Posted: 10/11/12

TAMIU Employee Earns
Certified Payroll Professional Status

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A Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) employee, Christy L. Martínez, payroll specialist, has earned designation as a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) after successfully passing a rigorous exam.

Martínez joins an elite group of more than 10,000 CPP professionals who bring a high level of experience and knowledge to strategic payroll management to better facilitate overall goals.

During the spring, a visit from Texas A&M University’s Danny Grimes, associate director of payroll services, provided the catalyst that would encourage Martínez' path to the CPP. During a discussion about the toughest issues of TAMIU’s Office of Budget, Payroll, and Fiscal Analysis, Grimes recommended that an employee take charge and acquire a CPP certification.

Martínez took up the challenge, studying “The Payroll Source” for 4 months and taking a one-week long course recommended by the American Payroll Association (APA). A four-hour exam followed online.

The day of the exam, Martínez recalled her stress and a knot in her stomach.

“Before I knew it, I had 20 seconds left to finish my 4-hour exam and I had to hit submit. Not even knowing the result would appear on my screen upon submission, I suddenly read ‘Result: Pass,’ " she recalled.

Now that she's joined the CPP ranks, Martínez is considering her next career goal.

"This event presented itself in an opportune time and I have been happy to help develop the efficiency of my Office as well as increase the knowledge to remain within tax compliance," she noted.

For more information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services, call 956.326.2180 or email prmis@tamiu.edu

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