“My classroom is innovative because there are smaller classes that allows for more one-on-one communication.” - Cheryl N., Accounting and Payroll Administrator Student

Program Info

CDI College's Accounting and Payroll Administrator program gives you the hands-on accounting training that employers demand. The program will teach you to excel in computerized accounting programs such as ACCPAC, Simply Accounting and other industry standard software. You will also learn the manual accounting fundamentals you need to fully understand the bookkeeping process.

Program graduates will meet requirements for the Canadian Payroll Association's payroll certification programs. This nationally recognized certification represents the highest standard of excellence for payroll training.

This program is 36 weeks in length.
Job Opportunities
  • Clerk
  • Office Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Supervisor
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Clerk
“My classroom is innovative because there are smaller classes that allows for more one-on-one communication.” - Cheryl N., Accounting and Payroll Administrator Student
Program Courses

The program outline below is for British Columbia.Click here to see the outlines for Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Code Course Name Hours
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies 25

    • Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters
  • OSKE Office Skills 50

    • The daily routines of a modern business office are examined, and the skills necessary to assist in the smooth operation of the office are presented in this course. A variety of presentation methods may be used including lecture, discussion, role plays, case studies and work simulations
  • PMSWE Microsoft Word 75

    • This course introduces the students to word processing with Microsoft Word 2013. Relying very 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 Office 2013 where you will learn about the common features of the Office applications and file management fundamentals. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Word where students learn 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. Finally the course will explore the collaboration features of Word 2013 that allow users to share and collaborate on documents through the use of track changes, sharing and reviewing and the use of SkyDrive. 
  • PMSWE Microsoft Excel 50

    • This course introduces the students to spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 2013. Relying very 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 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 the data. The course will then continue 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 data sets and tables. 
  • PMSPE Microsoft PowerPoint 50

    • This course introduces the students to presentation development and design with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Relying very 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 2013 where you will learn about the common views, features, tools and the environment of PowerPoint. The course then focuses on the 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 the presentation and then populate the slides with the various content items such as images, shapes, WordArt, SmartArt transitions and other enhancements. 
  • EBWE Effective Business Writing 50

    • The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communications skills. The focus of this course is on learning writing techniques that ensure effective business communication. In this class, students will achieve an effective style by using precise verbs, concrete nouns, and vivid adjectives. They will also write memorandums and e-mail messages that deliver information and make requests; letters and memorandums that request information concisely and promote goodwill; letters of appreciation, congratulation, sympathy, recommendation, and introduction ; effective formal and informal reports; and formal reports including data, using tables, charts, and graphs. Students will also apply skillful writing techniques in refusing requests as well as compose carefully planned sales letters.
  • BF1E Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting I 50

    • 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.
  • BF2E Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting II 50

    • 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. Students will have a more in-depth understanding of accounting for merchandising activities; merchandising inventories and cost of sales; accounting information systems; internal control and cash; receivables; payroll liabilities; and capital assets: Plant and E.
  • SI1E & SI2E Computerized Accounting I & II with Simply Accounting 100

    • 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.
  • P1101 Payroll Compliance Legislation 100

    • 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. 
  • P1201 Payroll Fundamentals I 100

    • 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. 
  • P1301 Payroll Fundamentals II 100

    • By the end of Payroll Fundamentals 2, 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.
  • B1068 Computerized Accounting III with QuickBooks 50

    • 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.
  • L1030 Practicum 100

    • This four-week module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for four weeks 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. 
  • CESE Career & Employment Strategies 25

    • Students will have the use of our Job Search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers with your resume. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job finding resources, interview skills, and techniques and to carry out mock interviews. Students review core program concepts and learning in order to market their skills effectively. 
  • HREE Human Resources 50

    • Employees are the most valuable asset of a business and all aspects from hiring to performance appraisal are examined utilizing the case study approach.  Students will focus on job analysis and job specifications; job descriptions and standards of performance; training and development; performance appraisal; compensation and benefits; health and safety; disciplinary practices and dispute resolution procedures; as well as bargaining with unions on pay and working conditions.
  • ITFE Income Tax Fundementals 50

    • 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. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to prepare a basic individual tax return by calculating net income, taxable income and tax payable.