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Main Programs and Courses Business Programs Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner

Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner

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Get professional training in accounting and payroll administration with Vancouver Career College’s Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner certificate program.

The program, which can be taken on either a full-or-part-time basis, is the right way to get a competitive advantage over your peers in the accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll fields.

In the program, you’ll pick up a working knowledge of best practices on accounting software, including Simply Accounting, QuickBooks Pro, and Sage 50 Accounting. You’ll also learn about payroll compliance legislation, key aspects of running a company payroll, the Canadian Income Tax Act, and effective income tax return preparation, in addition to sharpening your general office administration skills.

After receiving your Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner certificate, you’ll be eligible to access the National Payroll Institute 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**.
  • Minimum one year’s employment in a computerized office environment, or relevant education (transcript required).

*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 33 weeks in length if taken part-time.

This program is 20 weeks in length.
  • Accounting Clerk   
  • Accounts Payable Clerk   
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk   
  • Audit Clerk   
  • Tax Return Preparer   
  • Benefits Officer   
  • Payroll Officer   
  • Bank Clerk   
  • Bank Teller

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Program Courses
BF1O / Bookkeeping & Financial Accounting Level I
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of accounting as a device for reporting business activity. It provides the student with an understanding of the underlying theory and principles of accounting. The construction of financial statements as they evolve from business transactions and records is emphasized using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements.
CAA4 / Computerized Accounting with Sage 50 Level I
Students transfer their knowledge from Accounting Fundamentals and learn how to apply these concepts in a computerized environment using Sage 50. Some topics covered in this module include setting up a computerized accounting system, computerized journals and ledgers, income statements and balance sheets, as well as customer accounts.
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.
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.
ITFO / Income Tax Fundamentals
This course is designed to follow the general structure of the Canadian Income Tax Act for individual taxpayers. This introductory course presents in-depth coverage of the information needed to prepare a majority of individual income tax returns for residents of Canada. The course will cover major income categories, applicable tax rules to calculate net income, allowable deductions for tax payers and calculation of tax payable for individuals. The course will also determine who is subject to tax in Canada and the basis on which Canada levies income tax. Advance tax topics are covered briefly in this course to create an awareness of subject matter. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to prepare a basic individual tax return by calculating net income, taxable income and tax payable.
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