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

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

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

    • This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
  • FCME Fundamentals of Computers 50

    • 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.
  • MWXE Microsoft Word 2010 75

    • This course covers Microsoft Word 2010. You will learn about the fundamentals of word processing, document, and paragraph and character formatting, working with templates, lists and tables. This course will provide you hands-on practical activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
  • MEXE Microsoft Excel 2010 50

    • This course covers Microsoft Excel 2010. This course will present the Microsoft 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BM02 Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting - Level 1 50

    • This course emphasizes analyzing and recording business transactions 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. Topics include introduction to Accounting, financial statements, accounting transactions, analyzing and recording transactions, adjusting accounts for financial statements, and completing the accounting cycle and classifying accounts.
  • BF2E Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting - Level 2 50

    • 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 and intangible assets.
  • SI1E Computerized Accounting I with Simply 50

    • Accounting procedures in a computerized environment are examined using the General, Payables and Receivables modules of Simply Accounting.
  • SI3E 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.
  • PAYE Payroll Compliance Legislation 75

    • 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.
  • PF1E Payroll Fundamentals I 75

    • 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.
  • PF2E Payroll Fundamentals II 75

    • 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.
  • ITFD 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.

      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.
  • CESE Career & Employment Strategies 25

    • Students will have the opportunity to review and discuss the final practicum placement. Simulated practice may be given in panel interviews as well as practice scenarios for the job interview. Students will update their resumes and cover letters. Students will have use of a Job Search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers.
  • PR1 Practicum/Work Experience 100

    • This program includes a practicum component consisting of 100 hours of work at a job site. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.