Frequently Asked Questions

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To maintain your certification, you must comply with the following three requirements:

Yes, as long as the experience meets the criteria for the CPM certification: 2 years of weighted payroll experience where you are responsible for the payroll function of an organization, including being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees' pay and statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained within the past 5 years. Even if you previously submitted a PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA), you must still submit the CPM Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA) to apply for the CPM certification. 

QPCP certification requires two core courses, one transfer of credit for the third course and one year of weighted related work experience. Please see the requirements in completion order listed below.

Education Requirements

  1. Quebec Payroll Compliance 1
  2. Quebec Payroll Compliance 2             
  3. Introduction to Accounting (transfer of credit; offered at post-secondary institutions)

Other Requirements

  1. Submit your QPCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) (a minimum of one year of weighted payroll work experience).
  2. Ensure you have an active membership with the CPA.
  3. Submit the Certification Declaration.
With a Candidate Membership, you receive:
  • Access to Payroll Infoline. Our team of experts who staff Payroll Infoline have a combined 250-years of payroll experience. If you ever have a question or are unsure of how to apply even the most complex legislated requirements, you can give them a call and if we don’t know the answer, WE do the research for you.
  • Access to numerous guides and tools, to help you tackle even the most complex payroll, including:
    • Payroll Best Practice Guidelines
    • Getting Ready for a Payroll Audit Best Practice Guidelines
    • New Hire Payroll Best Practice Guidelines
  • Exclusive member communications, including DIALOGUE magazine (electronic version) and eSource newsletter, allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of the payroll industry and be an essential, professional resource for your employer.
  • JobConnect, our member-only job board, helps you find and apply for rewarding payroll opportunities right across Canada.

An official transcript is a copy of a student’s permanent record. It is printed on secure paper and/or has the college seal. It is usually signed by the registrar. Only the official transcript will be accepted; copies and scans of the official transcript are not acceptable.

A career in payroll is very rewarding and becoming certified as a Quebec Payroll Compliance Practitioner (QPCP) will ensure you have the payroll compliance knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the administration of Quebec payrolls. The QPCP is delivered in French and focused solely on Quebec and federal payroll legislation and regulations.

The Student PCP Membership category has been discontinued. The Canadian Payroll Association is there for you every step of the way during your payroll career. That’s why we are investing in your career by introducing the NEW Candidate Membership, exclusively for those who are investing in themselves by starting the journey towards a payroll certification.

To obtain the PCP certification, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all the required courses.
  2. Transfer non-core payroll course(s) to the CPA (e.g., Introduction to Accounting).
  3. Complete the Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA).
  4. Ensure you have an active membership with the CPA.

Once these requirements are met, the PCP certificate will then be issued and mailed to preferred address in your file 6-8 weeks after you complete all the requirements..

A Candidate Membership is a new membership category available only to those individuals who are working towards obtaining a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification. The Canadian Payroll Association is investing in individuals who are making a significant investment in their education by completing the certification courses or working toward satisfying the PCP Work Experience requirement.  A Candidate Membership provides access to the same valuable member benefits as our other membership types for the affordable annual fee of $99 plus applicable taxes.
The annual fee for a Candidate Membership is $99 CAD plus applicable tax.

To obtain the CPM certification, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a PCP certification in good standing. 
  2. Submit your Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA).
  3. Complete all the required courses.
  4. Ensure you have an active membership with the CPA.

Once these requirements are met, the CPM certificate will then be mailed to the preferred address in your file 6-8 weeks after your declaration is processed.

Individuals with a Candidate Membership will receive access to the electronic version of DIALOGUE magazine and the annual rate sheets, while Associate members will receive hard copy versions of these resources. Candidate members will not receive a printed member card and do not have voting rights at the annual Canadian Payroll Association Annual General Meeting (AGM). The annual cost for an Associate Membership is $240 plus applicable taxes while the cost for a Candidate Membership is $99 plus applicable taxes.

There are four types of membership:

  • Professional Member: You are certified as a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) or Certified Payroll Manager (CPM).
  • Candidate Member: You are completing PCP certification courses and/or working towards obtaining one year of weighted Payroll Work Experience.
  • Associate Member: You would like to take advantage of the benefits of memberships, and you are not certified nor is your company a member. This is also an option if you are a student pursuing the PCP certification.
  • Organization Member: Your organization operates, is responsible for or has an interest in Canadian payroll. Member benefits can be enjoyed by all relevant employees.
To view a detailed description of each type of membership, please click on Types of Membership.
All individuals completing PCP certification courses and/or working towards obtaining one year of weighted Payroll Work Experience are eligible for a Candidate Membership for up to five (5) years from the registration date of their first PCP course and/or up to the completion of their one year of weighted work experience. Upon satisfying the work experience requirement, candidates will become certified and will then be required to obtain either a Professional Membership or join the roster of their company’s Organizational Membership once their Candidate Membership expires.