Accounting and Payroll Administration Diploma

Trillium College’s Accounting and Payroll Administration (APA) diploma program gives you knowledge of accounting principles and bookkeeping practices specific to the Canadian marketplace. You will receive hands-on training in manual and computerised accounting systems and industry bookkeeping software.

Trillium College’s APA program prepares graduates to qualify as a nationally recognised Payroll Compliance Practitioner* (PCP) with the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). Payroll students who finish the academic requirements, but have not yet obtained the work experience requirement are referred to as “PCP Candidates”. PCP Candidates are skilled in payroll knowledge yet still need practical hands-on experience. Employers value PCP Candidates for many entry-level payroll positions. A PCP candidate information card can be obtained from the CPA website and used to assist with your job search. Visit the Canadian Payroll Association website for details.

* This designation is obtained as per guidelines prescribed by the CPA.

Areas of Focus

This academic accounting and payroll program covers information in the following subject areas:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Payroll Fundamentals
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Compliance
  • Computerized Accounting
  • Word Processing and Spreadsheets
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication Skills

Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of Trillium College’s Accounting and Payroll Administration program, you may find employment in a range of accounting, payroll and bookkeeping positions. Our program prepares you to qualify as a Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) member. A CPA membership opens up job opportunities at banks and other financial institutions; the government; small businesses; and at tax preparation, public accounting, and financial planning firms.


According to, you can earn a median salary of $20/hr as a Payroll Clerk (NOC 1431/1432).

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or mature student status (18 years of age)

Additional Information

Career Options

  • Accounting clerk
  • Administrative assistant
  • Banking clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget planner
  • Office manager
  • Payroll administrator

Job Options

  • Accounting firms
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting and service businesses
  • Financial planning firms
  • Government programs
  • Insurance Industry
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Municipal and provincial governments
  • Retail businesses
  • Small businesses
  • Tax preparation companies

Program Availability

St. Catharines
Oshawa Starts
January 2017
April 2017
June 2017
October 2017
St. Catharines Starts
January 2017
March 2017
April 2017
June 2017
October 2017
Kingston Starts

Subject to change.
Contact a Career Coach for details.