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Payroll Administration (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
0964
School:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

Working within the payroll function of an organization requires a diverse set of skills along with specific knowledge and skills of accounting, payroll and legislative applications to ensure all aspects of the payroll cycle and compliance elements are met. This program will provide a solid knowledge of the payroll functions within organizations and the skills to perform the payroll and accounting tasks for manual and computerized systems. The program will also look at industry trends and best practices related to the compensation, benefits and payroll functions within organizations. Topics addressed will include the payroll cycle and related calculations, how to work with agencies to ensure compliance with all legislative and government requirements, and documentation processes.
Graduates will gain a solid foundation of the payroll functions within organizations and will be able to perform payroll functions for various organizations working with specific accounting systems and processes utilized in Canadian businesses. As well, graduates will provide valuable contributions to the interpersonal dynamics of an organization based on their knowledge of organizational planning and operations.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For those working in small, medium and large organizations in either the accounting or human resources departments. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to perform all payroll and accounting documentation in compliance with legislative and government requirements.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title 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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ACCT2460 Applied Managerial Accounting
Description: This is an introductory course in Managerial Accounting for non-accounting students. The course provides the student with an understanding of the types and behaviours of costs used by managers in the planning, decision-making and budgeting processes.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030
CoRequisites:
Closed
BUS1021 Organizational Behaviour
Description: Studying people and organizations, this course examines the behaviour of individuals working alone or in teams. Using actual examples, this course examines how behavioural factors affect organizational effectiveness. Note: This course is an approved
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
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
CoRequisites:
Details
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
CoRequisites:
Closed
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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HRM1110 Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Program
Description: The focus of this course is on designing, administering and funding company benefit plans including life, short term disability, long term disability, major medical, dental and pension plans. Current trends in the insurance industry in the group benefits area will be reviewed. Students will also have an opportunity to explore the linkages which exist between government sponsored plans and company sponsored plans. Current approaches to benefit design will be reviewed and students will explore alternative design types and critique their suitability for differing employee needs. Cost and price issues will also be reviewed along with some of the major pieces of legislation impacting on this area.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HRM1050
CoRequisites:
Details
MGMT1495 Introduction to Management for Payroll Professionals
Description: This course provides an introduction to the management and supervision skills specific to payroll administrators. Topics include payroll best practices, benchmarking working with various government agencies and organizations, complex issues related to payroll administration and payroll planning to support organizational planning.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CPAY0040, CPAY0050, CPAY0060
CoRequisites:
Closed
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
ACCT1030 Introductory Financial Accounting
Online equivalent OLRN1715
X X X
ACCT2460 Applied Managerial Accounting
Pre-requisite ACCT1030
Online equivalent OLRN1193
X X X
BUS1021 Organizational Behaviour
Online equivalent OLRN1470
X X X
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
Online equivalent OLRN1250
X X X
CPAY0040 Payroll Compliance Legislation
Online available through Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
X X X
CPAY0050 Payroll Fundamentals 1
Pre-requisite CPAY0040
Online available through CPA
X X X
CPAY0060 Payroll Fundamentals 2
Pre-requisite CPAY0040 and ACCT1030
Online available through CPA
X X X
HRM1050 Compensation
Online equivalent OLRN1100
X X X
HRM1110 Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Program X X
MGMT1495 Introduction to Management for Payroll Professionals
Pre-requisite CPAY0060
X X

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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Melissa Humphries, mhumphries@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 3764

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