Technical Level of the CAPP program

Certified Accounts Payable Specialist (CAPS)

The way businesses operate their Accounts Payable is constantly changing. As a Certified Accounts Payable Specialist (CAPS) you’ll demonstrate your understanding of modern Accounts Payable processes and practices along with a renewed awareness of how to reduce fraud risk and improve existing processes.

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Certified Accounts Payable Practitioner (500 x 400 px)

What is the CAPS Certification?

The Accounts Payable Specialist Certification (CAPS), is the first of two levels within the full CAPP programme. To earn the CAPS credential, you must complete the Accounts Payable Specialist online study programme and pass the final exam which includes 50 multiple choice questions.

A Certified Accounts Payable Specialist is a Subject Matter Expert and competent professional in the field of Accounts Payable with an advanced understanding of the Accounts Payable process and the best practices which reduce risks and enable Accounts Payable functions to operate efficiently.

Whether you are an experienced Accounts Payable or wider Finance professional, the Accounts Payable Specialist course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress your career in financial operations.

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What you'll gain from the Accounts Payable Specialist Course

The CAPP is the true standard for educational excellence in the field of Accounts Payable. The Specialist level (CAPS) is a marker of excellence for non-managerial, subject matter experts in Accounts Payable.

Certified Accounts Payable Specialist status and CAPS designation
Expert understanding of the Accounts Payable Process
Advanced awareness of Risks to Accounts Payable including internal and external frauds
Ability to analyse and improve processes
Knowledge of Accounts Payable technology solutions and their capabilities
Understanding of the need for internal controls

Employment Benefits of Becoming a CAPS

As the field’s leading designation, the CAPP is the key indication of candidates with proven ability and experience. To earn it, you must not only complete the online study programme but also pass two challenging and rigorous exams. Employers globally recognise this and in many cases require their Accounts Payable team members to hold either CAPS, CAPM or CAPP certifications.

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Accounts Payable Specialist

Programme Overview



Online Learning and Exam

Learn at Your Own Pace

With videos, exercises and quizzes

12 Months Access

To the CAPS course library


Hours of On-demand Video Classes


Hours of Learning Materials and Exam Prep

3 Months

Average Completion Time


Recognition and Respect


To Verify Your Skills and Knowledge


Over 100,000 Professionals

How to Get Certified

1. Online Course

Complete the Accounts Payable Specialist online and on-demand course. Download the course guide here to discover the Accounts Payable Specialist course curriculum.

2. Exam Prep

Use the study material, practice questions, live and recorded classes to prepare for the final exam.

3. Exam

When you’ve completed the course you can take the relevant exam at your convenience, online within the IFOL Academy.

Programme Overview

An online program for driven Finance professionals who want to stand out from the crowd

The Certified Accounts Payable Specialist programme equips learners with specialist knowledge and skills which are required for a successful career in AP.

Learn crucial, proven best practices, whilst understanding how to improve processes, reduce fraud risk and bring significant value to your business.

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Instant access to course materials and masterclasses
12 months course access
Exam preparation and two attempts at the exam
Official digital and paper certificate
The most respected Accounts Payable Certification globally

Study Online

The IFOL Virtual Academy

Included when you enroll (CAPS)

  • 2 Monthly Live Masterclasses (Optional to attend)
  • E-learning slides and reading material
  • Review questions and exercises
  • Quizzes and practice questions
  • Library of pre-recorded classes
  • Study guide and dedicated Account Manager
  • Online examination with two attempts
  • E-certificate and official paper certificate

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Course Overview (CAPS)

Accounts Payable Specialist Certification (CAPS)

The Accounts Payable Specialist course comprises of 12 core modules and over 70 study units all designed to enhance your knowledge of accounts payable and prepare you for taking the CAPS exam.

All study is self paced and on-demand and includes variety of e-learning, video lessons, exam prep quizzes, short assignments and scenario based questions to answer.

Support is offered for all participants via the dedicated IFOL Education Team who each have in excess of 20 years experience of working and educating in Financial Operations.

CAPS Exam At a Glance
  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Pass Mark of 80%
  • 60 Minutes to Complete All Questions
  • Online Within The IFOL Academy
  • Start Anytime After Completing The Study Modules

Core Course Modules

  • Accounting Terminology and References
  • Accounts Payable Process and Procedures
  • Controls and Risk Awareness
  • Reporting and Tax
  • Working with Audit
  • Vendor Onboarding and Maintenance
  • Process Analysis
  • Accounts Payable Accounting
  • Fraud Prevention

Download the course guide below for full details of the programme and course curriculum.

Certification Enrollment

How to enroll in CAPS

It's quick and simple

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.

  • Enroll anytime online or book an enrolment appointment here
  • Pay course fees in one payment or on a monthly payment plan
  • Instant access to the e-learning platform and online course materials
  • Learn at your own pace with 12 months to complete the course and exam
  • Exam and 2 retakes included to take when you’re ready

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Payment Options

Enrolment fees can be paid via credit/debit card or if your employer is funding your studies you may request an invoice during the enrolment process.

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Monthly Payment Plan
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Following payment, the course will become immediately available to you within your student dashboard.

Your CAPS certification makes you an expert in these in-demand areas

Supplier on-boarding and relationship management

Accounts Payable controls and compliance

Invoice Processing and Payments

Fraud Risk Reduction in AP

Technology solutions for Accounts Payable departments

Best practices and policies for AP

Financial Ledgers and AP Accounting

Customer Service, Negotiation and Complaints Handling

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What CAPP Students Say…

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 AP & AR Manager, Canada

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.

Louise Varley Purchase Ledger Manager, UK

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