Payroll Accounting Professional

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Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status. Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instructions. An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program. Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them.

Program Highlights

Anyone planning to enter the payroll field must have good computer skills and be familiar with automated payroll systems. This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to provide supervision in the payroll department. The student will become familiar with basic payroll practices and procedures, as well as the more complex aspects of payroll. This prepares the student to apply to the National Payroll Institute (formerly The Canadian Payroll Association) for both Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification. In addition to accounting and payroll expertise, students gain skills and experience in business correspondence, office procedures, management fundamentals, and performing a job search.

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Career Opportunities

Payroll accountants are employed by banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, and other establishments throughout the private and public sectors. Careers that correspond with the skills learned in this program include:

  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Bookkeeping Supervisor


  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 40 words per minute (WPM).
  • Operating Systems
    Basic level of proficiency in a Windows operating system
  • Word Processing
    Intermediate level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheets
    Intermediate level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Database Management
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Access
  • Help Desk and Call Centre Skills
    Telephone Communication Skills
  • Accounting
    Sage 50 Premium Accounting, QuickBooks Premier, Payroll Compliance Legislation, and Payroll Fundamentals 1 and 2
  • Business Skills
    Business Math, Business Correspondence Levels 1 and 2, Business Supervisory Skills, Grammar Essentials for Business Writing, and Customer Service
  • Office Skills
    Office Procedures Levels 1 and 2, Basic Bookkeeping Levels 1 and 2, Internet Fundamentals, Personal Computers for End Users, and basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook
  • Employability Skills
    Thought Patterns for a Successful Career, Employment Success Strategies and Job Search and Résumé Writing


Thought Patterns for a Successful Career and Job Search & Resume Writing

  • Office Skills
  • Word processing
  • Database Management
  • Spreadsheets
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  • Anticipated salary:

    C$39,675 – C$67,027 (Information from PayScale Canada)

  • Program Duration:

    44 Weeks

  • Program Notes:

    Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

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