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Accounting and Payroll Administrator Accelerated Program

Get a career you can count on!

This abridged program is designed to fast track administrative graduates into the exciting and growing Payroll environment. This provides the depth of payroll knowledge required to be successful within the industry.

The future job prospects for payroll administrators remains at “above average” with projected new jobs and openings due to retirements (between 2010 and 2015) remaining high. Sprott Shaw’s Payroll Administrator program will train you for a rewarding career in HR or Accounting Departments in companies across the country.

Entry-level positions often provide considerable potential for advancement. Industry sources indicate that self-managed individuals with strong initiative who are willing to continuously learn new skills and upgrade old ones are the most likely candidates for promotion.

Payroll Administrators are specifically concerned with employee pay and benefits. They maintain employee records (for example, attendance and overtime) and use the records to calculate pay and benefit entitlements. They also prepare and check statements of earnings and provide information to employees on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement terms.

Once education requirements are met, complete and submit the Application for Certification to receive the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

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Sprott Shaw College is a proud member of the Canadian Payroll Association.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12/GED or mature student status. Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments.


One year of clerical (bookkeeping) experience or graduation from a recognized clerical (bookkeeping) program (letter from employer or certificate / diploma). Good working knowledge of computers and knowledge of computerized accounting would be highly recommended.


Total Program Hours: 400 Hours
Full-time Program Length: 20 Weeks (4.7 Months)

Career Opportunities

Benefits Liaison; Pay and Benefits Administrator; Payroll Officer; Financial Officer; Financial Clerk; Accounting Clerk; Personnel Clerk. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Program may not be available at all campuses. Program content is subject to change.
Last Updated: 11/03/2014
Bookkeeping Fundamentals & Accounting Principles

  • Theory & practice of double-entry bookkeeping
  • Cash flow
  • GL, AP, AR, Year End, Business Reports
  • Income statement/balance sheet analysis

Payroll Compliance Legislation

  • Describe payroll’s objectives & stakeholders
  • Understanding of compliance requirements
  • Prerequisite: AC111-Computerized Accounting Principles

Payroll Fundamentals I

  • Calculate regular, non-regular and termination pay
  • Complete ROE
  • Prerequisite: CPA111-Payroll Compliance Legislation

Payroll Fundamentals II

  • Organizational remittances
  • Complete accounting documentation
  • Year end documentation
  • Prerequisite: CPA121-Payroll Fundamentals I

Operational Human Resources

  • Analysis of job descriptions
  • Recruitment, orientation, training
  • Current HR trends and issues

Employer and Employee Relations

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Labour relations