Applied Payroll Management

This course is the final core payroll course in the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification program.
Applied Payroll Management (APM) provides professionals with the opportunity to apply relevant management processes in a payroll department context. Benchmarking, best practices development and human resources skills - such as monitoring, assessing and supervising personnel - are utilized to enable the payroll professional to achieve organizational and career goals.
For those who want online instruction, the APM course is offered twice a year, starting February 15th and August 15th. Each online course for the CPM certification is 13 weeks in duration.

Introduction to Payroll Management. Students should also have a mastery of basic computer skills, including word processing, internet browsers and email software.

Upon completion of Applied Payroll Management, you should be able to:

  • Define the legislative compliance role of a payroll professional, including how payroll can expand its role in an organization.
  • Analyze payroll’s relationship with the finance, human resources and information technology departments in an organization.
  • Participate in continuous improvement strategies through benchmarking and the application of best practices.
  • Identify the processes required for evaluating, implementing and maintaining new payroll systems.
  • Participate in the development of payroll employees through the use of cascading objectives, job design, professional development, succession planning and performance measurement.
  • Develop personal and professional career plans.
  • Demonstrate self-management using effective time and stress management strategies.

The course material will be shipped by FedEx to your preferred mailing address and should arrive within 10 days from the date of your registration. The course login will be emailed to your preferred email address 1 day before the course start date. If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your junk/spam folder.
Students must actively participate in online discussions either individually or in groups. As this participation is worth 20% of the final mark, students are encouraged to post thoughtful, detailed responses by the due dates. To keep current in the course, it is recommended that students monitor the Discussion Forums at least every other day.

In addition to participating in the discussions, students will complete two assignments, each worth 20%, and complete an online final exam worth 40% of the final mark. The first assignment is a case study where students will be assigned to a group to work collaboratively to draft a Team Charter and submit a case study; students will then individually complete a peer evaluation for each member of their group. The second assignment is an individual assignment that requires the preparation of a written report. Late assignments will not be graded.
Exam Details: You must complete your final exam in an approved post-secondary test centre. The list of test centres will be provided on the first week of the course. The exam dates will not change, so please ensure you are available to write during the period specified. Students are responsible for booking their own exam session with an appropriate test centre. Students are also responsible for any exam proctoring fees.

Students must achieve a minimum of 65% on the exam mark and 65% on the final course mark in order to pass the course. Grade Reports will be available to access/print approximately four weeks after the official end date for the course. For confidentiality reasons, marks cannot be given by phone, fax or email.
Cancellation Policy: Students who withdraw within the first three weeks of the term will receive a full refund from the Canadian Payroll Association, less a withdrawal fee of $150.00, plus applicable taxes.

CPM Certification Completion Timeline: Effective January 1, 2017, CPM students must complete all CPM certification courses, including the transfer credit courses, within 5 years from the start of their first successful IPM course. 
Maximum Course Attempts: Students are permitted a maximum of three attempts at any individual Canadian Payroll Association Course. In the event that a student fails a given CPM course three times (through the classroom or online study options), they will no longer be permitted to register for the course.


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