Payroll Administrator

This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform payroll administrative responsibilities in the payroll department and to apply payroll legislation. Students become familiar with basic payroll practices and procedures and are eligible to apply to the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) for Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification after having acquired one year of payroll experience. In addition to accounting and payroll expertise, students gain skills and experience in word processing, spreadsheet applications, telephone communication skills, and performing a job search.

Program Type




Expected Wage Range

$40k – $64k
(Payroll Canada)

AOLCC’s Integrated Learning System™

All courses in our programs are delivered through our unique Integrated Learning System™ (ILS). Through ILS, you will develop a true proficiency in each topic, no matter your age or skill level upon enrolment. Our learning coaches are with you every step of the way to provide individualized assistance and encouragement in a supportive and non-competitive learning environment. Here’s how it works:

  • You only advance to the next course when you are confident that you have mastered one topic and are ready to move on to the next
  • You participate in hands-on exercises, tasks and practice exams that test your knowledge and give you confidence
Program Outcomes

Our program will prepare you to:

  • Ensure that employees are paid in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Prepare payroll-related reports and record, maintain and update payroll procedures
  • Authorize routine payments, credits, deposits and withdrawals
  • Ensure compliance with federal and local regulations
  • Maintain employee records for new hires, pay changes and terminations
  • Apply essential accounting tools in the workplace and producing financial reports
Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you may find yourself working as a/an:

  • Benefits Officer
  • Pay and Benefits Administrator/Clerk
  • Salary Administration Officer
  • Pay Advisor/Clerk
  • Payroll Officer/Clerk
  • And more!
Economic Outlook

Payroll Administrators will continue will to enjoy a steady rate of opportunities for those with accounting and payroll-related skills. Over 70% of jobs will be created to replace retiring workers, giving new employees opportunities to advance to intermediate or supervisory roles.


Operating Systems
Basic level of proficiency in a Windows operating system

Word Processing
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word

Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Office Skills
Basic Bookkeeping Level 1

Help Desk & Call Centre
Telephone Communication Skills

Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals Level 1 and Level 2, and Sage 50 Premium Accounting

Job Readiness/Employability Skills
Job Search and Résumé Writing

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