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Are you someone who loves working with numbers? Get started with our payroll administrator and accounting course in St. John’s at Eastern Academy. We prepare students with the skills required within the accounting sector. Practical training programs in bookkeeping fundamentals, accounting and payroll, and software like Sage Quickbooks and Microsoft Office assist students in laying the foundation for keeping their first step in the business world. If you want to enhance your logical and analytical skills, start preparing for our course.


Program Brief

10-week field placement
Successful graduates will be eligible for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation issued by the National Payroll Institute
Program Length: 60 Weeks

Program Overview

Our comprehensive program brings you the proper amalgamation of teaching the core accounting principles and Canadian tax knowledge you need to succeed in a business environment. You’ll get the skills and training that employers want, from accounts payable and accounts receivable to cash flows and balance sheets.

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 & the Payroll Administrator program, you will study and have the opportunity to earn your National Payroll Institute certification.

As a graduate, you leave with in-depth knowledge of the industry tools, along with practical experience offered through rigorous training and practical evaluations at the end of the program.

Course Objectives

The program’s prime objective is to make students adept with Canada’s financial accounting and payroll practices. Key elements that lay the foundation of our course are theoretical principles of accounting and payroll, the practical “hands-on” skills essential for the job, and the communication skills required for an office setting.

In accounting, each student will be given knowledge for calculating, preparing, and analyzing accounting reports related to financial transactions such as bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements, and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems.

Students will be taught in payroll to keep records of attendance-related procedures and to generate reports on the benefits provided to employees in an organization.

The training and the skills acquired along the course term will be effective and efficient for students to flourish in an entry-level accounting or payroll position.

Program Courses

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
Total Weeks – 60

Eastern Academy’s “Accounting and Payroll Administrator” course prepares students for exciting careers in the accounting and payroll administrative fields. Graduates will have met the educational requirement for NPI Payroll Compliance Practitioner Designation.


When you graduate with Accounting and Payroll Administrator program, these are the career options you can explore:

Accounting Opportunities
Accounts Payable Clerk
Accounts Receivable Clerk
Accounting Assistant
Office Manager
Accounting Assistant
Audit Clerk
Billing Clerk
Budget Clerk
Costing Clerk
Deposit Clerk
Finance Clerk
Financial Analyst
Invoice Clerk
Ledger Clerk
Tax Clerk

Payroll Opportunities
Payroll Clerk
Benefits Officer
Pay Advisor
Pay and Benefits Administrator
Pay and Benefits Clerk
Pay Clerk
Payroll Officer
Salary Administration Officer
Payroll Administrator

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 National Payroll Institute. The certification is nationally recognized as the standard of excellence for payroll training.


National Payroll Institute’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 the 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 Practitioner “Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA)” A minimum of one year of work experience in payroll.
  6. All courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit, require a passing grade of 65% to be accepted toward PCP certification.

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


Eastern Academy has an Articulation Agreement with Yorkville University in New Brunswick that automatically awards graduates of the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program 39 block transfer credits toward completing Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. To be eligible for admission and the awarding of this block of transfer credits, students must have graduated with a minimum grade of 70% in each course in the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program.

Graduates of the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program who wish to continue to pursue Yorkville University’s BBA degree can complete all required courses online.

Additional Information

Check your eligibility for the program and learn about the salary information:

Admission Requirements:

You must have a minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent or be a mature student. Please contact the campus for further information.

NOC CODE: 1431, 1432

Salary Range

Salary information may be found on:


Get in touch with us if you have questions about training programs, admissions and student referral programs.

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Accounting Courses and Payroll Administrator Programs in St. John’s
At Eastern Academy, we help students understand the global economy by giving them a fundamental grasp of bookkeeping, computerized accounting using Sage and Quickbooks, financial accounting and payroll administration.
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