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Accounting & Payroll Administrator

CDI College’s Accounting & Payroll Administrator diploma program provides you with a background in general accounting, payroll, and bookkeeping while placing significant emphasis on accounting software.

In the program, you’ll train on industry-standard accounting software applications, including the latest versions of Sage 50 Accounting and QuickBooks Pro, two of the most popular programs used by professional accountants and payroll practitioners every day.

To ensure your education is well-rounded, you’ll also get training in professional office administration duties, including sharpening your skills in the Microsoft Office Suite, with a focus on Excel, Word, and Outlook.

An added bonus from the Accounting & Payroll Administrator program is the classes meet the core and elective course credit requirements for the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Payroll Management Program (CPMP) at the level of Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP).

In order to challenge for the certification, you need to fulfill the CPA’s Work Experience Requirement (WERA), and have a passing program grade of at least 65%, which includes completing a transfer credit for Introduction to Accounting. Visit for more information on CPA requirements.

Every company relies on their accounting department to keep things running smoothly. With hands-on training in practicum placements, you will graduate with the practical skills and real-world experience employers are looking for.

Program Courses

PSKO - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
CESO - Career and Employment Strategies
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.
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.
PF2O - Payroll Fundamentals II
This is one of three compulsory courses for the CPA’s Certified Payroll Management Program. Students who complete this course will be able to calculate and report the government and third-party remittances, year-end requirements and accounting for payroll at the compliance level for the organization.
PF1O - Payroll Fundamentals I
This is one of three compulsory courses for the CPA’s Certified Payroll Management program. Students who complete this course will be able to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay. This includes all components of individual pay from remuneration, through deductions, to net pay for both regular and non-regular situations. In addition, students will be able to accurately complete Records of Employment.
PAYO - Payroll Compliance Legislation
This is one of three compulsory courses for the CPA’s Certified Payroll Management program. The course provides students with the payroll-related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay.
B1068O - Computerized Accounting III with QuickBooks
In this module, students continue to build their knowledge and skills in computerized accounting systems, learning QuickBooks, an easy-to-use and powerful system. Students will learn to set up a new QuickBooks company and manage customer accounts. Students also review and consolidate their understanding of Excel and Word by exporting QuickBooks data into these programs. QuickBooks payroll features are also covered.
SI2O - Computerized Accounting with Sage 50 - Level II
Accounting procedures in a computerized environment are examined using the Payroll, Inventory and Project modules of Sage 50.
SI1O - Computerized Accounting with Sage 50
Students will learn accounting procedures in a computerized environment using the General, Payables, Receivables, modules of Sage 50.
BF2O - Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting II
The focus of the level 2 course is on the Merchandising sales, Inventories and Cost of Sales, Accounting Information Systems, Receivables, and Payroll. The use of special journals and subsidiary ledgers in an accounting system coupled with methods of recording and managing retail inventories are examined. Journalizing of payroll entries is included along with recording the purchase and amortization (depreciation) of fixed assets as well as intangible assets.
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.
MOTO - Microsoft Outlook
Students work with basic and more advanced features of Microsoft Outlook to manage messages for efficient communication, maintain personal and business contacts, and organize appointments and tasks.
ME7O - Microsoft Excel
This course explores the use of electronic spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. This course will present the MS Excel application interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of spreadsheets, working with data, formatting cells, working with ranges of data and cells as well as applying functions and formulas to manipulate the data in the rows and columns of a spreadsheet. In addition, you will learn how to present tabular data in a variety of different chart formats. This course relies heavily on hands-on practical activities which allows you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
MW70 - Microsoft Word
This course will present the MS Word application interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of word processing, document, paragraph and character formatting, working with templates, lists and tables. This course relies heavily on hands-on practical activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
FCMO - Fundamentals of Computers
This course presents an introductory look at Windows 7 and its interface, tools, and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of navigating and personalizing the interface, organizing files and folders, using media devices, and searching for information. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
SSSO - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
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