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Get the Skills to Become an Accounting and Payroll Administration Professional

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9 Month Accounting and Payroll Administration Program in the Greater Toronto Area

Accounting and Payroll Administration isn’t just dull number crunching as some people think, it can be the gateway into several important career avenues. If you’re looking to join the world of business or finance getting Accounting and Payroll Administration training can open doors for you to enter those sectors.

Another exciting aspect is that you could work in virtually any industry that interests you, as almost all businesses need Accounting and Payroll professionals to maintain payroll. What’s more, Accounting and Payroll professionals will always be in demand despite fluctuating markets. If you are precise and good with numbers, consider training to join this rewarding profession.

Flexible Program Options

If you’re interested in starting a rewarding new career, but you can’t put your entire life on hold to pursue it, you’re in the right place. At Oxford College, we offer flexible class schedules including Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Weekend sessions. We also offer flexible learning options (Online, Hybrid and In-person) for many of our programs.

For more information about Oxford College’s flexible program options, inquire today!

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Accounting and Payroll Administration Program

Accounting and Payroll Administration

9-Month Diploma | $46,800 median annual salary***

  • Graduates hired by public firms, small businesses & banks
  • Three core program modules are licensed by the National Payroll Institute (CPA)
  • Advance into Staff Accounting, Financial Auditing, Office Management, and much more!

** visited on April 5, 2024. Salary source for accounting clerks in Ontario with lowest 10% earning $33,280 to the highest 10% of workers earning $72,800.

Become Qualified in Accounting and Payroll Administration

Throughout this program, which is affiliated with the National Payroll Institute, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to manage an organization’s compliance requirements. When you complete the course, you may choose to get certified. If you get certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

During the Accounting and Payroll Administration program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Keep financial records and establish, maintain, and balance various accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems
  • Post journal entries and reconcile accounts, prepare trial balance of books, maintain general ledgers, and prepare financial statements
  • Calculate and prepare cheques for payrolls and for utility, tax, and other bills
  • Complete and submit tax remittance forms, workers’ compensation forms, pension contribution forms, and other government documents
  • Prepare tax returns and perform other personal bookkeeping services
  • Prepare other statistical, financial, and accounting reports
  • Prepare employee payroll and government payroll filing

Is a Career in Accounting and Payroll Administration Right for You? Take the Oxford College 'Accounting and Payroll Administration Career Training Readiness Quiz'

This fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Accounting and Payroll Career Training Readiness score now!

Your Path to Becoming a Payroll Compliance Professional (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 (PCL)
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1) – Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2) – 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 (WERA) (a minimum of one year weighted Canadian payroll work experience)

All PCP courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer credit course, require a passing grade of 65%.

For more information visit, or email the Professional Accreditation Department at

National Payroll Institute Membership

Three of the core modules of the APA program are licensed by the National Payroll Institute (CPA). The CPA offers the only payroll certifications in Canada. Earning the CPA’s Payroll Compliance Professional (PCP) certification shows that you meet the high professional standards of the CPA, which employers look for. Gaining this certification shows you are capable and competent, and it can open employment opportunities to you.

Countless Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Upon completion of the program, you may find employment as:

  • Payroll Administrator
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Analyst

If you have a go-getter attitude coupled with some experience, you could even open your own business.

Career Services

After your training, we won’t leave you hanging. Career Services is here to help you throughout your entire career training journey and afterwards, too. From organizing placements at prominent companies to helping you with your resume, cover letter, and interview tips, you’ll feel confident that you’re putting your best foot forward when it comes time for you to enter into the profession. What’s more, you can access our services after graduation if you need help with the employment hunt. Because when you become a student at Oxford College, you join the Oxford family for life!

Financial Aid

Many people need extra financial assistance to attend school. At Oxford, we believe that finances should not be a barrier for anyone seeking higher education. That’s why we have many funding programs in place, including OSAP, Second Career, and private student loans, to name a few. We will also work with you to set up manageable monthly payment plans for you. Sit down with a financial aid advisor, and they’ll help to assess your situation and create a funding plan that works for you.

Is a Rewarding Career in Accounting and Payroll Administration Right For You? Get More Info…

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