Business Administration – Payroll Accelerated Program

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Payroll Administrators are 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.

Graduates from this program, after credit transfer, are able to apply for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), pending the following conditions,

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

For further details about certification requirements, please refer to the CPA’s website at

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Business Administration Payroll Accelerated program are able to do the following:

  • Maintain employee records and use the records to calculate pay and benefit entitlements
  • Prepare and check statements of earnings
  • Provide information to employees on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement terms

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
400 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
20 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Benefits Liaison
Pay and Benefits Administrator
Payroll Officer
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an 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 a 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.
* Business Administration – Payroll Accelerated Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Courses List

This 20 week Certificate program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • Theory & practice of double-entry bookkeeping
  • Complete the Accounting Cycle to closing (GL, AP, AR, Payroll, Year End)
  • Prepare Financial and Business Reports

  • Utilize most modules of Sage 50 to record business transactions (order entry, inventory, AP, AR and payroll)
  • Produce reports including financial statements

  • Describe payroll's objectives & stakeholders
  • Understanding of compliance requirements
  • Prerequisite: AC112 - Bookkeeping Fundamentals & Accounting Principles

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

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

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