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Program Description

The National Payroll Institute, formerly The Canadian Payroll Association, offers the only payroll certifications in Canada: the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM). These programs prepare payroll practitioners to manage the compliance requirements of an organization's annual payroll cycle, deliver clear and reliable payroll information, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and payroll discussions.

The Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification builds on the PCP compliance knowledge by preparing seasoned professionals to manage a payroll department. It provides you with the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions.

Students who wish to enroll in the CPM program must have completed their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation, submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and received approval from the National Payroll Institute. The Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application can be found on the website;, under Certification.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Maintaining Your Certification

All certified individuals must comply with the following three requirements in order to maintain certification with the National Payroll Institute.

  1. Maintain a membership with the National Payroll Institute through a Professional Membership or through the Organization Membership of their employer.
  2. Adhere to their Code of Professional Conduct.
  3. Meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements.

For more information on the CPM certification, and registration, visit

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

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