PART-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS PAYCP-NA Payroll Compliance Practitioner


If you're interested in starting a career in payroll or enhancing your current payroll knowledge, then the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) program is for you.

The program provides you with the compliance knowledge required to process an organization's annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders, and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll.

All students registered in a Payroll course must be registered with the CPA in order to be eligible for an access code and books. The registration form and complete payment must be received by the CPA at least two weeks before the course start date. Registrations can be completed online, faxed or emailed (available at under Certification>Registration).

Certification requirements:

Payroll Compliance Legislation    HUMR-1035

Payroll Fundamentals 1                HUMR-1036 (pre-requisite HUMR-1035

Payroll Fundamentals 2                HUMR-2037 (pre-requisite HUMR-1036)

Financial Accounting 1,  this course is taken outside of the required CPA courses, directly through a post-secondary institution and must be transferred into the student's CPA file.

Membership with the CPA

Once you complete all the educational requirements and are interested in pursuing your PCP certification, you must be a CPA member, either individually as a Professional member, or under the Organization membership of your employer. In addition, you are required to complete the Certification Declaration process. Membership in the CPA provides you with access to the CPA JobConnect site which lists available payroll positions across Canada.

Please let us share important payroll information.

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is implementing a one-year Payroll Experience (PE) requirement, effective January 1, 2015, for all Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) candidates. This requirement will enhance the quality of PCP graduates and demonstrate to employers that a PCP certification holder has both the education and experience competencies required to keep organizations compliant.

Effective January 1, 2015, students who have already completed the PCP education requirements, or are currently taking the PCP courses, will also have five (5) years (until January 1, 2020) to satisfy the PE requirement and apply for PCP Certification, if they have not already done so. 

For all current and prospective students who are taking a CPA PCP payroll course as part of a full-time program at a recognized college, university or private career college, the PE requirement will begin when the students complete the last payroll course (Payroll Fundamentals 2) of their full-time program. We recognize that full-time students have limited opportunities to gain payroll experience while studying full-time, and we have therefore factored that into the time frame for PE completion.

"Having an experience requirement is standard for professional membership organizations (e.g., accounting, human resources). Approximately 70% of our PCP candidates have already fulfilled the one-year PE requirement. This new requirement will improve the overall career prospects for individuals who want to be payroll professionals," said Steven Van Alstine, the CPA's Vice-President, Education.

In 2011, the CPA implemented an experience requirement for CPM candidates, which was very well-received by the business community, students and instructors. This current initiative aims to ensure continued improvement in recognizing the quality of the PCP certification holders. 

Find out more about this new requirement by visiting the PCP Payroll Experience Requirement area in the Certification section of the CPA's website at, where we will be continually updating details over the summer. Further details will also be available in CPA publications, including e-SourceTM and the September - October issue of DIALOGUE.

Please communicate this information to your current and prospective payroll students, and update any communications or materials about your program to reflect these changes. The CPA will also be contacting academic institutions in fall 2014 to update them on the status of the implementation of the PE Requirement.


Steven Van Alstine, CPM, CAE
Vice-President, Education
Canadian Payroll Association

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