To enrol in the CPM program, you must be PCP certified and have two years of related work experience.
Before enrolling, submit a Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and
wait for approval from the Canadian Payroll Association.
Once approved, CPM certification then requires two core payroll courses and three transfer of
- Introduction to Payroll
Management: Learn what’s required to manage a payroll department, and
the tools needed for success.
- Applied Payroll Management:
(prerequisite: Introduction to Payroll Management): Perfect your payroll management skills by
learning about benchmarking, best practices development, human resources skills and more.
Accounting: Transfer your post-secondary course covering financial
statements, budget preparation, cost accounting methodologies, variance reporting and more.
Search our list of accepted courses.
Behaviour Management: Transfer your post-secondary course covering
individual and group behaviour, personality, motivation and leadership theory, communication and
conflict resolution. Search our list of accepted courses.
& Benefits Management: Transfer your post-secondary course covering
monetary and non-monetary reward and compensation programs, including incentive plans, profit
sharing and employee assistance. Search our list of accepted courses.
To receive and maintain your certification, you must be a member of the Canadian Payroll Association through a
Professional membership or the Organization membership of your employer (annual membership fees are
In order to achieve a CPM certification, all requirements must be completed within five year
timeline. For further details with regards to five year timeline please review the Payroll Experience Prerequisite information.