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The Certified Payroll Management Program

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Overview

Today's payroll professionals need experience in a range of disciplines, including payroll, human resources, taxation, labour relations and management skills. The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Payroll Management Program (CPMP) is designed for individuals who want to increase their level of knowledge and professionalism in payroll administration and management.

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Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) with Grade XII English and Mathematics.

Students enrolling in CPA300, CPA301, CPA302, CPA403 or CPA404 must register both with Seneca and then with the Canadian Payroll Association in order to receive materials and textbooks for the first class. These courses must be taken in sequential order.

 

To Enroll in a CPA Payroll Course

You must first register with and pay tuition fees to Seneca, and then register with and pay a separate fee to the CPA for course material and the final exam. To register with the CPA, visit the CPA website to obtain a copy of the CPMP Brochure and CPMP Registration form.

To Enrol in the CPM Program

Students who wish to enrol in the CPM program must have at least two years'  experience being responsible for an organization's payroll function. Students must submit, to the CPA, the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application found on the CPA's website, under Certification.

Important Information Regarding Textbook

The CPA registration forms, complete with payment, must be submitted to the CPA no later than 10 business days prior to the Seneca course start date to ensure the timely delivery of printed course material and access to the online material and exams.

For all CPA registrations processed by the deadline described above, the printed course material will be shipped by the CPA to your preferred mailing address using FedEx (a tracking number will be emailed to you).

An access code to the online material will be emailed by the CPA to your preferred e-mail address one business day prior to the course start date.


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Courses

Level I Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

CPA Requirements

CPA300
Payroll Compliance Legislation
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This course will provide students with the payroll related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay.




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CPA301
Payroll Fundamentals I
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300 prior to taking this course.

This course will provide students with the ability to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay from remuneration and deductions to net pay.




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CPA302
Payroll Fundamentals 2
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301 and ACC120 prior to taking this course.

This course provides students with the ability to calculate and report government and third party circumstances.




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Compulsory Courses

ACC120
Accounting Basics I
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Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent

This course introduces the student to how accounting information is used by, and meets the needs of both internal and external users through effective and efficient communication as well as what accounting information is required by a business concern to reflect clearly the operating results of the enterprise over its operating life. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to generally accepted accounting principles, the interpretation and preparation of financial statements and how this information is recorded in the various business records.




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NOTE:  The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) requires a grade of 65% on the final exam and 65% overall in order for the credit to be accepted toward CPA designations.

CPM students must complete mandatory CPA payroll courses plus specified compulsory courses at each program level to become certified.

Level II Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

CPA Requirements **subject to change**

CPA403
Introduction to Payroll Management
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301, CPA302 and ACC120 prior to taking this course. Students must also meet a payroll experience prerequisite as determined by CPA prior to taking this course.

This course prepares students to manage a payroll department by introducing them to core management topics. Based on market research, the course provides the management content and tools, such as decision making and project management, required to be a successful manager. It builds on the foundation of a Payroll Compliance Practitioner's experience and knowledge of legislative monitoring and effective communication of payroll programs and policies.




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CPA404
Applied Payroll Management
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301, CPA302, CPA403 and ACC120 prior to taking this course.

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply relevant management processes in the context of a payroll department. Benchmarking, best practices development, human resources skills are utilized to enable the payroll professional to achieve organizational and career goals.




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Compulsory Courses

HRM742
Business Management & Organizational Behaviour
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

This course is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment, organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for better and more effective leadership. This course provides a better understanding of this process.




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HRM732
Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The focus of this course is to provide students with an understanding of accounting information for the use of business managers and a working knowledge of financial accounting for human resources managers. The fundamental principles of finance and accounting will be combined with practical applications relating to various forms of organization. Using accounting information to help effect plans, controls, and decisions will be emphasized.




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HRM831 OR HRM840
 
HRM831
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The purpose of this course is to examine the principles, processes and theories involved in the design and administration of compensation programs. Emphasis is placed on linking compensation strategy to corporate strategy, applying behavioural theories in the design of compensation programs and implementing, managing and adapting compensation programs.




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HRM840
Pensions and Benefits
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

Various government and employer sponsored pension and benefit plans will be reviewed as well as current related public and legislative issues. Major areas for discussion include public and private health care plans, income replacement provisions, survivor benefits and pension arrangements. Also, techniques for benefit plan management will be discussed with respect to plan design, communication, costing and administration.




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Additional Courses of Interest

APP303
Call Centre Operations - Accounting and Payroll
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Prerequisite(s):

CPA301

Corequisite(s):

CPA302

This course introduces the student to a working call centre environment. Students will understand how the call centre relates to the payroll industry and its function within an organizational structure. In addition, students will become proficient in using call centre technology by performing hands-on exercises in a call centre lab environment. Students are required to apply classroom theory and demonstrate the skills and techniques of communications, keyboarding, research, and customer service in practical applications.




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APP304
Payroll Accounting and Technology Practicum
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Prerequisite(s):

CPA300, CPA301, CPA302 and ACC120

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an extensive hands-on, practical knowledge of accounting and payroll applications using technology as a tool. Using source documents, students will use appropriate technology to complete a comprehensive case study on both the accounting and payroll cycles. Students will experience payroll and accounting systems and the source standards for industry-standard payroll and accounting systems for both in-house and outsourced payroll.




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Note: APP304 requires PCP designation.

 

Completion

CPA Payroll Course Completion Requirements

Full instructions, fee descriptions and forms are provided in the "Get Certified!" guide available from the CPA website at www.payroll.ca or by contacting the CPA.

To Complete the Non-Payroll Compulsory and Elective Requirements

You must complete the non-payroll course equivalents at Seneca with a minimum grade of 65% and forward results to the CPA.

Important Update

Effective January 1, 2017, the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is implementing a five-year Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) Certification Declaration timeline for all CPM students.

CPM students should complete the CPM courses and submit their Certification Declaration within five (5) years of the start date of their first successful IPM course.

For all current and prospective students who have passed the IPM course prior to January 1, 2017, the five (5) year timeline will begin January 1, 2017.

CPMP

Certified Payroll Management Program (CPMP)

Certification at one or more levels of the CPMP is a prerequisite for employment in payroll by more and more employers. The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers five core payroll courses through selected post-secondary institutions including Seneca. The CPA updates all subject material annually. Updated material is introduced each spring term. Download a copy of the CPA's CPMB Brochure and registration form from the CPA website.

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Program Contacts

Keith Chapin
Program Coordinator
Keith.Chapin@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.