The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada: the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM). These programs prepare payroll practitioners to manage the compliance requirements of an organization’s annual payroll cycle, deliver clear and reliable payroll information and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. The Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification is the foundation of your career in payroll. It provides you with the compliance knowledge required to process an organization’s annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll. The Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification builds on the PCP compliance knowledge by preparing seasoned professionals to manage a payroll department. It provides you with the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. Prior to enrolling in the CPM program, you must have achieved the PCP certification and must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (details below) and receive approval from the CPA. These prerequisites ensure you have the knowledge and practical payroll experience required to be successful in a payroll management program. If you wish to enroll in the CPM program, you must meet a payroll experience prerequisite to register. To satisfy this prerequisite, you must have at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization’s payroll function (which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees’ pay and all government statutory remittances) or equivalent experience obtained in the past five years. The Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application is found on the CPA’s website (payroll.ca) under Certification. You must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and receive approval from the CPA prior to enrolling in Introduction to Payroll Management. To learn more about PCP or CPM registration or the CPA’s certification programs, contact the CPA at 416-487-3380 or 1-800-387-4693 (toll-free) or visit their website.
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|Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)
||Payroll Compliance Legislation (FIN 9015)1
|Payroll Fundamentals I (FIN 9016)1
|Introduction to Accounting (ACCT 1032 or ACCT 9028 or ACCT 1033)
|Payroll Fundamentals II (FIN 9017)1
||Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Accounting2|
|Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)
||Introduction to Payroll Management (FIN 9018)1
||Prerequisite(s): PCP and approved Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application2|
|Organizational Behaviour (PSY 1149)
|Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2003 and ACCT 2006 or ACCT 9029)
|Compensation and Benefits Management (HRM 2024)
|Applied Payroll Management (FIN 9019)1
|1You must register in and pay for this course at George Brown and register with and pay a separate fee to the CPA. The CPA fee is $300 (plus tax) for CPA members and $465 (plus tax) for non-members. You must present proof of your CPA registration at the first class.|
2Prerequisites must be completed before required courses.