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Rachel, McMaster University Continuing Education Payroll graduate Rachel, McMaster University Continuing Education Payroll graduate


Maximize your earning potential.

Work towards your Payroll Compliance Practioner (PCP) or Canadian Payroll Management (CPM) certification.


McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) is pleased to offer those pursuing a career in payroll the opportunity to earn a McMaster University academic certificate, while pursuing their payroll certification – The Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Certification and/or The Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) Certification.

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada, and you can earn one or both CPA certifications through McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).  What’s more – course credits may be used towards undergraduate studies!

McMaster University’s programs will prepare payroll practitioners to manage the compliance requirements of an organization's annual payroll cycle, deliver clear and reliable payroll information, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. 

Why Pursue a Career in Payroll

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, and $94 billion in health and retirement benefits. Payroll professionals are also responsible for producing 26 million T4s, 9 million T4As, and 7 million RL-1s - all while complying with over 190 regulatory requirements.

Payroll professionals play a critical role in organizations. Employers nationwide are looking for certified payroll professionals when hiring and promoting. 

McMaster University’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner and Canadian Payroll Management certificates enable 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. 

Increase your influence and earning potential by becoming a payroll professional today! 

Why Choose McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE)

McMaster University’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate and Canadian Payroll Management Certificates have been developed in affiliation with the Canadian Payroll Association to address the educational and professional development needs of participants, the hiring needs of employers, the mission of the Canadian Payroll Association, and the Centre for Continuing Education’s (CCE) strategic vision. 

The Payroll Certificate program provides:

  • the opportunity to work towards their payroll certification and a university level academic certificate - concurrently. A two-in-one program!
  • the necessary knowledge and skills aligned with core competencies for payroll practitioners;
  • a professional education program for those interested in working within a payroll environment; 
  • employers with educational/professional upgrading opportunities for employees based on industry standard and competencies for payroll practitioners; 
  • the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in a shared learning environment;
  • credit towards an academic university level certificate, as well as an opportunity to apply course credits towards an undergraduate degree at McMaster University

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