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Main Programs and Courses Business Programs Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator

Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator

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The Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator Diploma Program equips students with the tools necessary to meet the demands of the current job market by combining accounting and payroll skills with human resources and benefits skills. In any successful business, the most
valuable commodity is people. Individuals with skill in human resources are needed in every kind of business, across every area of specialization, as are accounting and payroll skills.

Students gain a competitive edge by fulfilling all of the core and elective course credit requirements for the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Payroll Management Program (CPMP) at the level of Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP). Students in this program
develop their skills in accounting to a higher degree, going beyond introductory principles and practicing their skills in accounting software applications.

Our Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator program prepares students to fulfill positions that also requires human resources assistants and officers so that they can help manage this essential asset. Upon graduation, students are prepared to begin a career to work in any
business environment requiring accounting, payroll and human resources skills.


200 Hours of Work Experience Placements


The program is divided into two components – human resources and payroll – so before you graduate, complete two five-week practicum placements in both an accounting and payroll environment and a human resources department.


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


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 52 weeks in length.
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Audit Clerk
  • Tax Return Preparer
  • Benefits Officer
  • Pay and Benefits Clerk
  • Payroll Officer
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Personnel Officer
  • Recruitment Specialist

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Program Courses
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies

Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters.

BC2W / Business Computer Applications

This course presents an introductory look at using a Windows environment computer and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).   
It covers the fundamentals of organizing files and folders, drafting business documents, creating presentations, and reporting data in spreadsheets. Students will have the opportunity to integrate their new skills in office communications tools in assignments related to their program of study. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis. 

EBW4 / Effective Business Writing
The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communications skills. The focus of this course is on learning writing techniques that ensure effective business communication.
P1104 / Payroll Compliance Legislation
By the end of this course, students will be able to: describe payrolls objectives and stakeholders; identify an employer/employee relationship; apply federal and provincial legislation to payroll including: The Canada Pension Plan, The Employment Insurance Act, The Income Tax Act, Employment Standards legislation, Workers Compensation Acts and Quebec-specific legislation; and communicate the payroll compliance requirements to various stakeholders.
P1204 / Payroll Fundamentals I
Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals I, students will be able to: calculate regular individual net pay; calculate nonregular individual pay; calculate termination payments; complete a Record of Employment (ROE); and communicate all aspects of individual pay requirements to various stakeholders.
P1304 / Payroll Fundamentals II
By the end of Payroll Fundamentals II, students will be able to: calculate organizational remittances to federal, provincial and third party stakeholders; prepare accounting documentation for payroll; complete year enddocumentation; and communicate all aspects of organizational remittances, accounting and year end requirements to various stakeholders.
HRPC100 / HRPC Practicum I - Accounting and Payroll

This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work paces related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five weeks in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.

B1075R / Customer Relations and Interpersonal Skills
In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies and role-playing. Students will learn relevant theories of human behavior and how they may be applied to improve customer relations.
HRE4 / Human Resources
Employees are the most valuable asset of a business and all aspects from hiring to performance appraisal are examined utilizing the case study approach.
H1004 / Organizational Behaviour
In this module, students will be introduced to the concepts of individual and group behaviour, the challenges of the workplace environment, how to manage groups and teams, how to maximize efficiency in the workplace, and how to manage change.
H1304 / Staffing
This module will deal with the role of the Human Resources department in attracting and retaining quality staff. The hiring process will be discussed in detail and the student will learn how to manage excess or shortage of staff.
H1404 / Compensation and Benefits
This module provides students with a background in developing and administering a compensation program. Students will learn how to choose an effective compensation program, how to understand the impact of the compensation program on staff, and how to affect change in the compensation structure.
H1504 / Training and Development
This module helps students understand the role and importance of training and development within an organization. Skills taught include needs analyses, designing a training program, conducting performance appraisals, and working within an existing training and development framework to maximize staff training potential.
H1704 / Employment Legislation
This module gives student a background in the Employment Standards Act and Human Rights legislation.
BC-H1800 / Privacy and Confidentiality

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the contemporary Canadian workplace with regards to organizational obligations around the use, collection and disclosure of personal information. This module will provide the student with an overview of the applicable privacy and confidentiality legislation with a focus on how it applies to a Human Resources department. Students will gain an insight into the various acts and legislation that govern privacy and confidentiality at both a provincial and federal level.

HRPC200 / HRPC Practicum II - Human Resources

This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work paces related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five weeks in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.

CES4 / Career and Employment Strategies

This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course or its equivalent. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identifyemployment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the work place and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students may be videotaped during a mock interview and will participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.

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