Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Work Experience Requirement

Effective January 1, 2015, individuals who wish to obtain the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification, must have at least one (1) year of work experience. Students completing courses on a part time basis can obtain the work experience requirement within five (5) years before or five (5) years after the start date of their first successful attempt of the Canadian Payroll Association’s Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL) course. Students completing the PCP courses as part of a full time private career college or public college academic program will have their timeline start from the end date of their Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2) course.

Those individuals who complete the education requirements (Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL), Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1), Introduction to Accounting and Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2) for the PCP certification but have not yet satisfied the PCP Work Experience Requirement are considered a “PCP Candidate”.

The weighted payroll work experience must be equivalent to one year of experience paying employees accurately and on time, in compliance with legislative requirements, contributing to the full annual payroll cycle.

Students will be eligible to submit the PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (PCP-WERA) after completing the PCP courses including transferring the Introduction to Accounting course credit into their Canadian Payroll Association files. The PCP-WERA must be approved by the Canadian Payroll Association before submitting the Certification Declaration.

What will be required in the PCP Work Experience Application?

You will be required to indicate the percentage of time you spend performing payroll activities in each of the eight categories below as well as the responsibilities you have performed in each category:

  • Payroll Administration (such as input of hours and earnings or time and attendance)
  • Payroll Information preparation and calculation (such as deductions or taxable benefits)
  • Payroll Remittances (such as federal & provincial, third-party or Workers Compensation)
  • Payroll Accounting (such as journal entries or account reconciliations)
  • Communication (such as payroll reporting or responding to stakeholders’ inquiries)
  • Year-end (such as federal and provincial reporting, filing and reconciliations)
  • Terminations (such as completing Records of Employment or calculating final payments)
  • Payroll Management (such as budgeting, planning or negotiating contracts)

Your information will need to be verified by a current or former manager.

To review a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.

Here are samples of the PCP - Work Experience Requirement Application and the guide. Please note that this application is for example use only and eligible PCP candidates will be sent access to the application once they qualify.