Accounting & Payroll

Program Description

This program will prepare students for the workforce by equipping them with the skills necessary to administer payroll, and payroll software, and maintain manual or computerized accounting records. This program also prepares students to enter the workforce by providing them with the skills required to read and analyze journal entries and financial statements.


Throughout the program, you’ll delve into the core principles of accounting, learning the intricacies of financial transactions, recording, and reporting. Guided by experienced instructors, you’ll develop proficiency in using accounting software, analyzing financial statements, and ensuring accurate bookkeeping practices.

As the program progresses, you’ll specialize in payroll administration, becoming adept at handling complex payroll processes, tax regulations, and compliance requirements. With hands-on exercises and practical simulations, you’ll gain real-world experience in managing employee compensation, calculating deductions, and preparing accurate payroll records.

PTIB Approved

This program has been reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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54-Week Accounting & Payroll Administration


40 hours Essential Skills


40 hours Introduction to Accounting


40 hours Effective Business Writing

60 hours Income Tax Fundamentals


80 hours Advanced Income Tax Returns


80 hours Bookkeeping and Accounting I


60 hours Bookkeeping and Accounting II


80 hours Payroll Fundamentals


60 hours Payroll Compliance and Law


80 hours Accounting on Software I


60 hours Accounting on Software II


40 hours Database Management


60 hours Business Finance


80 hours Human Resources


20 hours Career and Employment Skills

400 hours Cooperative Work Experience


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1.  What kind of career opportunities can I pursue after completing this program?

Graduates of the program can pursue various roles, including bookkeeper, payroll administrator, accounting assistant, or financial clerk. The skills you acquire will enable you to work in accounting departments of businesses, accounting firms, nonprofit organizations, and other industries.

2. Will I gain practical experience during the program?

Yes, the program includes practical exercises, simulations, and hands-on projects to ensure you develop real-world skills. You'll have the opportunity to work with accounting software, analyze financial data, and process payroll transactions.

3. What are the benefits of completing the Accounting and Payroll Administration program?

Completing the program will give you a comprehensive understanding of accounting and payroll processes, making you a valuable asset to businesses seeking accurate financial management. You'll also have a competitive edge in the job market with specialized skills in accounting software and payroll administration.

4. Can I continue my education after completing this program?

Absolutely, completing this program could serve as a stepping stone to further education, such as pursuing a degree in accounting or business administration. It can also be an excellent foundation for professional development and continuing education in the field.

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