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Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner

Certificate 20 weeks

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

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


National Payroll Institute Designation

National Payroll Institute Designation

The National Payroll Institute’s PCP designation is the foundation for a successful career in payroll.  The PCP courses will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you achieve the designation, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.


The PCP designation requires three core payroll courses, an Introduction to Accounting course transfer credit and one year of weighted payroll work experience:

  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1 – Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2 – Prerequisites: Payroll Compliance Legislation and Payroll Fundamentals 1
  4. Introduction to Accounting - must be completed at a post-secondary institution
  5. PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (a minimum of one year weighted payroll work experience

All PCP courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer credit course, require a passing grade of 65%.

For more information visit, or email the Professional Certification Department at

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Campus Availability

This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.

  • Burnaby
  • Richmond
  • South Surrey
  • Surrey
  • Online

Delivery Mode

The program is approved to be delivered in the following methods.

  • Distance (Online)
  • Combined

My time at CDI College was awesome. I'm so grateful for the chance to have this opportunity, and I am grateful for everybody I've met along the way. They've given me that chance to really take that next step.

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