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Payroll Courses with the Canadian Payroll Association Certificate

Payroll Courses For Certification – Start A Lucrative Career Today!

Academy of Learning offers three levels of payroll courses in partnership with the Canadian Payroll Association. Each course includes everything you need for success. These courses are tailored to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge for certification as a Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP), a recognized standard in the industry. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Online access to all materials, including text, audio files, videos, and interactive payroll training
  • One-on-one support from our Learning Coaches, who are there to help you over whatever hurdles you may encounter
  • A pre-test will assess your current knowledge to develop a study plan, application exercises will apply concepts to real-life situations, chapter quizzes will review the information learned from the printed material, and a post-test will evaluate your learning gain.
  • Course manual provided for ongoing reference

There is a final exam upon completion of the payroll course. These payroll courses apply towards the CPA’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification. Completing each payroll course depends on passing the CPA final exam (65%) for this course and obtaining an overall course mark of 65%. Completing our Payroll Compliance Practitioner Course and passing the CPA final exam is your gateway to the prestigious PCP certification.

Our Payroll courses are available at the following campuses:

Go to Level 2 – Payroll Fundamentals 1
Go to Level 3 – Payroll Fundamentals 2

Payroll Courses - Level 1 - Compliance Legislation - Continuing Education

Payroll Courses – Level 1 – Payroll Compliance Legislation

The first of the Canadian payroll courses, Payroll Compliance Legislation, introduces you to payroll compliance responsibilities that affect organizations. This foundational course lays the groundwork for understanding the complexities of payroll management. As part of your journey towards payroll certification, this course is designed to provide you with the theory and knowledge required to:

  • Describe payroll’s objectives and stakeholders

  • Identify an employer/employee relationship

  • Communicate the payroll compliance requirements to various stakeholders

  • Apply federal and provincial legislation to payroll including:
    • the Canada Pension Plan

    • the Employment Insurance Act

    • the Income Tax Act

    • employment standards legislation

    • Workers’ Compensation Acts

    • Québec-specific legislation

Lesson 1: Payroll and Its Compliance Environment

Lesson 2: Federal Legislation

Lesson 3: Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance

Lesson 4: Income Tax

Lesson 5: Labour Standards – Employment Standards

Lesson 6: Labour Standards – Collective Agreements

Lesson 7: Provincial and Territorial Legislation Outside Québec

Lesson 8: Québec Legislation Lesson

Lesson 9: Workers’ Compensation

Payroll Courses - Level 2 - Fundamentals 1 - Continuing Education

Payroll Courses – Level 2 – Payroll Fundamentals 1

For our second payroll administrator course, Payroll Fundamentals 1, you’ll learn how to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay. This course, integral to achieving your payroll certification, includes all components of individual pay, from remuneration through deductions to net income for regular and nonregular situations. As an aspiring certified payroll professional, you will have the content and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculation process to external and internal stakeholders.

This payroll course, aligned with the standards of the certified payroll association, is designed to provide you with the theory and knowledge required to:

  • Calculate regular individual net pay

  • Calculate non-regular individual pay

  • Calculate termination payments

  • Complete a Record of Employment

  • Communicate all aspects of individual pay requirements to stakeholders.

Lesson 1: New Employee Information

Lesson 2: Employment Income – Regular Earnings

Lesson 3: Employment Income – Allowances, Expenses and Benefits

Lesson 4: Non-Regular Payments

Lesson 5: Non-Statutory Deductions

Lesson 6: Termination of Employment

Lesson 7: Record of Employment

Lesson 8: Commission Payments

Payroll Courses - Level 3 - Victoria Nanaimo Kamloops Kelowna  - Fundamentals 2 - Continuing Education

Payroll Courses – Level 3 – Payroll Fundamentals 2

In the Payroll Fundamentals 2 course, an advanced segment of the payroll compliance practitioner course, you will learn how to calculate and report government and third-party remittances, year-end requirements, and accounting for payroll at the compliance level for the organization. You will be able to effectively communicate these organizational processes and requirements to internal and external stakeholders. This course, an essential requirement for PCP certification, is designed to provide the payroll student with the theory and knowledge required to:

  • Calculate organizational remittances to federal, provincial, and third-party stakeholders.

  • Prepare accounting documentation for payroll, drawing on skills developed in accounting and payroll courses.

  • Complete year-end documentation, an essential skill for anyone aiming to become a payroll CPA

  • Communicate all aspects of organizational remittances, accounting, and year-end requirements to various stakeholders according to guidelines stipulated by the payroll association.

Lesson 1: Federal Remittances

Lesson 2: Provincial Remittances

Lesson 3: Non-Statutory Deduction Remittances

Lesson 4: Workers’ Compensation

Lesson 5: Payroll Accounting

Lesson 6: Year-End – Federal

Lesson 7: Year-End – Québec

Lesson 8: Year-End – Workers’ Compensation and Provincial Agencies

How to Become a Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

To earn your payroll certificate and become certified as a payroll expert through the Canadian Payroll Association, there are several requirements:

  • Payroll Compliance Legislation: Get introduced to all legislation influencing payroll compliance requirements. View course sheet.
  • Payroll Fundamentals 1: Apply legislation to calculate and document all types of individual payments. Open Level 2 information sheet.
  • Payroll Fundamentals 2: Learn about third-party remittances, including accounting, technical, and year-end requirements. View PDF of Level 3.
  • Bookkeeping Training: Transfer your credit from a course covering basic accounting practices and principles. Bookkeeping Level 1 and/or 2 is eligible.
  • Work Experience: Full certification requires one year of weighted payroll job experience. 

For more information on becoming a certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP), visit the Canadian Payroll Association.

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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Our payroll courses are in partnership with the Canadian Payroll Association and include online/digital resources, interactive practice, remote access for safety, one-on-one Learning Coach assistance, and comprehensive textbooks. These courses are recognized across the province and country. They are also eligible for third-party funding, including Worksafe, insurance, employer, WorkBC organizations, etc.

Students accomplish the learning objectives for each module through a series of hands-on tasks, for which they are given step-by-step instructions and desired result checkpoints. The tasks provide ample opportunity for students to practice, apply, and develop the skills covered in the course.

A practice exercise and review questions are included at the end of each module to measure progress and reinforce the skills learned. A lab exercise at the end of the course provides further practice and review to support the topics taught throughout the course and help prepare students for the exam.


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