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Canadian Payroll Association

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada.

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Certification

The CPA's PCP certification is the foundation for a career in payroll. Gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your Organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you get certified, you join a growing community of supporting professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

PCP certification requires three core courses, one transfer of credit and one year of weighted, related work experience. Please see the requirements in completion order listed below.

  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL)
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1)
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2)
  4. Introduction to Accounting (transfer of credit; offered at post-secondary institutions)
  5. PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) (a minimum of one year work experience in payroll)

All courses, including Introduction to Accounting, require a passing grade of 65% in order to be accepted toward PCP certification.

Students must first register with the college and pay the college registration fee. They must also register with the Canadian Payroll Association at least 10 days prior to the start date of the course and pay the CPA's applicable fee(s) in order to receive their course materials and get access to the online learning platform.

For more information about visit www.payroll.ca or email the Certification Department at certification@payroll.ca

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Courses
Course # Courses Status
ACCT1030 Introductory Financial Accounting I
Description: This course introduces accounting terminology, the accounting equation, the double-entry system of bookkeeping, the accrual basis of accounting, financial statements, and the ledgers and journals making up a basic accounting system.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CPAY0040 Payroll Compliance Legislation
Description: This course will provide students with the payroll related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay. Topics include CPP, EI, Income Tax, Worker's Compensation, Labour Standards, Quebec Legislation.

There are additional fees payable directly to Canadian Payroll Association for this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CoRequisites:
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CPAY0050 Payroll Fundamentals I
Description: Students who complete this course will be able to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay. This includes all components of individual pay from remuneration through deductions to net pay for both regular and non-regular situations. Students will have the content and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculation process to external and internal stakeholders. In addition, students will be able to accurately complete Records of Employment.

There are additional fees payable directly to Canadian Payroll Association for this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CPAY0040
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CPAY0060 Payroll Fundamentals II
Description: Students who complete this course will be able to calculate and report government and third party remittances, year end requirements and accounting for payroll at the compliance level of the organization. Students will be able to effectively communicate these organizational processes and requirements to internal and external stakeholders.

There are additional fees payable directly to Canadian Payroll Association for this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CPAY0050
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CPAY0070 Introduction to Payroll Management
Description: Students who complete this course should be able to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. These include the project management process, disaster recovery planning and implementation; the CPA way of legistative monitoring, risk analysis, measurement and management; payroll and HRIS systems planning and implementation and expatriate/impatriate payroll implications.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CPAY0060
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HRM1050 Compensation
Description: This course teaches the process involved in a compensation system. Students will learn the theoretical and applied aspects of the compensation function and will understand the linkage between the compensation function and organizational management process. Note: This course is an approved HRPA credit.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
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OLRN1715 Accounting Basics I
Description: Introduces the student to how accounting information is used by, and meets the needs of both internal and external users through effective and efficient communication as well as what accounting information is required by a business concern to reflect clearly the operating results of the enterprise over its operating life. Students will also be introduced to generally accepted accounting principles,the interpretation and preparation of financial statements and how this information is recorded in the various business records.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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