Payroll Specialist Graduate Program

Learn via live instructor-led virtual lectures completely online.

Trillium College’s Payroll Specialist graduate diploma program is perfect for anyone that already possesses a post-secondary diploma or degree or for someone that is working in the field and would like to specialize in payroll to apply for a new position at work.  The specialization provides focus on accounting principles and practices specific to the Canadian marketplace. Upon completion, you will be prepared to become a nationally recognized Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) with the National Payroll Institute.

Areas of Focus

This program covers information in the following subject areas:

  • Essentials of accounting and different forms of business organizations
  • Accounting for merchandising 
  • An understanding about the various government agencies and legislation that impact payroll, both from an employer and an employee’s standpoint
  • How to produce payroll at an employee level, keeping in compliance with legislation
  • Calculate and report government and third party remittances, year-end requirements and accounting for payroll at the compliance level for the organization

Employment Opportunities

Main Duties

  • Maintain records of employee attendance, leave and overtime to calculate pay and benefit entitlements, in Canadian and other currencies, using manual or computerized systems
  • Prepare and verify statements of earnings for employees, indicating gross and net salaries and deductions such as taxes, union dues, garnishments and insurance and pension plans
  • Prepare employee payments and benefit payments by cheque or electronic transfer
  • Complete, verify and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, leaves, share savings, employment and medical insurance
  • Prepare T4 statements and other statements
  • Provide information to employees on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement provisions
  • Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts
  • Prepare and balance period-end reports and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements


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Admission Requirements

  • Diploma or Degree 

*Program temporarily being offered via online delivery as approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges.

Starting January 1st, 2022 – This Program will be Available for Daytime and Evening Classes to Accommodate Busy Schedules.

Additional Information

Career Options

  • pay advisor
  • pay and benefits clerk
  • pay clerk
  • payroll clerk
  • payroll officer
  • salary administration officer

Employer Options

  • Corporations
  • Municipal government
  • Small business
  • Freelance