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Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)

Certified Payroll Manager Certification (CPM)
Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification (PCP)

About the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
  • The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has influenced the payroll compliance practices and processes of hundreds of thousands of employers since 1978. As the authoritative source of Canadian payroll knowledge, the CPA affects the legislative processes and practices of payroll service and software providers, as well as hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large employers.
  • Professional payroll administration is mission-critical because of the magnitude of the remuneration by employers and the breadth of the legislative compliance requirements. Canada's 1.5 million employers count on payroll professionals to annually pay $928 billion in wages and taxable benefits, $313 billion in federal and provincial statutory remittances, and $177 billion in health and retirement benefits, as well as produce 26 million T4s, 9 million T4As, and 7 million RL-1s - all while complying with over 200 regulatory requirements.
  • Please refer to answers to questions potential students often ask for more information.
Association’s Requirements for Certifications
Candidates to become Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioners (PCP) must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Become an active CPA member and take the following courses:
  2. Submit the PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA)
  • Introduction to Accounting – Study directly through post-secondary institution e.g. School of Continuing Studies
The following University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Course can be taken to fulfil the requirement of a course in Introduction to Accounting:

SCS 0984 Accounting: The Fundamentals

  1. Submit the PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA)
  2. Apply/Maintain CPA membership
  3. Apply for the Certification Declaration
Association’s Requirements
All certified individuals must comply with all of the following requirements to maintain the PCP certification:

  1. Maintain a membership with the CPA
  2. Adhere to the CPA’s Code of Professional Conduct
Recognized University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Courses
  1. Meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements: PCP Certification holders will be required to attain and declare 14 hours of CPE annually.
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Business and Professional Studies courses in Accounting, Human Resources and Leadership may be submitted for consideration towards the fulfilment of the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements. Please see the CPA Professional Development Activities List  for more details.
Association’s Requirements for Certifications
Candidates to become Certified Payroll Managers must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Hold the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification
  2. Demonstrate at least two years of payroll experience
  3. Take the following courses through the CPA :
  4. Take the following courses through a post-secondary institution e.g. University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
Recognized University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Courses
Managerial Accounting SCS 0915 Advanced Management Accounting
or
SCS 2011 Financial and Management Accounting
or
SCS 0083 Corporate Finance and Performance Analysis
Compensation & Benefits Management SCS 1529 Compensation
Organizational Behaviour Management SCS 0988 Organizational Behaviour
  1. Maintain a membership with CPA
  2. Submit a Certification Declaration
Association’s Requirements
All certified individuals must comply with the following three requirements to maintain certification:
  1. Maintain a membership with the CPA
  2. Adhere to the CPA’s Code of Professional Conduct
  1. Meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements: CPM Certification holders will be required to attain and declare 21 hours of CPE annually.
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Business and Professional Studies courses in Accounting, Human Resources and Leadership may be submitted for consideration towards the fulfilment of the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements. Please see the CPA Professional Development Activities List  for more details.

Updated: March 2017

Disclaimer:
The Association may offer certifications in addition to the one(s) identified. The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies is committed to providing current and accurate information about the requirements to earn the certification(s) identified. Contact the Association to confirm your personal pathway to the certification, based on your education and professional experience.

FAQs: Answers to questions potential students often ask