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Payroll Professional Program

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Everybody needs a paycheque…so Payroll Professionals are always in demand. Industry trusts payroll designated staff to ensure their people get paid.

The Payroll Professional program (CPAY500) is designed for learners interested in developing a strong foundation in the payroll field. If you’re looking to succeed in fast-paced, challenging payroll environments, this program will provide the preparation you need. When you successfully complete the program, you will be able to use your creativity and a range of resources to solve payroll-related problems.

As this is an academic program, students should be prepared for homework requirements for evenings and weekends to prepare for classes and complete assignments. 

Students will take all the required courses for their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation along with courses that will round out the skills typically required of payroll professionals such as Sage, Business Communications, Word and Excel. 


Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 450 Hour(s)

    450 Hours

  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education Only
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

No admission requirements.

In the program, you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to keep an organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle and to use technology to support payroll activities. You will learn how to communicate and interact effectively and professionally with internal and external stakeholders. 

As part of the program, you will have opportunities to network with industry professionals to facilitate your job search. For more information, please visit the Payroll Professional Program

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated January 25, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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