Canadian Payroll Management

Payroll. Professional.

Work towards becoming a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

Introducing McMaster University's Certificate in Canadian Payroll Management.


Starting September 2016, qualified Canadian Payroll Association members can work towards becoming a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) with in-person courses at the McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education in Hamilton, Ontario.

In addition, McMaster now offers a university-level five-course Certificate in Canadian Payroll Management with in-person and online courses that can be applied to the CPM designation. 

Register for the next program preview webinar on Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Why Choose McMaster CCE's Canadian Payroll Management Program? 

Through taking this program, students will receive credit towards their professional designation as well as towards the McMaster University Certificate in Canadian Payroll Management.

This certificate enables students to ladder into undergraduate degree studies.

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Who should take this program?

Graduates of the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) program who are preparing to move up in their careers by working towards their Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification.

Why pursue a career in payroll management? 

Payroll is a mission-critical process for successful organizations. Wages and benefits, in addition to being a major expense, also have legislative and statutory compliance requirements to be managed.

Canada's 1.5 million employers count on payroll professionals to annually pay:

  • $860 billion in wages
  • $268 billion in federal and provincial statutory remittances
  • $94 billion in health and retirement benefits

In addition to producing:

  • 26 million T4s
  • 9 million T4As
  • 7 million RL-1s

All while complying with over 190 regulatory requirements. 

McMaster's Certificate in Canadian Payroll Management enables payroll professionals to enhance operations, comply with legislative requirements and utilize emerging technologies - all skills that will make you invaluable to payroll departments across industries. 

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Canadian Payroll Management program will have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical practices and professional standards as applied to the payroll profession
  • Demonstrate awareness of organizational structure and the role of payroll management practices within an organization
  • Understand the role that strategic, operational, human resources and financial management play in an organization
  • Recognize appropriate organizational, legal, and professional policies that regulate payroll professionals 
  • Analyze situations and apply the appropriate decision-making processes
  • Identify and apply the principles of project management in the payroll management process
  • Use effective communication strategies
  • Research, calculate, analyze and evaluate information appropriate to payroll contexts
  • Propose creative and critical options and solutions that align with payroll practices
  • Recognize the impact of current economic, political and professional rules and regulations on payroll practices
Please contact CCE for consultation to help determine if this program is right for you. 

Learn more about our program. Watch a recording of our recent program preview:

Check out our piece in the June 2016 issue of CPA's DIALOGUE magazine: