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Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification

Available at: Kingston part-time


The Canadian Payroll Association’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification is the foundation for a career in payroll.  Gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle.  When you get certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

PCP certification requires three core courses, one transfer of credit and one year of weighted, related work experience.

The requirements in completion order are:

1.Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL)

2.Payroll Fundamentals 1(PF1)

3.Payroll Fundamentals 2(PF2)

4.Introduction to Accounting (transfer of credit; offered at post-secondary institutions)

5.PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) (a minimum of one year work experience in payroll)

All courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit, require a passing grade of 65% in order to be accepted toward PCP certification.

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Once you have registered and paid St. Lawrence College for a course you must then register with the Canadian Payroll Association and pay the CPA their fee to access the course materials. Register with CPA.

For more information, visit or e-mail the Certification department at


Program Name

Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification

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Start Dates

Program Duration

Location (Campus)

Kingston part-time

Canadian Fees

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2020-21

Required Courses
ACCT 14 Payroll Compliance Legislation
ACCT 18 Payroll Fundamentals 1
ACCT 19 Payroll Fundamentals 2

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements


    Health Requirements


    With experienced faculty who are very knowledgeable in their field and a very well organized program, Medical Laboratory Science at  St. Lawrence College has done an outstanding job at preparing me for the national certification exam and to be able to work right away upon completion of the program.

    Class of 2014

    Satoru Watanabe

    Program Contact

    Debbie Baker

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    Additional Information

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