Accounting & Payroll Administration Diploma Program

This program is available at the new Sudbury Campus

Trillium College’s Accounting & 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 computerized 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). Students who finish the academic requirements, but have not yet obtained the work experience requirement are referred to as “PCP Candidates”. In order to become properly certified, a Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) must be filled out. PCP Candidates are skilled yet still need practical hands-on experience. Employers value PCP Candidates for many entry-level positions. A PCP candidate information card can be obtained from the CPA website and used to assist with your job search. Please keep in mind that the CPA’S passing mark is a 65%.

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

Areas of Focus

This program covers information in the following subject areas:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Payroll Fundamentals and Compliance
  • Bookkeeping
  • Industry Standard Computer Software
  • Word Processing and Spreadsheets
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication Skills

Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you may find employment in a range of accounting and bookkeeping positions. Our program prepares you to qualify as a (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 $23.69/hr as a Payroll Clerk (NOC 1432).

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or passing score on the Wonderlic SLE entrance exam

Additional Information

Career Options

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

Employer 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