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Payroll Clerk certificate

Our Payroll Clerk certificate program gives students the bookkeeping, software and clerical skills needed to work in the financial sector. Students will be prepared for entry-level employment opportunities that can lead to higher positions with time, motivation and dedication. Our program also offers Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) courses that can be applied towards the CPA’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification. Our curriculum provides skill-building and practical training through relevant core courses, delivered through our innovative Integrated Learning System™ (ILS).

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AOLCC’s Integrated Learning System™

All courses in our programs are delivered through our unique Integrated Learning System™ (ILS). Through ILS, you will develop a true proficiency in each topic, no matter your age or skill level upon enrolment. Our learning coaches are with you every step of the way to provide individualized assistance and encouragement in a supportive and non-competitive learning environment. Here’s how it works:

  • You only advance to the next course when you are confident that you have mastered one topic and are ready to move on to the next
  • You participate in hands-on exercises, tasks and practice exams that test your knowledge and give you confidence
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Program Outcomes

Our program prepares students to:

  • Collect and summarize timekeeping information, obtain overtime approval and calculate commissions
  • Print and issue paychecks and arrange electronic payroll deposits
  • Update payroll records and perform basic bookkeeping duties when needed
  • Provide payroll-related information to employees
Program Duration

Be career-ready in just 24 weeks!

Career Opportunities

Potential positions include payroll clerk, bookkeeper, accounting clerk, data entry clerk, administrative clerk, benefits officer and more.

Economic Outlook

The economic outlook for payroll clerks and other related accounting clerks in B.C. will continue to grow at a steady pace in the next decade. With almost 70% of new jobs created to replace retiring workers, the opportunity to transition into intermediate and supervisory positions is very strong.

Program Outline

Operating Systems
Basic level of proficiency in a Windows operating system
Word Processing
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Office Skills
Basic Bookkeeping Level 1 and a basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook
Sage 50 Premium Accounting, Payroll Compliance Legislation, and Payroll Fundamentals 1 and 2
Employability Skills
Job Search and Résumé Writing


24 Weeks

Expected Wage Range

$31,077 - $88,177*

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