CPM - Payroll Experience Prerequisite

PCP certified members who wish to enroll in the CPM program must meet a payroll experience prerequisite to register. To satisfy this prerequisite, the student must have at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization's payroll function, which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees' pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained in the past five years.

Students must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and receive approval from the CPA prior to enrolling in Introduction to Payroll Management course.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is implementing a five-year timeline for all Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) students to complete the requirements of the CPM certification, including Declaration. This timeline, similar to other professional associations, will increase the value of the CPM certification by ensuring the recency of education requirements.

CPM students will be required to complete all courses required for the CPM certification, including transfer credit courses, and submit their Certification Declaration within five (5) years of the start date of their first successful Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM) course.

For all current and prospective students who have passed the IPM course prior to January 1, 2017, the five (5) year timeline will begin January 1, 2017 and all requirements must be completed by January 1, 2022.

The new timeline will enhance the knowledge retention of our certified members, raise the knowledge quality of those holding the CPM certification, and establish a credentialing process in keeping with best practices of similar professional influencer associations.

For detailed instructions, please click here and review the Guide to Completing the Certified Payroll Manager Program's Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA)

If you are eligible to enroll in the CPM program, you can click here to complete the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application.

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