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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 or email the Certification Department at

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

Course # Courses Status
OLRN1715 Accounting Basics I Details
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