Accreditation Options with NZPPA

Being an accredited member of NZPPA means that the payroll practitioner has shown over a defined period of time that they have worked towards building payroll as a profession in New Zealand.

This is about giving something back to payroll in helping to gain recognition for the important work that payroll professionals do every day and for every pay to ensure employees are paid correctly and on time.

There are two accreditation levels being:

  • Associate NZPPA (ANZPPA)

  • Fellow NZPPA (FNZPPA)

*To gain the accreditation level of FNZPPA the applicant must have held the accreditation level of ANZPPA for at least 1 year.

Associate NZPPA accredited member (ANZPPA)

NZPPA members that are currently certified (at any level) and can demonstrate that they have given ongoing professional service to their organisation in the payroll work they undertake and have aided in the development of the payroll profession or have raised awareness of payroll as a profession through their own efforts or in being part of a larger project or undertaking.

Examples: Assisting in running a payroll networking event, making regular posts or articles to a payroll forum.

The applicant must provide evidence of how they have aided in the development of payroll as a profession and must provide the names of at least three referees who can validate the application form and can be contacted directly to confirm the activities and evidence that has been submitted.

Once the applicant has been accepted they are able to use ANZPPA.

Fellow NZPPA accredited member (FNZPPA)

NZPPA members that are currently certified (at any level), have already gain the accreditation level of ANZPPA and can demonstrate that they have given outstanding professional service to their organisation in the payroll work they undertake and the Payroll profession or have brought distinction to it through their own efforts or in being part of a larger project or undertaking.

Examples: Organising and managing a payroll event, writing regular articles to a payroll or mainstream publication promoting payroll as a profession.

The applicant must provide evidence of how they have aided in the development of payroll as a profession and must provide the names of at least three referees who can validate the application form and can be contacted directly to confirm the activities and evidence that has been submitted.

Once the applicant has been accepted they are able to then use FNZPPA.

Cost for accreditation

There is “NO” cost to accreditation as you are helping build payroll as a profession.

How do you apply for accreditation?

To apply for accreditation the following must be met by the applicant:

  • Be a current NZPPA member (under any membership type)

  • Have current certification (at any certification level)

  • Complete the accreditation application and submit to NZPPA

  • Provide evidence and at least 3 referees as part of your application.

What NZPPA will do?

  • Help with any initial questions or enquires on the NZPPA accreditation process.

  • Receive and assess the completed application (including evidence and referees), do an initial assessment, come back to the applicant and any additional information required.

  • NZPPA Certification panel (made up of three members) will assess all the above information for accreditation.

  • Conduct interview (one panel member) via phone or in person.

  • Applicant will be informed of application outcome.

To apply contact NZPPA by emailing with “Accreditation Enquiry” in the subject line to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accreditation Application Form

If you are a NZPPA member and wish to apply for one of the two accreditation levels please download the application form here.