Payroll Management Program Fosters Mature Learning Environment If you have already completed a college diploma or university degree and wish to advance your career to Payroll Management, you may do so at Centennial College, which offers a program that is designed for mature students. To apply for this two-semester undertaking, all you need is: a college diploma or university degree in any discipline or a partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience. You may also be asked to partake in a Payroll Management interview process, during which a transcript and resume review may be requested. English proficiency will also be considered. Once you are accepted to the program, you will study from Progress Campus, which is also home to many other School of Business offerings. This fosters a mature learning environment that encourages networking and peer-to-peer interaction. As for the program itself, Payroll Management is delivered in partnership with the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), with the association supplying 50 per cent of the courses. As such, it focuses on providing students with an extensive knowledge base, the development and enhancement of crucial skills in a number of key areas and preparation to begin working as payroll generalists with a solid foundation for subsequent career advancement. Among the specific courses are Fundamentals of Financial Accounting, Business Presentations, Payroll Compliance, Strategic Compensation, Human Resources Management in Canada, Pensions and Benefits, Payroll Systems and more. Additionally, the curriculum is supplemented by graduate level instruction in managerial accounting, strategic compensation, pensions and benefits. To ensure that students get the most of their Payroll Management courses, case studies, simulations and project-based learning, with a focus on developing project management, teamwork, report writing and presentation skills, are used. An emphasis is also placed on emerging trends and issues in payroll management, such as the use of promising technologies and changing legislative requirements. As such, payroll system training is taught using an SAP application. Thanks to its affiliation, graduates of Payroll Management are eligible to receive the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) subject to their joining the CPA and complying with its professional requirements. Registration in this will incur costs in addition to tuition. Payroll Management students who wish to enroll in the Introduction to Payroll Management (formerly Payroll Management Processes) and Applied Payroll Management (formerly Payroll Management Practices) Canadian Payroll Association CPM level payroll courses “must meet a payroll experience prerequisite to register”. To satisfy this prerequisite, students must have “at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization’s payroll function, which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees’ pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained in the past five years.” Payroll Management graduates may obtain positions as: payroll clerks/ officers, payroll and benefits clerks/ administrators/ payroll accountants, human resource and payroll generalists, general accounting coordinator, and small business bookkeepers/accountants.