Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

Online Campus | Program Code: N/A
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The Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation provides the foundation for a career in payroll and is offered in partnership with the National Payroll Institute. The PCP courses 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 have access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

Students are required to have access to a computer and the internet. These courses are available in a combination of online synchronous instructor-led and online asynchronous courses. 

Important Notes: 

  • The demand for part-time courses has increased to the point that we recommend you register early to ensure your seat in the course.

Program Details

Code N/A
Start Date May, January, September
Campus Online
Delivery Online Part-Time

Program Outline


Students who complete the course will know the payroll compliance responsibilities that affect organizations, be able to comprehend legislation and effectively communicate these to all stakeholders. This course will provide students with the payroll-related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different payroll scenarios. Prerequisite: None

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. Students will have the content and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculation process to external and internal stakeholders. Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation

Students who complete this course will be able to calculate and report the government and third-party remittances, year-end requirements, discuss payroll technology solutions and account for payroll at the compliance level for the organization. Students will be able to effectively communicate these organizational processes and requirements to internal and external stakeholders.

Prerequisites: Payroll Compliance Legislation & Payroll Fundamentals 1. Taking Introduction to Accounting before Payroll Fundamentals 2 is recommended.


Admission Requirements

The PCP designation requires:

  • Three (3) payroll courses - ACCT14, ACCT18, and ACCT19
  • An Introduction to Accounting course transfer credit - must be completed at a post-secondary institution
  • A minimum of one (1) year of weighted Canadian payroll work experience. For additional information about the PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) requirement, email

Note: All courses, as well as the final exam, require a passing grade of 65% to be accepted toward the PCP designation. Full details can be found on the National Payroll Institute’s website.

Other Requirements

In addition to registration and tuition payment with St. Lawrence College, students must register with National Payroll Institute and pay the Institute’s course fee and membership fee. More information regarding these requirements and fees can be found on the National Payroll Institute’s website.

Program Contacts

SLC+ Continuing Education