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Accounting & Payroll Administrator

Accounting & Payroll Administrator Program

  • 10-week field placement
  • Successful graduates of this program will be eligible for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification issued by the Canadian Payroll Association

Program Length: 60 Weeks.


Our program focuses on teaching you the core accounting principles that you need to succeed in a business environment. From accounts payable and accounts receivable to cash flows and balance sheets, you’ll get the skills and training that employers want.

Payroll training gives you a leg up and opens even more doors for possible job opportunities. Preparing payroll to Canadian standards is not just important – it’s the law! With our Accounting & Payroll Administrator course you will study and have the opportunity to write your Canadian Payroll Association certification exam on campus.

Student Success Strategies 20 hours
Software Lab: Computer Fundamentals 40
Software Lab: Word Processing 40
Software Lab: Spreadsheets 40
Software Lab: Presentations 40
Software Lab: Database Management 40
Finance 40
Internal Control 40
Bookkeeping Level I and II 80
Intermediate and Management Accounting 80
Computerized Accounting with Sage 50 80
Computerized Accounting with Sage 300 80
Payroll Compliance Legislation 80
Payroll Fundamentals I 80
Payroll Fundamentals II 80
Business Math 40
Writing for Comprehension 40
Image Development 20
Career Planning and Preparation Level I 20
Career Planning and Preparation Level II 20
Field Placement 10 Weeks

Eastern Academy’s “Accounting and Payroll Administrator” program prepares students for exciting careers in accounting and payroll administrative fields. Graduates will have an opportunity to write the Canadian Payroll Association’s certification exams.


The Accounting and Payroll Administrator program will qualify graduates to pursue positions such as Payroll Administrator, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounting Assistant and Office Manager. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.


Successful graduates of this program will meet the educational requirement of achieving the appropriate passing grades to be eligible for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification issued by the Canadian Payroll Association. The certification is nationally recognized as the standard of excellence for payroll training.


The Canadian Payroll Association’s “Payroll Compliance Practitioner” certification is the foundation for a career in payroll. Gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you get certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification requires three core courses, one transfer of credit and one year of weighted, related work experience. Please see the requirements in completion order listed below.

  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2
  4. Introduction to Accounting (transfer of credit; offered at post-secondary institutions)
  5. Payroll Compliance Practitioiner “Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA)” A minimum of one year work experience in payroll.

All courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit, require a passing grade of 65% in order to be accepted toward PCP certification.

For more information, visit or e-mail the Certification department at


Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status. Please call the campus for more details.

NOC CODE: 1431, 1432
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