Accounting & Payroll Specialist 

Diploma Program Length: 45 Weeks
37 weeks Classroom, 8 weeks Internship


The Accounting & Payroll Specialist program provides students with a well-rounded exposure to the professional business environment, which will help them develop general proficiencies appropriate for a wide range of careers. Graduates will learn the essential skills needed to thrive in a business environment.

In general, graduates will be able to apply widely accepted accounting principles to the business affairs of an organization. They will also apply their skills in using manual accounting as well as computerized accounting systems. Keeping compliant with government legislation, graduates will also be able to prepare accounting documentation as it relates to the payroll cycle and communicate payroll issues to various stakeholders in an organization.
Students receive:
  • Associate Membership in the Canadian Payroll Association
  • Successful graduates of this program will be eligible for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification issued by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
  • Training on the latest software applications required by employers
  • Career Services assistance
  • Free Microsoft Office Professional Suite
  • 8 week internship! 


The Accounting & Payroll Specialist program will qualify graduates to pursue positions such as Payroll Specialist, Accounts Payable Clerk Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounting Assistant and Office Manager. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

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There are more than 1.1 million employer businesses in Canada. Of that number, 98 per cent are small businesses.
"16 Facts About Small Businesses in Canada -Lendified." Lendified. N.p., 09 Mar. 2016.

  • BKC Accounting & Tax Preparation
  • First Ontario Credit Union
  • CIBC
  • Trillium Bookkeeping Services
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • ACI Tax Services
  • London Tax & Accounting
  • and many more


Average Wage ($/hr)  - $20.85
High Wage ($/hr)        - $30.00



Successful graduates of this program will meet the educational requirement of achieving the appropriate passing grades (a minimum of 65% overall, and earn at least 65% on each of the final exams in Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals I and Payroll Fundamentals II) to be eligible for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification issued by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). In addition, to receive full certification, all PCP candidates must obtain or maintain CPA membership either through an individual membership (a 1-year individual Associate Membership is included in this triOS program), or through a company that has a Business membership. Further, the CPA requires you to have 1 year of experience (within 5 years after the start of the Payroll Compliance Legislation course) in which your job role involves "paying employees accurately and on time, in compliance with legislative requirements, contributing to the full annual payroll cycle", and to complete the online Certification Declaration. The PCP designation is nationally recognized as the standard of excellence for payroll training.


High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement assessment passed). In addition, an entrance assessment must be successfully passed.

NOC CODE: 1432


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