How do I begin the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification program?

You must send your Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA) for assessment to the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). Once you are approved for the program, you will have five (5) years from your first successful Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM) course to complete the education requirements and submit your Certification Declaration.

How long do I have to complete the CPM program?

Effective January 1, 2017, you should complete the CPM courses and submit your Certification Declaration within five (5) years of the start date of your first successful IPM course.

Will this apply to those individuals who have started the program prior to January 1, 2017?

Yes. For all current and prospective students who have passed the IPM course prior to January 1, 2017, the five (5) year timeline will begin January 1, 2017 and all certification requirements must be completed, including the Certification Declaration, prior to January 1, 2022.

What happens if I do not meet the deadline?

If you do not complete the program within the 5-year timeline, you will be required to begin the process over by submitting a Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA) and retaking the CPM payroll core courses (Introduction to Payroll Management and Applied Payroll Management). Transfer credit courses are not required to be retaken.