtual Academy, an online learning platform where all course materials, study guides, assignments, videos and exams are available. Study support from IFOL accredited tutors is also provided through the Virtual Academy.

From your enrolment date you will have access to the online courses and final exams for 18 months, in which time you must complete the course.

Attend Regular Live Classes

As an active student on either CAPS, CAPM or CAPP programmes, you will also gain exclusive access to monthly live Masterclasses which are delivered our panel of Accounts Payable and Leadership expert coaches. Read more about Masterclasses here.

Study support from IFOL accredited tutors is also provided through the Virtual Academy.

From your enrolment date you will have access to the online course and final exams for 12 months, in which time you must complete the course.

Every CAPP course is designed to be studied online within the IFOL Virtual Academy, an online learning platform where all course materials, study guides, assignments, videos and exams are available. Study support from IFOL accredited tutors is also provided through the Virtual Academy.

From your enrolment date you will have access to the online course and final exams for 12 months, in which time you must complete the course.

Who should take CAPP?

Typically CAPP students job titles include

Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk / Team Leader or Manager

Finance Operations Manager / Director

P2P Manager / Specialist / Consultant

Head of Shared Services

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and is a sample

Enrol online in just a few minutes

When to enrol is entirely your choice, there are no set intake dates as our Virtual Academy allows you the flexibility to start and stop study whenever is convenient for you.

Enrolment is simple – you can enrol online below where you will be required to select your international location (course materials contain regional variances) and then proceeding to create your student profile and pay the course fees.
Following payment, the course will become immediately available to you within your student dashboard.

Frequently asked questions

What's included in the certification programme?

The programme includes all course materials, additional learning resources (webinars, reports etc) study guide, final exam and certificate.

How long to I have to complete the course and take the exam?

You have up to 18 months to complete the course and final exam. Most students aim to complete the course within 9 months.

Is CAPP Certification internationally recognised?

IFOL is the leading provider of Accounts Payable & P2P courses, qualifications, conferences and research. As such the CAPP Certification Programme from IFOL is highly respected and widely recognised with Practitioners and Employers in Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.

CAPP course fees

The CAPP course is offered combines engaging live and self-study learning options for one flat rate. Whether you prefer self-paced or structured, your tuition is the same.

The CAPP course traditional self-study model is all-inclusive, covering all required study materials, access to online learning tools, your examination, and support groups. Live monthly classes and pre-recorded classes are included for the duration of your studies at no additional charge.

CAPP Course Fees

Enrolling in USA and Canada

Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner (CAPP) Payment Options

One Time Payment

$1495.00 USD

One time payment

Monthly Payment Plan

x 10 monthly payments

$149.95 USD

Enrolling in the United Kingdom and Europe

Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner (CAPP) Payment Options

One Time Payment

£1199.00 GBP

No additional fees

Monthly Payment Plan

£119.99 GBP

x 10 Monthly payments

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How the certification program works

100% Online Study at Your Own Pace

The CAPP certification program is offered 100% online, allowing you the freedom and flexibility to study whenever suits you, whilst working at your own pace.

Quick and easy registration

Getting started is as simple as,
1. Choose the program you would like to enrol in
2. Select a payment option (monthly or full payment)
3. Create your user account and start learning

Test your knowledge

As you progress through the program, you will need to complete various assignments and module exams to confirm your knowledge and understanding. Don't worry, if you need support our tutors are ready to help.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the CAPS credential, students must:
Complete all course modules within 12 months and achieve a minimum passing grade of 80% on the final exam.

Here's what our students and certified members say...

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The CAPP programme gives me localised training in AP and further enhances my understanding as an AP Manager. I can also learn skills to better my team such as ensuring that internal controls are correctly in place.

Stacy Adelubi, Accounts Payable and Receivable Manager
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It’s always good to go back to basics sometimes, hence why I was keen to start on the Foundation course (CAPS) and work my way up to the Practitioner course (CAPP). Having a new team to manage can be difficult but with the knowledge that I am gaining, I will be the best manager for my team. I will also share this knowledge with my team so that we can grow together. The SWOT analysis is also very interesting – it is a good way of celebrating strengths and highlighting weakness to motivate a strive for success!

Louise Varley, Purchase Ledger Manager
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Thank you IFOL for this amazing journey. The course is well-designed for a Global Standard for AP management. I am sure I have benefit a lot through this journey. Now, I am very proud to be recognized globally as CAPM. Thank you Institute of Financial Operations & Leadership (IFOL) for this great support.

Kuo-Jui Lee, Accounts Payable Officer

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