Study Options and Fees

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Course Formats and Fees

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

  • Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL) – Begins the 1st of every month
    Get introduced to all legislation influencing payroll compliance requirements.
  • Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1) – Begins the 20th of every month
    Apply legislation to calculate and document all types of individual payments.
  • Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2) – Begins the 10th of every month
    Learn about third-party remittances, including accounting, technical and year-end requirements.
  • French – Online courses are offered every 3 months.

Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

  • Introduction to Payroll Management – Check your registration for prerequisites and other details.
    Learn what’s required to manage a payroll department, and the tools needed for success.
  • Applied Payroll Management – Check your registration for prerequisites and other details.
    Perfect your payroll management skills by learning about benchmarking, best practices development, human resources skills and more.

Classroom courses are offered according to academic term schedules at selected colleges and universities across Canada. Contact the college/university of your choice for start dates.

Important: You must register with and pay applicable fees to both the college/university and the Canadian Payroll Association.

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Do you have the payroll knowledge to write the exam without taking the full course? Take the 2-month Challenge course for Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1 or Payroll Fundamentals 2. Test your knowledge using our online tool, the Payroll Knowledge Evaluator (PKE) beforehand. Challenge students receive full printed course materials, but have no access to a facilitator or online review tools. The online exam can be completed any time during the two month course period. The exam must be remote proctored through Examity®. There is no option to transfer or withdraw from a challenge course.

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Payroll Certifications in Canada are only available to members of the Canadian Payroll Association. If you would like to register for any course leading towards either the Payroll Compliance Practitioner or Certified Payroll Manager certifications and are not a member, click here to join as a Candidate Member  (fee: $99 annually).

  • If you are already a member, only the course fees apply.
  • For those enrolling as part of a full time college program, membership is not required to take any courses

Study Option

Registration Fees

PCP Course Requirements: Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1, Payroll Fundamentals 2

Online $599 plus tax per course for CPA Members 
Challenge $469 plus tax per course for CPA Members 
Classroom Part-time $340 plus tax per course for CPA Members
Classroom Full-time $340 plus tax per course (Membership not required)

CPM Course Requirements: Introduction to Payroll Management, Applied Payroll Management

Classroom Part-time

$440 plus tax per course


$699 plus tax per course 

If you would like to register for a classroom course, you must first register with the institution and pay the institution the applicable fees. You will then also register with the Canadian Payroll Association and pay the fees noted in the table above.

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Take the core payroll courses according to your schedule! See a demo of our learning platform before you register.

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Test Your Knowledge

Wan to assess a candidate’s or your own payroll compliance expertise? Hope to challenge a PCP and a S.C.P.Q course? Try our Payroll Knowledge Evaluator.

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