Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)

Professional designation

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada.

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification

The Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification is the foundation for a successful career in payroll. Certification will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle, and become part of a growing community of highly-engaged professionals.

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification requires three core payroll courses, Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit, and one year of payroll work experience:

  • Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL)
  • Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1)
  • Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2)
  • Introduction to Accounting (transfer of credit; offered at post-secondary institutions)
  • PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) (a minimum of one year work experience in payroll)

Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification

The Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification provides the management skills needed to advance your career in payroll management. New students must have at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization’s payroll function (obtained in the past five years), including being accountable to management for the accuracy of employee pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience.

Each CPM student must submit a Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and receive approval from the Canadian Payroll Association prior to enrolling in the Introduction to Payroll Management course. They must also already be a PCP certification holder.

Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) requires two core payroll courses and three transfer of credits:

  • Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM) (prerequisites: Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification and payroll experience)
  • Applied Payroll Management (APM) (prerequisites: Introduction to Payroll Management)
  • Organizational Behaviour Management (transfer of credit)
  • Managerial Accounting (transfer of credit)
  • Compensation & Benefits Management (transfer of credit)

Students must:

  • register with Conestoga College and pay the school's registration fee, and
  • register with the Canadian Payroll Association and pay the association's registration fee to receive their course materials and access the learning platform (PCP only). This must be done five business days before the start date of the course. 

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