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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

The Canadian Payroll Association

Once education requirements are met, graduates can complete and submit the Application for Certification to receive the Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification from the Canadian Payroll Association.

To receive the Canadian Payroll Association certification, you must be a graduate of the Payroll Compliance Practitioner program and must fulfill the following Canadian Payroll Association 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 core course
  • Complete the Association Application for Certification
  • Maintain a membership with the Association
  • Adhere to the Association’s Code of Conduct and Continuing Professional Education requirements

To learn more about certification requirements, please refer to the Association’s website at

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
Additional Notes On the Canadian Payroll Association:
  • Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) is a requirement for certification
  • The Canadian Payroll Association’s passing mark is 65 percent
  • The Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit is a requirement, not a prerequisite
* 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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