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School of Business

Accounting & Payroll Administrator Diploma Program

Providing you with a basic understanding of office procedures, bookkeeping, Sage and Quickbooks computerized accounting, corporate and financial accounting, and payroll administration.

Program Delivery

Online

Program Overview

Robertson College’s Accounting and Payroll Administrator program is designed to give you a basic understanding of office procedures, bookkeeping, Sage and Quickbooks computerized accounting, corporate, and financial accounting, and payroll administration.  This program is recognized by the National Payroll Institute and the curriculum meets the academic requirement needed to challenge the exam for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation.  

  • Be introduced to facets of corporate accounting, including corporate financial statements preparation and analysis, cash flow analysis and reporting, capital assets and liabilities
  • Develop an understanding of basic financial accounting principles and practices according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Learn bookkeeping basics and how to perform day-to-day financial transactions, including general journal entries, accounts payable and receivables and the operation of petty cash
  • Learn payroll-related legislation and payroll fundamentals (National Payroll Institute curriculum)
  • Transition the concepts of manual bookkeeping to a computerized accounting environment (Sage and Quickbooks will be covered)
  • Gain basic knowledge of office procedures and develop professional business skills necessary to communicate in a dynamic workplace
  • Learn proper typing techniques and improve your keyboarding accuracy
  • Learn to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

 

Students must meet a 65% passing grade for NPI courses to be eligible to challenge the exam for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation.

Program Delivery

Online Learning

  • Study on your own schedule with the option to attend live lectures throughout the week to connect with your instructor.
  • Remote learning doesn't mean you're doing it on your own! You will always have the support of your instructors and education team through video calls, discussion boards and more.
  • Brightspace helps you stay on track and hold you accountable while giving you flexibility.

Visit our Online Learning to learn more about this delivery format.

Program Details

Quick Facts

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Duration:

50 Weeks (12.5 Months)

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Practicum:

4 Weeks
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Admission Requirements

Our admissions agents can work with you to ensure you meet the program’s criteria. Need advice? A Student Admissions Advisor is here to support you.

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Accreditation

This program is recognized by The National Payroll Institute. The contents of this program meets the academic requirements needed to challenge the Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation exam.

National Payroll Institute
This program is recognized by The National Payroll Institute. The contents of this program meets the academic requirements needed to challenge the Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation exam.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in businesses of all sizes, across a variety of sectors.

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Payables / Receivables Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Tax Clerk
  • Payroll Analyst
You could be earning in less than a year
$34,674-$62,213

Lifetime Career Services

Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.

Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.

Learn more about Lifetime Career Services.

Next Start Dates

Online on your own time with 3 real-time optional sessions per week with your instructor.

September 19, 2022
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October 17, 2022
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New start dates are being released all the time. Contact us for more dates.

Topics of Study

Administrative Office Procedures - 20 Hours

This course introduces students to common office procedures. Topics such as human relations; organization structure and office layout; office technology; front-line reception; aspects of business communication specific to the office professional; and record keeping are covered.

Business Communications - 60 Hours

This course teaches students the essential skills for basic business writing and professional interaction.  This course also emphasizes the role technology plays in the work place to enhance communication.

Customer Service - 20 Hours

This course provides a foundation for customer service, and focuses on building life-long customer relationships through the development of positive customer care approaches.

Bookkeeping - 80 Hours

This course introduces basic bookkeeping practices and procedures. Students will gain experience with typical bookkeeping functions including recording journal entries, posting to ledgers, and preparing a variety of statements. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach to manual bookkeeping, and students will complete a variety of chapter exercises along with an ongoing case study.

Financial Accounting - 80 Hours

The aim of this accounting course is to familiarize students with basic accounting terms, basic accounting tools and preliminary accounting processes.

Quickbooks Accounting - 60 Hours

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student to one of the most commonly used accounting software. This course utilizes a diversity of companies, business situations and realistic source documents to simulate “real” accounting transactions.  Understanding how accounting software processes accounting transactions combined with the student’s knowledge of fundamental accounting principles will create competency of using QuickBooks in the workplace.

Sage Accounting - 60 Hours

This course is designed to introduce learners to the popular Sage 50 computerized accounting software that many small to medium sized businesses use today.

Payroll Compliance & Legislation - 80 Hours

This subject will provide students with the payroll-related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay.  Students who complete this course will know the payroll compliance responsibilities that affect organizations, be able to comprehend payroll legislation, and be able to effectively communicate these to all stakeholders. Payroll Compliance Legislation is offered through the National Payroll Institute.

Payroll Fundamentals 1 - 100 Hours

This subject provides students with both knowledge and practical application in applying payroll legislation and calculating individual pay; includes all components of individual pay from remuneration, through deductions, to net pay for both regular and non-regular situations. Students will have the content and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculations process to external and internal stakeholders. Payroll Fundamentals 1 is offered through the National Payroll Institute.

Payroll Fundamentals 2 - 80 Hours

This subject provides students with knowledge and skill to calculate and report government and third party remittances, year-end requirements and accounting for payroll at the compliance level for an organization.  Students will be able to effectively communicate these organizational processes and requirements to internal and external stakeholders. Payroll Fundamentals 2 is offered through the National Payroll Institute.

Introduction to Human Resources - 20 Hours

This course provides a general overview of the human resource functions that assist an organization deliver value through proper management of the employee life cycle.

Excel for Accounting - 20 Hours

This course teaches students to streamline repetitive tasks and display spreadsheet data in more visually effective ways using more of Excel’s built-in functions to perform complex calculations.  Students learn to create charts, use graphics and develop data management skills in an Excel spreadsheet.

Corporate Accounting - 60 Hours

The aim of this accounting course is to familiarize students with accounting terms, accounting tools and accounting processes for corporate accounting.

MS Office Applications - 80 Hours

This course will prepare students to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications. Elements include the ability to create and manipulate Word, Excel, or PowerPoint applications, modify the display of toolbars and other on-screen elements, use online help, and perform file management, editing, formatting and printing functions common to most Windows applications.

Keyboarding - 20 Hours

In this course, students will understand how to use a keyboard properly, and develop greater keyboarding speed and accuracy.

Career Preparation - 40 Hours

In the current competitive job search environment, it is essential for students to understand who they are, the skills they offer, what to expect from professional employment and what employers expect of them.  In this course, learners will be introduced to strategies for a successful job search, interview, and career management.

Learning Experience

Classes
Have the flexibility to live your life while going to school with our half-day classes. Our flexible start dates and small class sizes give you plenty of opportunities to learn when it’s best for you and gain the hands-on skills to succeed in any industry.

Industry-Leading Instructors
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.

Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.

How It Works

Getting Started

Our flexible start dates give you plenty of opportunities to plan for school and live your life around it.

Taking the Course

All Robertson Online courses are hosted on Brightspace, an online platform designed to give you everything you need to succeed in remote learning.

Entering the Workforce

Our programs set you up to adapt to industry changes and thrive in our modern digital workforce.

Visit the How It Works page to learn more about our online student experience. To learn more about how Brightspace gives you everything you need to succeed in your online courses, click here.

Financial Assistance and Funding

Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Work Experience Practicum

The practicum is an essential part of a learner’s program. It is both a graduation requirement and an extension of in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation. 

Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrollment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment, and is jointly-procured (where you work directly with our Workforce team to obtain a training-related placement).  Your active participation with our Workforce Team in the search for your practicum placement will enhance your career development skills, industry networking opportunities, and professional communication skills.

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 – Prerequisite: 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%.

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