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Maximize your earning potential.

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

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CPA Payroll Compliance Practitioner official full colour logo                   CPA Certified Payroll Manager official full colour logo

Learn how your McMaster courses can be used towards certification!

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has been representing employers’ payroll interests since 1978. As the source of payroll education and advocacy, the CPA delivers professional certification courses, professional development seminars, and products and services that enable payroll practitioners to enhance operations, comply with legislative requirements and utilize emerging technologies. 

McMaster University’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate and Canadian Payroll Management Certificate, offered in affiliation with the Canadian Payroll Association, provide learners with the opportunity to receive McMaster University certificate, while working towards certification!  A Two-In-One credential!

Payroll Certification

Gain a competitive edge on your own terms! Whether from home or in class, our one-of-a-kind certification programs give you the knowledge and skills employers demand. Recruiters confirm certification demonstrates your payroll expertise and can increase your earning power!

Why Get Certified?
Increase your influence and earning potential! Employers nationwide are looking for certified payroll professionals when hiring and promoting.

Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

Qualified payroll professionals are in demand and PCP certification is the foundation. Understand legislation, keep your organization compliant, and leverage the resources and support of a community of over 43,000 members nationwide.
Start today! 

Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

Aspire to manage? CPM certification extends your reach and elevates your career. You’ll gain comprehensive payroll compliance knowledge and management skills that will enhance your job prospects and drive career success.
Find out how!

Learn more about why a career in Payroll might be right for you!


Download the Payroll Compliance Practitioner Brochure (PDF)

CPA Payroll Compliance Practitioner Brochure


Download the Certified Payroll Manager Brochure (PDF)

CPA Certified Payroll Manager Brochure