Foundation 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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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

What you'll gain from the Accounts Payable Specialist program

Certified Accounts Payable Specialist status and CAPS designation
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

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.

Where excellence in accounts payable begins

No matter your experience, this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress your career in Accounts Payable and wider finance functions.

Covering core finance and Accounts Payable subject matter, such as managing stakeholder expectations, invoice processing and handling best practices and technology in finance, this course will help you stand out from the crowd.

Access monthly training and support

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.

Designed for advancing your career in accounts payable

Individuals either currently working within a finance role (Accounts Payable or wider finance operations) or those looking to gain the knowledge and skills to begin a career in finance.

Typically CAPS students job titles include

Accounts Payable Clerk / Analyst / Team Leader / Manager

Finance Assistant / Finance Operations Manager / Financial Controller and many more

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

Accounts Payable Specialist Certification (CAPS)

The Accounts Payable Specialist course comprises of 7 modules and over 30 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.

Course Content

1.1 Welcome To The Programme

1.2 Meet Your Account Manager

1.3 Join Your Support Network

1.4 Getting Started

2.1 The Role of an Accounts Payable Specialist

2.2 Career Options and Path For AP Specialists

3.1 Measuring Customer Success

3.2. The Customer Service Brand and Journey

3.3 Managing Customer Expectations

3.4 Handling Complaints and Moving to Solutions

4.1 Understanding Accounting Terminology

4.2 Procurement and The Procure to Pay Cycle

4.3 Invoice Processing and Handling Best Practices

4.4 Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Orders and Statement Reconciliations

4.5 Paying with Procurement Cards

4.6 Fundamentals of Payment Management

4.7 Effective Cash Management Practices

5.1 Supplier / Vendor Management

5.2 Fraud Prevention: Business Email Compromise

5.3 The Supplier / Vendor Masterfile

5.4 Supplier / Vendor Onboarding Best Practices

5.5 Supplier / Vendor Verification and Maintenance

5.6 Supplier / Vendor Validations

5.7 Supplier / Vendor Relationship Management

5.8 Segregation of Duties

6.1 Common Platforms and Solution Types

6.2 Improving Processes with Technology Solutions

6.3 Digital Mail and Data Capture

6.4 Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

7.1 Policies and Best Practices for Expenses Management

7.2 Travel Management Solutions

8.1 Internal Controls and Processes

8.2 Managing and Reducing Risks

  • Exam Preparation
  • Final Exam – 50 Multi Choice Questions

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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

Certification Enrollment

How to enrol 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.

  • Enrol 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

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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Study Online

The IFOL Virtual Academy

Included when you enrol (CAPS)

  • 3 Monthly Live Masterclasses
  • 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

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

Supplier on-boarding and relationship management

Accounts Payable controls and compliance

Technology solutions for Accounts Payable departments

Best practices and policies for AP

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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