Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

A career in payroll is very rewarding. Becoming a certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) ensures you have the payroll compliance knowledge and skills you need to succeed! It also helps you command a higher starting salary according to national payroll recruiting firms and opens the doors for future advancement. Register now!

The PCP Certification Program

PCP certification is the foundation for a career in payroll. Gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you get certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

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Our programs are designed to suit your busy schedule!

  • Take the courses online, or at one of many post-secondary institutions across Canada. See your options!
  • If you have already taken one or more required courses at a post-secondary institution (Introduction to Accounting, for example), transfer the credits to complete the certification program.
  • New! Quebec Payroll Compliance Practitioner (QPCP) French-only certification for practitioners focused on Quebec-only payrolls. Learn More 

PCP certification requires three core payroll courses, one transfer of credit and one year of related work experience.


In order to achieve a PCP certification, all requirements must be completed within five year timeline. For further details with regards to five year timeline please review the Work Experience Requirement information.

* PCP Candidates have finished their courses but need a bit more work experience. Employers value PCP Candidates for many entry-level payroll positions. You can use the PCP Candidate information card to assist with your job search. Print the card and take it with you on job interviews to explain your credentials.


Start Achieving Your Goals Today!

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Kickstart your career, enhance your payroll compliance knowledge and add even more value to your organization!

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PCP Experience Requirement

Wondering if you have the experience required to graduate from the PCP program?

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Test Your Knowledge

Want to assess a candidate’s or your own payroll compliance expertise? Hope to challenge a PCP course? Try our Payroll Knowledge Evaluator.

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