Your Career in Payroll – Get Certified!

The CPA’s Certification Programs

The CPA’s Certification Programs offer individuals interested in beginning a career in payroll, or enhancing their current payroll knowledge, the professional certifications that can help them succeed in today’s competitive business environment.

    Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

    The PCP certification is the foundation for a career in payroll. It provides candidates with the legislative content required to keep an organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders, and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll.

    Education Requirements

    * Study directly through post-secondary institution

    Other Requirements

    1. Submit the PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA)
    2. Apply/maintain a CPA Membership
    3. Apply for the Certification Declaration

    All certified individuals must comply with the following three requirements to maintain certification:

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    Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

    The CPM certification builds on compliance knowledge and develops payroll management skills to prepare seasoned professionals to manage a payroll department. New students enrolling in the CPM program must have at least two years of experience obtained in the past five years being responsible for an organization’s payroll function, including being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees’ pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience. Each student must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and receive approval from the CPA prior to enrolling in the Introduction to Payroll Management course. This prerequisite ensures students have the practical payroll experience required to be successful in a payroll management program.

    Education Requirements

    * Study directly through post-secondary institution

    Certification Declaration

    • Once the education requirements are met, and you are an active CPA member, you will be sent the Certification Declaration, which must be completed and submitted to receive the certification.  

    All certified individuals must comply with the following three requirements to maintain certification:

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    Want to know more about our certifications? Attend a Certification Information Session and meet with us! Information sessions are being held in major cities across Canada. Register for a session near you and get certified!