Accounts Payable Specialist Certification – Self-Study Online Course


Course Highlights

Course type: Self-Study, Online

Designation Earned: Accredited Payables Specialist (APS)

Registration fee: $895 per learner (Member discounts of 10%-20% apply. You are not required to be a Member to enroll.)

Designed for: The Accounts Payable Specialist (APS) Certification Program is designed for individuals responsible for executing AP processes. This course can serve as a career catalyst for those new to AP, as well as for those who have been in an AP role for years but who are looking to adopt best practices used by other AP departments.


Course Description

The course covers AP fundamentals, best practices and regulatory compliance, all of which are necessary to excel in the accounts payable field. This course is the foundation for IOFM’s three other AP/P2P Certifications.



Course Details

No degree = 3 yrs related work experience; 2-year degree = 2 yrs related work experience; 4-year degree = 1 yr related work experience

Internal Controls, Tax and Regulatory, Vendor Master File, Invoices, Payments, T&E, Technology and Automation. View complete table of contents here

Access to the course lasts for one year after date of purchase. Since it is self-study, learners can move at their own pace, but IOFM recommends a timeline of about 3 months to move through the material. Total learning hours for this course are estimated at 11 to 16.

The self-study program (accessed via the E-Learning Center) comes with access to the e-textbook, on-demand 4-hour training video, practice quizzes and 3 attempts at the final exam  (100 multiple-choice questions, 90 minutes, graded pass/fail). We do not reveal scores/passmark. FMI on our grading policy, visit the Help Center.


IOFM does not offer CEUs for Certification classes. We know that earning your Certification takes a lot of time! However, the nature of continuing education is that it is additional training you do after you are certified in order to keep up with the standards set by the program. Therefore, earning your credentials does not count towards your CEU requirement. If you already hold an IOFM Certification, you may count subsequent live Certification classes for 6 CEUs towards that previously-held Certification. 


Most updated version of Google Chrome, a desktop/laptop computer with a functioning speakers and a strong Internet connection. If accessing from a work computer, some companies' VPN/security settings can impede course performance (visit the Help Center for resolutions).

15 Continuing Education Units per year (approx. 15 hours). Renewal is free as long as CEUs are logged before the Certification expires. Learn more.

Course Instructor

Pam Miller, APM
Senior Trainer, IOFM

Pam Miller was the first candidate to earn AP Certification as an Accredited Payables Manager (APM) with distinction. Pam was the Director of AP at BMC Select for 15 years. The AP Department at BMC is known as a leader in implementing electronic solutions to streamline everyday business processes. Pam and her department have received several awards recognizing their commitment to ECM.

Pam is recognized in the Accounts Payable world as an innovator and an early adopter of AP related technologies. Pam moved to AP after spending six years in Information Technology implementing point of sale software. Pam has the ability to bridge the gap between IT and business software users. Modifications and applications developed on the basis of her analysis of business and user issues with several software packages have subsequently been adopted by the developers of these software packages into their next releases.

Pam has written and presented sessions and workshops on a variety of topics pertinent to Accounts Payable and management issues in general. Pam has extensive real world experience with EDI, imaging and workflow, electronic payments, purchasing cards, audit related issues, and the effects of Chapter 11 on an Accounts Payable department.


Member Pricing: IOFM Member e-learning discounts of 10-20% apply. Make sure that you are logged in before proceeding with your registration in order for the discount to be applied automatically in cart.
Group Enrollments: You can add multiple enrollments to your online cart, and you'll be able to assign the enrollments to yourself or others after purchase through our course set-up wizard. If you'd like to purchase more than 20 enrollments, please contact our Advisory Services Team.  

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