The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers two payroll certifications: the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM).
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 developing your payroll management skills. It provides you with the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. PCP certification is a prerequisite for this program.
Effective September 1, 2011: Students who wish to enrol in the CPM program must meet a payroll experience prerequisite to register. To satisfy this prerequisite, the student 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 at www.payroll.ca, under Certification. Students must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and receive approval from the CPA prior to enrolling in Introduction to Payroll Management.
|CPA PCP Requirements||UCalgary Course Equivalents|
|Payroll Compliance Legislation||Contact CPA|
|Payroll Fundamentals 1||Contact CPA|
|Introduction to Accounting||BMC 162 Accounting Fundamentals|
|Payroll Fundamentals 2||Contact CPA|
|CPA PCM Requirements||UCalgary Course Equivalents|
|Introduction to Payroll Management||Contact CPA|
|Managerial Accounting||BMC 103 Business Finance|
|Compensation and Benefits Management||BMC 198 Compensation: Design and Practice
BMC 230 Employee Benefits
|Organizational Behaviour Management||BMC 172 Human Behaviour in Organizations|
|Applied Payroll Management||Contact CPA|