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Online Accounts Payable Manager Training Course

This course will prepare you for the Institute of Finance & Management’s (IOFM) Accounts Payable Manager (APM) certification, the gold standard within the financial operations industry. You will gain key AP skills, including leadership, internal controls and oversight, and process improvement.

With the world of financial operations evolving at the speed of technology, certified APMs are in demand. In fact, more than 25,000 of your peers have advanced their careers with IOFM certification. Whether you’re new to AP or have been in AP for years, this Accounts Payable Manager course is designed for you.

Course Objectives

What you will learn

  • To make your department cost-efficient, from calculating actual costs to using technology and choosing automation tools.
  • To raise the profile of the AP department within your organization by aligning with other stakeholders, including procurement, accounting, tax, treasury, and technology.
  • To lead process improvement and organizational change in the AP function.

How you will benefit

  • Higher earning power – certified AP professionals earn more than their non-certified peers.
  • Sharper skills – certification builds skills – from fundamentals to advanced AP practices.
  • More respect – certification places you in an exclusive group of AP professionals whose skills are proven to meet a global standard of excellence.
  • A stronger resume -certification demonstrates that you’ve gone above and beyond to develop your skills and that you meet a rigorous training standard.

Registration and Enrollment

This course can be completed 100% online. Open enrollment means that you can start anytime.


While there are no prerequisites to take this course, IOFM recommends that you meet one of the following for APM certification:

  • No degree = 5 yrs. related work experience
  • 2-year degree = 4 yrs. related work experience
  • 4-year degree = 2 yrs. related work experience
  • Advanced degree = 1 yr. related work experience


  • Introduction: Accounts Payable Overview
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Internal Control Framework
  • Overseeing The Accounts Payable Process
  • Tax and Regulatory
  • Vendor Management
  • Travel and Entertainment
  • Process Improvement
  • Technology


Pam Miller

Pam Miller, Senior Trainer, IOFM, was the first candidate to earn AP certification as an Accredited Payables Manager (APM) with distinction. Her professional background includes 15 years as Director of AP at BMC Select. She is recognized in the accounts payable industry as an innovator and an early adopter of AP related technologies. Before working in AP, she spent six years in the IT industry, implementing point of sale software.

Judy Bicking

Judy Bicking, APM, is a Senior Trainer for IOFM and a 27-year veteran of Johnson & Johnson. She is a recognized pioneer and leader in Procure-to-Pay and Credit Management. After a career in AR and AP management, Judy leads the development and implementation of J&J’s two Shared Service Centers, located in the U.S and Europe. These shared services handle over 2.5 million invoices across 200 decentralized companies.

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