Payroll Administrator

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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

This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform payroll administrative duties in the payroll department and to apply payroll legislation. Students become familiar with basic payroll practices and procedures and are eligible to apply to the National Payroll Institute (formerly The Canadian Payroll Association) for Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification upon successful completion of the program and the acquisition of one year of payroll experience. In addition to accounting and payroll expertise, students gain skills and experience in word processing, spreadsheet applications, telephone communication skills, and performing a job search.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this Payroll administration course are employed by payroll administration companies and by other establishments throughout the private and public sectors. Careers that correspond with the skills learned in this program include:

  • Benefits Officer
  • Pay and Benefits Administrator/Clerk
  • Salary Administration Officer
  • Pay Advisor/Clerk
  • Payroll Officer/Clerk


Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 25 words per minute (WPM).
  • Office Skills
    Office Procedures Level 1, Basic Bookkeeping Level 1, Personal Computer Fundamentals for End Users, and basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook
  • Business Skills
    Customer Service
  • Spreadsheets
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 25 words per minute (WPM)
  • Help Desk & Call Centre Skills
    Telephone Communication Skills
  • Operating Systems
    Basic level of proficiency in a Windows operating system
  • Word Processing
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Accounting
    Payroll Compliance Legislation and Payroll Fundamentals Levels 1 and 2
  • Job Readiness/Employability Skills
    Job Search and Résumé Writing and Thought Patterns for a Successful Career


Students should complete three (3) credits from any of these groups:

  • Office Skills
  • Accounting
  • Business Skills
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  • Anticipated salary:

    C$35,226 – C$59,936 (Information from PayScale Canada)

  • Program Duration:

    25 Weeks

  • Program Notes:

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

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