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Payroll & Income Tax Practitioner

CDI College’s Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner certificate program will provide you with the tools you need to stand out in the competitive job market. In this program, you’ll go beyond the basics, improving your accounting skills using accounting software and learning how to prepare and file income tax returns for clients while gaining a firm grasp on the Income Tax Act.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce, with a strong foundation in accounting, computerized accounting systems, income tax preparation, running payroll and meeting compliance through annual payroll cycles, and the office administration skills needed to work in a modern workplace.

Additionally, the Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner program fulfills every core and elective course credit requirement for the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Payroll Management Program (CPMP) at the level of Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP).

This means you’ve advanced beyond basic accounting principles and you’ll have the chance to practice your skills in industry-standard software applications. CPA requires a Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) and a passing program grade of 65% for certification, including a transfer credit of Introduction to Accounting. For more information on CPA requirements, visit www.payroll.ca.

 
Admissions Requirements
 
  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college’s admissions test.
  • Minimum one year’s employment in a computerized office environment, or relevant education (transcript required).

Program Courses

ITFO - Income Tax Fundementals
This course is designed to follow the general structure of the Canadian Income Tax Act for individual taxpayers. This introductory course presents in-depth coverage of the information needed to prepare a majority of individual income tax returns for residents of Canada. The course will cover major income categories, applicable tax rules to calculate net income, allowable deductions for tax payers and calculation of tax payable for individuals. The course will also determine who is subject to tax in Canada and the basis on which Canada levies income tax. Advance tax topics are covered briefly in this course to create an awareness of subject matter.
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.
P1304 - Payroll Fundamentals II
By the end of Payroll Fundamentals II, students will be able to: calculate organizational remittances to federal, provincial, and third party stakeholders; prepare accounting documentation for payroll; complete year-end documentation; and communicate all aspects of organizational remittances, accounting, and year-end requirements to various stakeholders.
P1204 - Payroll Fundamentals I
Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals I, students will be able to: calculate regular individual net pay; calculate non-regular individual pay; calculate termination payments; complete a Record of Employment (ROE); and communicate all aspects of individual pay requirements to various stakeholders.
P1104 - Payroll Compliance Legislation
By the end of this course, students will be able to: describe payroll’s objectives and stakeholders; identify an employer/employee relationship; apply federal and provincial legislation to payroll including: The Canada Pension Plan, The Employment Insurance Act, The Income Tax Act, Employment Standards legislation, Worker’s Compensation Acts and Quebec-specific legislation; and communicate the payroll compliance requirements to various stakeholders.
CAA4 - Computerized Accounting I
Students transfer their knowledge from Accounting Fundamentals to 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.
BF1O - Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting I - Level 1
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of accounting as a device for reporting business activity. It provides the student with an understanding of the underlying theory and principles of accounting. The construction of financial statements as they evolve from business transactions and records is emphasized using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements. Students will have a clear grasp on the introduction to accounting; financial statements and accounting transactions; analyzing and recording transactions; adjusting accounts for financial statements; and completing the accounting cycle and classifying accounts.