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Accounting & Payroll Administrator

Become an Accounting Professional


Gain a practical foundation in computerized accounting systems and payroll in Vancouver Career College’s Accounting and Payroll Administrator diploma program.


In less than a year, you will gain the skills you need to successfully complete a payroll cycle, construct financial statements, prepare year-end documentation, and more.


Upon graduating, find employment as an accounts receivable clerk, audit clerk, payroll officer, tax return preparer, and more.


Accounting & Payroll Courses


In the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the business accounting cycle, general accounting, and payroll fundamentals. The program also covers specific accounting topics, including payroll compliance legislation, the Employment Insurance Act, the Canada Pension Plan, and the Income Tax Act.


Take bookkeeping courses, accounting courses, and payroll courses during this 41-week program, and become familiar with industry-standard programs such as QuickBooks Pro and Sage 50 Accounting.


Complete this program in class, by distance education, or through a combination of in class modules and distance training.


Continuing Education


This program includes three National Payroll Institute recognized courses.


All Accounting & Payroll Administrator graduates also meet the credit requirements in both core and elective courses for the National Payroll Institutes Payroll Compliance Practitioner Program 


Your Path to Becoming a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

The National Payroll Institute’s PCP designation is the foundation for a successful career in payroll.  The PCP courses will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you achieve the designation, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.


The PCP designation requires three core payroll courses, an Introduction to Accounting course transfer credit and one year of weighted payroll work experience:


  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1 – Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2 – Prerequisites: Payroll Compliance Legislation and Payroll Fundamentals 1
  4. Introduction to Accounting - must be completed at a post-secondary institution
  5. PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (a minimum of one year weighted payroll work experience)


All PCP courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer credit course, require a passing grade of 65%.


For more information visit www.payroll.ca, or email the Professional Certification Department at certification@payroll.ca


Admission Requirements

High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status**.

*From an English language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass college’s admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

This program is 41 weeks in length.
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Audit Clerk
  • Tax Return Preparer
  • Benefits Officer
  • Pay and Benefits Clerk
  • Pay Clerk
  • Payroll Officer
  • Bank Clerk
  • Bank Teller



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