Payroll Experience Prerequisite

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certified members who wish to enroll in the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) program must meet a weighted payroll experience prerequisite to register. To satisfy this prerequisite, the student must have at least two (2) years of weighted 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 (5) years).

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

Effective January 1, 2017, the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is implementing a five (5) year timeline for all CPM students to complete the requirements of the CPM certification.

CPM students will be required to complete all courses required for the certification, including transfer credit courses within five (5) years of the start date of their first successful 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 PEPA. To review a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.

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