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


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

Course Descriptions


Core Courses – Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate

ACC 925 Introductory Financial Accounting (3 Units)

Examine generally accepted accounting principles, the transaction cycle, financial statements and the balance sheet.
Recommended prerequisite: ACC 830 or equivalent

Basic knowledge of Excel recommended.

Instructors: Carol Tristani

BUS 850 Business Communications (3 Units)

Gain the knowledge and skills associated with clearly receiving, transmitting and communicating information within the business environment.
Antirequisite: ACC 920 Effective Communication (3 Units)

Instructors: Nerissa KnappJennifer A. Frost

PAY 101 Payroll Compliance Legislation (3 Units)

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 payroll scenarios. Students who complete the course will know the payroll compliance responsibilities that affect organizations, be able to comprehend legislation and effectively communicate these to all stakeholders.

Prerequisite: Pre-requisite: BUS 850 - Business Communications or equivalent and Recommended Pre-requisite: Thorough understanding of mathematical principles will increase the probability of success in this course. Some students might consider taking ACC 829 - Preparatory Mathematics to brush up on skills.

PAY 102 Payroll Fundamentals 1 (3 Units)

Students who complete this course will be able to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay. This includes all components of individual pay from remuneration, through deductions, to net pay for both regular and non-regular situations. Students will have the content and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculation process to external and internal stakeholders. Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation

PAY 103 Payroll Fundamentals 2 (3 Units)

Students who complete this course will be able to calculate and report the government and third party remittances, year end requirements, discuss payroll technology solutions and account for payroll at the compliance level for the organization. Students will be able to effectively communicate these organizational processes and requirements to internal and external stakeholders. Prerequisite: Payroll Fundamentals 1Recommended: Introductory Financial Accounting

Core Courses – Canadian Payroll Management Certificate

Enrolment in any of the following courses is open to students who have satisfied all program entrance requirements and any/all posted course prerequisites or equivalencies. Be advised: Students who do not meet the prerequisites will be required to withdraw. In such cases, CCE’s withdrawal/refund policies will apply.

HRM 821 Organizational Behaviour (3 Units)

Explore human behaviour through influences that affect productivity, efficiency and organizational effectiveness through group work and case material. Case study group project, no final exam. The online course includes 3 synchronous webinars.

Instructors: Heather PollexLisa GulesserianPaul Maher

HRM 898 Compensation (3 Units)

Understand the process, issues and techniques involved in developing and administering a compensation system. Proctored Final Exam.

Instructors: Andrea VearncombeKimberly Easthope

PAY 201 Introduction to Payroll Management (3 Units)

Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM) prepares professionals to manage a payroll department by introducing them to core management subjects most applicable to managing a payroll department. Based on market research, the course provides the management content and tools required to be a successful manager, such as decision making and project management. It builds on the foundation of a Payroll Compliance Practitioner’s experience, knowledge and application of legislative monitoring and effective communication of payroll programs and policies.

Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification and 2 years Payroll experience

PAY 202 Applied Payroll Management+ (3 Units)

Applied Payroll Management (APM) provides professionals with the opportunity to apply relevant management processes in a payroll department context. Benchmarking, best practices development and human resources skills - such as monitoring, motivating, assessing and supervising personnel - are utilized to enable the payroll professional to achieve organizational and career goals.

Prerequisite: PAY 201 Introduction to Payroll Management

Elective Courses - Canadian Payroll Management Certificate

ACC 928 Introductory Management Accounting (3 Units)

Study managerial and cost accounting issues as a framework for approaching contemporary cost problems.

Basic knowledge of Excel recommended.

Prerequisite: Introductory Financial Accounting or equivalent
Instructors: Michael MichalskiNancy Martini

HRM 817 Business Finance & Accounting (3 Units)

Become familiar with the concepts, language and uses of financial and management accounting in business, including statements, budgets and profit planning. No final exam, individual assignments. The online course includes 3 synchronous webinars. Antirequisite: BUS 860 *ACC 829 – Preparatory Mathematics is recommended as a pre-requisite to this course.

Instructors: Sally RamsammyHelen Montoux