E nrolling in payroll courses at colleges offering certification courses that provide the fundamental principals and knowledge is the first step. Once you have completed the required payroll courses in a certificate or diploma program, you will be prepared to write the payroll certification exams offered through the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) which is recognized in Canada as the standard of excellence for payroll training.
The CPA offers two certifications: Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and Certified Payroll Manager (CPM). Many colleges and career colleges offer payroll courses that will prepare you to write the Payroll Compliance Practitioner examination.
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