Payroll Administration

Certificate | Code: 0964

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About the program

Working within the payroll function of an organization requires a diverse set of skills along with specific knowledge and skills of accounting, payroll and legislative applications to ensure all aspects of the payroll cycle and compliance elements are met. This program will provide a solid knowledge of the payroll functions within organizations and the skills to perform the payroll and accounting tasks for manual and computerized systems. The program will also look at industry trends and best practices related to the compensation, benefits and payroll functions within organizations. Topics addressed will include the payroll cycle and related calculations, how to work with agencies to ensure compliance with all legislative and government requirements, and documentation processes.
Graduates will gain a solid foundation of the payroll functions within organizations and will be able to perform payroll functions for various organizations working with specific accounting systems and processes utilized in Canadian businesses. As well, graduates will provide valuable contributions to the interpersonal dynamics of an organization based on their knowledge of organizational planning and operations.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

For those working in small, medium and large organizations in either the accounting or human resources departments. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to perform all payroll and accounting documentation in compliance with legislative and government requirements.

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Program outcomes

  • Explain various roles, functions and terminology relating to payroll operations and management within an organization.
  • Perform payroll and accounting tasks including record keeping and documentation using manual and computerized systems in keeping with legislative and government requirements.
  • Investigate payroll, compensation and benefit programs and systems and their suitability for organizational and employee needs.
  • Describe industry trends and best practices relating to insurance and benefit programs.
  • Apply professional communication and presentation skills in workplace and academic situations.

Program related resources

Program contact

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Spring Registration: Opens February 1, 2021
Fall Registration: Opens July 5, 2021