Micro-credential:

Payroll Specialist

Micro-credential

The National Payroll Institute (NPI) formally known as the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada, and you can earn one or all of the Instutute's certifications at Sheridan. Sheridan's Payroll Specialist Micro-Credential is an excellent step for those working towards their official Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the National Payroll Institute.

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Please refer to the Program Description tab for important information regarding this program.

Prerequisite Information

Students MUST have the prerequisites before enrolling in each course and may not take more than one (1) payroll course at the same time.

Important Program Note(s):

  • The Institute (formerly CPA) requires a minimum grade of 65% on both the final examination and on the course to pass. This is a requirement for Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1, and Payroll Fundamentals 2. Please note that for the Financial Accounting 1 course, the institute will only require that your final course mark reflected on your official transcript is 65% or higher.
  • When on-campus, students must bring a laptop for the mid-term / final exams for some courses.
  • In addition to the fees paid to Sheridan college per course, students are required to also register with the Institute and pay the Institute's applicable fee(s) in order to successfully receive the course materials and get access to the online learning platform. This will need to be done for each payroll specific course, which includes Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1, and Payroll Fundamentals 2. Students do not need to pay additional fees to the association for the Financial Accounting 1 course.
  • Students should register with the Institute no later then five (5) days before the start date of their course. Sheridan will provide you with instructions on how to register, upon paying your Sheridan course fees.

These courses are part of the Payroll Specialist Program.

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Compulsory Course(s)

Successfully Complete Four (4) Courses

Financial Accounting 1
Course Code:
ACCG70016
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
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Payroll Compliance Legislation
Course Code:
BUSM79008
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
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Payroll Fundamentals 1
Course Code:
BUSM79009
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
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Payroll Fundamentals 2
Course Code:
BUSM79010
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
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Course Code:
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Program Delivery

This is a part-time program and is delivered via online (asynchronous) and virtual (synchronous) delivery.

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, courses BUSM79008 Payroll Compliance Legislation, BUSM79009 Payroll Fundamentals 1, and BUSM79010 Payroll Fundamentals 2 will be delivered online using a Virtual Classroom platform each week during the course’s scheduled day and time. This approach will allow for real-time, synchronous learning in much the same manner as students experience in the classroom.  Details regarding the specific Virtual Classroom platform to be used, will be provided closer to the course start date.

What are Micro-Credentials?

Micro-Credentials certify an individual’s achievements in specific skill sets and differ from traditional credentials, such as degrees or diplomas. They are shorter, personalized, and enables employment in specific roles. At the end of this program, you will receive an official document credential from Sheridan Continuing & Professional Studies.

Program Description

The National Payroll Institute's (NPI) (formally known as the Canadian Payroll Association/CPA) Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification (PCP) is the foundation for a successful career in payroll. Certification will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you get certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant. 

PCP certification requires three core payroll courses, an Introduction to Accounting course transfer credit and one year of weighted, related work experience.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Process the accounting cycle for a business 
  • Prepare and balance worksheets accordingly 
  • Understand payroll-related legislation affecting organizations
  • Utilize tools to find information and apply to different scenarios related to pay 
  • Calculate individual pay and non-individual pay
  • and more! 

Upon completion of the program course requirements, students will be awarded Sheridan's Payroll Specialist Micro-Credential.

Please note the four (4) compulsory courses in the Payroll Specialist Micro-Credential program are the required courses for earning the PCP certification from the National Payroll Institute. Students must successfully complete all four (4) courses with minimum grade average of 65% on both the final exam and each course. Students must also complete one (1) year related work experience in order to be eligible for the PCP Certification.

Students must then reach out to the NPI for next steps regarding obtaining the PCP certification. 

Cash in on a rewarding career. Enrol today.

National Payroll Institute (NPI) Registration

Students must first register with Sheridan Continuing & Professional Studies and pay their course registration fee. Then, they must also register with the National Payroll Institute and pay the Institute's applicable fee(s) in order to successfully receive the course materials and get access to the online learning platform. Students should register with the Institute no later then five (5) days before the start date of their course. 

Once you have registered with CAPS for your respective course, you will receive an email with instructions on to how to register with The National Payroll Institution.

Even if not pursuing their PCP designation, they must still register with NPI to obtain materials for this course. 

If you have any questions regarding registering with the institute, please visit the NPI website or email the certification department directly at certification@payroll.ca

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Requirements

Please see the requirements for this certification in completion order listed below.

  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL)
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1) – Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2) – Prerequisites: Payroll Compliance Legislation and Payroll Fundamentals 1
  4. Introduction to Accounting (transfer of credit; offered at post-secondary institutions)
  5. PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) (a minimum of one year work experience in payroll)

Grade Requirements

All courses, including Introduction to Accounting, require a passing grade of 65% in order to be accepted towards the PCP certification. This requirement is set out by the institute. 

Laptop & System Requirements

When classes are held on-campus, Sheridan now requires students to bring a laptop the mid-term and final exams for some courses in the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Program.

For optimum performance, we recommend the following browsers to access the course:

  • For Windows: Microsoft Edge 41 or later, Firefox 56 or later, Chrome 62 or later.
  • For Mac: Safari 10 or later.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Opportunity Centre at caps@sheridancollege.ca or (905) 874-4440