Achieve the leading professional credential for Accounts Payable professionals

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The Certified Accounts Payable Specialist (CAPS) course is the entry point for the CAPP certification program. 

No matter your experience, the CAPS course will enhance your knowledge and skills, enabling you 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.

Who is this course designed for?

Ambitious individuals either currently working within a finance role or those looking to gain the knowledge and skills to start a career in finance.

Typically our students job titles include:

Accounts Payable Clerk / Analyst / Team Leader / Manager

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

Career prospects

What kind of jobs can you do with this certification

CAPP Certifications are recognized by employers as practical and technical markers that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in Accounts Payable and wider finance roles. 

The CAPP Foundation Certificate (CAPS) can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts payable clerk or similar
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk or manager
  • Finance Assistant or manager
  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant

Develop the practical finance skills and knowledge to boost your career

Accounts Payable is a challenging area of finance which requires a complex skillset to be successful

  • 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

Key Information

  • Duration

    50 learning hours - Learn at your own pace up to 12 months

  • Modules

    7 modules with 30 essential Accounts Payable finance topics covered

  • Assessments

    End of module tests and a final multiple choice exam to earn your certificate

CAPS Course Curriculum

Over 30 hours of interactive lessons and study materials

  • 1

    Welcome to the CAPS certification programme

    • Welcome

    • Join the IFOL Membership Community

    • Let's get started

  • 2

    About You

    • Introduction

    • Let's get to know you

  • 3

    The Accounts Payable Career Path

    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • Accounts Payable Role and Career

    • End of chapter reflection question

  • 4

    Customer Service Excellence and Stakeholder Management

    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • Measuring Customer Success

    • Measuring Success Task

    • Customer Service Brand And Journey

    • Customer Service Brand Actions Questions

    • Managing Customer Expectations

    • Handling Complaints And Moving To Solutions

  • 5

    Accounts Payable Process and Policies

    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • Essential Accounting Terminology

    • Accounting Terminology Quiz

    • Procurement and Procure to Pay

    • Invoice Processing And Handling Best Practices

    • Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Orders and Statement Reconciliations

    • Masterclass: How to Achieve Purchase Order Compliance

    • Paying And Transacting With Suppliers Using Procurement Cards

    • Fundamentals Of Payment Management

    • Masterclass: Avoiding Payments Fraud in Accounts Payable

    • Effective Cash Management Practices

    • Reflection Exercise

  • 6


    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • Supplier Management From An AP Perspective

    • Masterclass: Fraud Prevention, Business Email Compromise

    • Supplier Master Files

    • Supplier Setup, Process and Practices

    • Supplier Portal Benefit Analysis

    • Verification And Maintenance With Checks And Controls

    • Fraud Prevention Vendor Validation Masterclass

    • Building And Maintaining Relationships With Suppliers

    • Self Reflection Exercise

    • Fraud Prevention Segregation of Duties Masterclass

  • 7

    Technology in Finance

    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • AP Related Technology Platforms And Solutions

    • Improving AP Processes Using Technology

    • Digital Mail And Data Capture

    • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

    • Masterclass: RPA and Redeploying the Workforce

    • Technology Solutions Task

  • 8

    Travel and Entertainment Expenses

    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • Policies And Best Practices

    • Travel Management Solutions

  • 9

    Internal Controls, Risk Management and Compliance

    • Module Focus and Objectives

    • Internal And Process Controls

    • Controls Identification Exercise

    • Managing and Reducing Risk

  • 10

    End Of Course Assessment

    • Final Exam - CAPS

Free Course Prospectus

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Get your copy of the CAPP course prospectus here and read more about what you'll learn during your studies.

Payment options

We offer one off and flexible monthly payment options for your studies

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  • What's included within the certification programme?

    The programme includes all learning materials, a resources area, study guide, optional workbook and final multiple choice exam.

  • I'm already certified, do I receive and exemptions on CAPP certification?

    CAPP certification is the highest (AP specific) level available. As such if you have previously completed AP certification with other bodies, you may be eligible for exemptions from some of our course modules. Please email with your certification status and the name of the awarding body and we will let you know if you are eligible for exemptions.

  • How long do I have to take the exam?

    You will receive a full 12 months access to the course materials and you must complete the exam within this time. You are entitled to 3 attempts to complete and pass the exam with an 80%+ pass mark.

The IFOL Academy

The Institute of Financial Operations and Leadership

  • Student Support

    An essential element of the IFOL delivery model to is to ensure you are supported at each stage in your journey. Support is provided through our bi-monthly CAPP discussion forum and private student community groups on Linkedin.

  • 24/7 Access

    The CAPP Foundation course content is available to students online 24/7 within our state of the art virtual learning environment. Access course materials including training videos, audio, presentations, knowledge tasks and the course exam at your convenience.

  • Course Structure

    Modular Learning Format, means you learn and absorb the information you need to before moving on the the next topic. Your knowledge is tested with quizzes and an end of course multiple choice exam.