Payroll Compliance Practitioner

Become a Payroll Compliance Practitioner:
A Certification You Can Count On

A career in payroll is very rewarding and becoming certified as a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) will ensure you have the payroll compliance knowledge and skills you need to succeed.


Why Get PCP Certified?

PCP 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.

"Certification adds credibility to your advice and suggestions as a professional and educated individual." Ingrid Allan, PCP

Flexible Options

Take your PCP certification courses at one of many post-secondary institutions across Canada or online. The choice is yours depending on your learning style.

How do I become a Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner?

PCP certification requires four core courses and one year of related work experience.

  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1
  3. Introduction to Accounting (offered at post-secondary institutions)
  4. Payroll Fundamentals 2 

The three core payroll courses are offered at many post-secondary institutions or directly from The Canadian Payroll Association though online learning (classes start every month).

"I did my courses through a combination of online and in-class study, and found the program flexible enough to meet my needs as a single mom working full-time." Nadine Harrison, PCP

Introduction to Accounting can be obtained through post-secondary programs at most colleges and universities across Canada. 

A minimum pass grade of 65% is required for each course. A combination of payroll education and payroll work experience ensures PCP certification is highly valued by employers.

Work Experience Requirement

Students completing courses on a part-time basis can fulfill the work experience requirement within five years before or after passing the Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL) course to obtain certification. 

PCP Candidate

Payroll students who finish the academic requirements, but have not yet obtained the work experience requirement are referred to as "PCP Candidates". PCP Candidates are skilled in payroll knowledge yet still need practical hands-on experience. Employers value PCP Candidates for many entry-level payroll positions. A PCP Candidate Information card can be obtained from the CPA website and used to assist with your job search .

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