Introduction to Payroll Management

This course is the first core payroll course in the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification program.
Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM) prepares professionals to manage a payroll department by introducing them to the most applicable core management skills. Based on market research, the course provides the management content and tools required to be a successful manager, such as decision making and project management. It builds on the foundation of a Payroll Compliance Practitioner’s experience, knowledge and application of legislative monitoring and effective communication of payroll programs and policies.
For those who want online instruction, the IPM course is offered twice a year, starting February 15th and August 15th. Each online course for the CPM certification is 13 weeks in duration.


PCP Certification and Payroll Experience prerequisite approval from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).
PCP certified members who wish to enrol in the CPM certification program must submit and have their Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA) approved by the CPA prior to enrolling in this course. For more information, see CPM - Payroll Experience Prerequisite

This is an intensive web-based online course, requiring frequent Internet access. Students should have a mastery of basic computer skills, including word processing, internet browsers and email software. Students will be required to use a microphone in the first assignment. This will not be provided by the Canadian Payroll Association.


Upon completion of Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM), you should be able to:

  • Define the role that strategic, operational, human resources and financial management play in an organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor, analyze, communicate and implement legislative changes.
  • Analyze situations and apply the appropriate decision-making tool.
  • Participate in an organization’s risk management process by developing payroll continuity plans.
  • Identify and apply the principles of project management.
  • Define change management in terms of the forces that lead to organizational change.
  • Demonstrate a professional payroll profile by applying privacy principles to the management of payroll information.
  • Analyze ethical situations that may emerge related to compliance and/or human resources situations.
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 individual assignment requires the preparation of a verbal presentation and a written report. The second assignment is a case study where students will be assigned to a group to work collaboratively but will each submit an individual assignment. 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.

Date Location
2022-04-07 Winnipeg, MB
2022-04-27 Dartmouth, NS
2022-04-29 Montreal, QC
2022-05-11 Mississauga, ON
2022-05-12 Mississauga, ON

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