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Business Administration - Payroll Accelerated Program

This Program is for students who have business foundation skills.

Employment in this occupational group is projected to increase in the next few years. This is a great time to enter this field because many jobs will become available due to a high level of retiring workers now through 2015.

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, grads can complete and submit the Application for Certification to receive the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

To receive CPA certification, you must be a graduate of the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) program and must fulfill the following Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) requirements:

• Effective January 1, 2015, graduates must have at least one year of weighted payroll experience obtained five years before or after the start of the first CPA core course
• Complete the CPA's Application for Certification
• Maintain a membership with the CPA
• Adhere to the CPA's Code of Conduct and Continuing Professional Education requirements

To learn more about certification requirements, please refer to the CPA's website at www.payroll.ca

Total Program Hours: 360 Hours
Full-time Program Length: 18 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)



Financial Options May Be Available

Non-refundable registration fee of $250 for Domestic Students and $350 for International Students.

(Does not include books, supplies and other applicable costs.)

Career Opportunities

Benefits Liaison, Pay and Benefits Administrator, Pay Administrator, Payroll Officer

Online Learning Components

One or more courses in this program have Instructor-led G2 Online Learning components. The inclusion of online learning tools varies by campus and instructor. *These courses are not online-only.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12 / GED or mature student status. Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessment.
Note: English level assessment will be required for International students.


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.

Certificate Requirements

60% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete.
Qualifies for second diploma when done as an add-on to another program.
AC112 must be passed with a minimum grade of 65% in order to be accepted for credit in the CPA program.
Program may not be available at all campuses. Program content is subject to change.
Bookkeeping Fundamentals & Accounting Principles
  • Theory & practice of double-entry bookkeeping
  • Complete the Accounting Cycle to closing (GL, AP, AR, Payroll, Year End)
  • Prepare Financial and Business Reports

Human Resources Management
  • Analysis of job descriptions
  • Recruitment, orientation, training
  • Regulation and legislation

Payroll Compliance Legislation
  • Describe payroll's objectives & stakeholders
  • Understanding of compliance requirements
  • Prerequisite: AC112 - Bookkeeping Fundamentals & 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