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Accounting & Payroll Administration

The Accounting and Payroll Administration diploma program equips students with the tools necessary to meet demands of the current job market. Students in this program will develop their skills in accounting beyond introductory principles. They will also practice their skills in accounting software applications.

The aim of this program is to provide students a combination of office administration skills with a practical foundation in accounting, computerized accounting systems, and payroll. In addition to accounting fundamentals, graduates will be able to: perform payroll practices covering an annual payroll cycle; effectively communicate payroll issues to all stakeholders; and understand the accounting function as it relates to the payroll practice. Students are prepared to enter the employment market upon graduation after a practicum that gives them on-the-job experience.

Program Courses

SSS4 - Student Success Strategies
Emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from day one, and developing the non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success.
PRL1 - Payroll Basics
By the end of this course, students will understand the compulsory aspects of payroll and its objectives. They will know the difference between independent/self-employed compared to business employer/employee relationships based on CRA guidelines. Major emphasis will be placed on the mandatory aspects of payroll such as calculating statutory deductions for federal and provincial governments. Students will understand the role of government agencies (CRA, Service Canada, and ESDC) that control payroll rules and regulations governing all stakeholders.
PRL2 - Payroll Processing
By the end of this course, students will be able to interpret their own pay stub. They will be able to accurately calculate normal/regular payroll cycles. They will understand different aspects of income and statutory requirements pertaining to areas such as earnings, benefits, allowances, and expense reimbursements. Students will be able to calculate statutory and non-statutory deductions, and they will be able to accurately process special payments including bonuses, retroactive pay, vacation pay, director fees, and employment termination amounts. Exposure to ROE (Record of Employment) will be provided.
PRL3 - Payroll Remittance and Reporting
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to calculate and know the deadlines and procedures associated with remitting statutory deductions to CRA and RQ (Quebec Provincial Ministry). They will understand the repercussions of not submitting remittances, or of submitting late remittances. Students will learn provincial requirements of payroll tax levies, and they will receive exposure to nongovernment (unions, private pensions, garnishments and WCB calculations) deduction amounts. A detailed exposure will be given to T4/T4A, RL-1, and other annual required reports. At the end of the course, students will understand the accounting aspects of payroll, its remittances, and payroll accruals.
HRE4 - Human Resources
Employees are the most valuable asset of a business. All aspects from hiring to performance appraisal are examined utilizing the case study approach.
AFB4 - Accounting Fundamentals II
Students focus on the following topics: special journal and subsidiary ledger systems, cash control and banking, completing accounting cycle for merchandising company and preparing year-end financial statements. By the end of this course, students will have an in-depth knowledge of the complete accounting cycle including the flow of funds in an organization.
AFA4 - Accounting Fundamentals I
This module is intended to provide students with a general background of the fundamentals of accounting as a means to understand the daily transaction procedures that exist in business. Students are introduced to double entry bookkeeping including debits and credits, assets, liabilities, equities, journalizing transactions, posting of accounts to ledgers and preparing a trial balance. Students are also introduced to financial statements and to adjusting and closing accounts.
CAA4/CAB4 - Computerized Accounting I and II
Students transfer their knowledge from Accounting Fundamentals and learn how to apply these concepts in a computerized environment using Simply Accounting. Some topics covered in this module include setting up a computerized accounting system, computerized journals and ledgers, income statements and balance sheets, as well as customer accounts.
EOS4 - Executive Office Simulations
This course helps prepare students for the real world of office work. It provides a simulated office environment where students can practice the skills learned in previous courses.
EBW4 - Effective Business Writing
Following the completion of this course, students will be able to: describe business communications in today’s workplace; communicate in teams using listening, nonverbal and meeting skills; plan, write and review various types of business messages; communicate effectively using memos, email, letters and instant messages; create business reports and proposals; plan, write and deliver oral presentations.
PSK4 - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for dealing effectively with both customers and colleagues in the business world. Using a variety of instructional methods including role-plays, case studies, group exercises, simulated situations, and discussions, students learn and practice customer service and interpersonal skills necessary for success in today’s business environment.
MSP4 - Microsoft PowerPoint
This course introduces the students to presentation development and design with Microsoft PowerPoint. Relying heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint where students learn about common views, features, tools and the environment of PowerPoint. The course then focuses on core processes of development and design of robust PowerPoint presentations and enhancing the presentations with the rich media tools offered by PowerPoint. Students will learn to use the PowerPoint templates, outlines and themes to design presentations.
MSA4 - Microsoft Access
This course introduces the students to relational databases with Microsoft Access. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft Access and databases in general. Students will learn the fundamental features of relational database and how databases are used to store related information and query the information. After learning how to create and modify a database and work with records, students will learn to sort data and filter to a database. Students will then explore the different ways to query a database and extract the information based on different criteria. Subsequent to working with multi-table databases, students will then learn to work with different types of functions to manipulate data, forms to input data into a database and reports to display data.
MSE4 - Microsoft Excel
Relying heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training and assessments in Microsoft Excel. The course starts with an overview of spreadsheets and how to use the common features and functions of Microsoft Excel. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Excel where students learn how to enter and format data and use the various functions and formulas to manage and manipulate data. The course continues with more advanced topics such as performing quantitative analysis with logical, lookup and various mathematical and financial functions. Depicting data visually is an important feature of Excel. Students will learn how to work with charts in Excel to produce a variety of different charts based on data housed in a spreadsheet. Finally students will learn to handle large volumes of data with datasets and tables.
MSW4 - Microsoft Word
This course introduces the students to word processing with Microsoft Word. Relying heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training and assessments. Learners will focus on the core features of Microsoft Word such as proper document formatting, organization and editing using the tools and features of the ribbon. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as working with tables, lists, objects, templates footnotes and endnotes and mail merges. Students will explore the collaboration features that allow users to share and collaborate on documents through the use of track changes, sharing and reviewing.
MOT4 - Microsoft Outlook
This course presents the MS Outlook application interface, tools, and features. You will l earn about the fundamentals of an e-mail application, scheduling, calendars, contact lists, creating, forwarding and managing messages. This course relies heavily upon hands-on practical activities that allow you to learn concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
CES4 - Career and Employment Strategies
In addition to learning career-oriented skills, students at CDI College also learn how to prepare themselves for successfully acquiring a job in their chosen profession. This course will assist students in planning, preparation, and job search execution. Students will prepare personal marketing collateral and will practice a variety of interviewing techniques.
PRAC100 - Practicum
Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee in order to gain the valuable real world experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.