Accounting & Payroll Administrator Program

Accounting & Payroll Administrators work as Accounting Clerks, Accounts Payable Clerks, Bookkeeping Clerks and Tax Clerks in Finance and Accounting departments for companies of all sizes in a variety of industries.  Graduates of this program will be able to find employment in the private sector, public sector and non-profit organizations.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • calgary
  • edmonton
  • online

Program Overview

Robertson College's Accounting & Payroll Administrator program in Winnipeg is designed to give you a basic understanding of office procedures, bookkeeping, Sage and Quickbooks computerized accounting, corporate and financial accounting, and payroll administration.

  • Be introduced to the basic concepts of corporate accounting including analyzing corporate financial statements, accounting for property, plant and equipment and current liabilities
  • Gain an understanding of financial accounting principles, practices and their underlying theories according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Learn manual bookkeeping fundamentals for small business including how to prepare journals, postings, ledgers, trial balance and basic payroll
  • Learn payroll-related legislation and payroll fundamentals which meets the academic requirements of the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification with The Canadian Payroll Association
  • Transition the concepts of manual bookkeeping to a computerized accounting environment (Sage 50 and Quickbooks will be covered)
  • Gain basic knowledge of office procedures and develop strong business communication and customer service skills
  • Learn proper typing techniques and improve your keyboarding speed and accuracy
  • Learn to use and navigate around office software such as Microsoft Word and Excel

Graduates of this program will receive diplomas in Accounting & Payroll Administrator, Accounting Technician, and Administrative Office Assistant.

The Accounting & Payroll Administrator program at Robertson College Winnipeg is recognized by The Canadian Payroll Association.


Accounting & Payroll Admisinstrator Program Practicum

Valuable workplace experience is gained during the compulsory 4-week full-time practicum where you will work alongside industry professionals.

Topics of Study Include:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Career Preparation - 40 hours

    In this course, students will be introduced to strategies for a successful job search, interview and career management.

  • 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 50 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 Canadian Payroll Association.

  • 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 Canadian Payroll Association.

  • 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 Canadian Payroll Association.

  • 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.

what you could be earning in less than one year$33,326 - $56,883wage data taken from: jobbank.gc.ca
program duration48 Weeks
  • Meet the academic requirements for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification with The Canadian Payroll Association
  • Benefit from hands-on learning in a small-class environment
  • Learn from industry instructors who bring real-life experience and insight into the classroom
  • Multiple intakes throughout the year
  • Lifetime career services to help you conduct a thorough job search and connect with employers in the Robertson College Employer Network
  • Financial assistance is available to those who qualify

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

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