Choose the study option that’s right for you

Study Options

Our program is designed to suit your busy schedule.

Take the courses online, or at one of many post-secondary institutions across Canada.  

Payroll designations in Canada are only available to members of the National Payroll Institute. If you would like to register for any course and are not a member, click here to join as a Candidate Member (fee: $105 annually).

If you are already a member, only the course fees apply.
For those enrolling as part of a full time college program, membership is not required to take any courses

Study Option Registration Fee

PCP Course Requirements: Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1, Payroll Fundamentals 2


$619 /course + tax


$489 /course + tax

Classroom Part-time

$350 /course + tax

Classroom Full-time

$350 /course + tax (Membership not required)

If you would like to register for a classroom course, you must first register with the post-secondary institution and pay the school’s applicable fees.  You must also register with the National Payroll Institute and pay the fees noted in the table above.

The National Payroll Institute provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities within the definition provided by the Human Rights Code and those with documented religious restrictions or requirements. Click here to learn more.

Study Online

Delivered through a leading online learning platform, studying online allows you to earn a PCP designation from anywhere – including the convenience of home – without missing out on any essential learning.

Each PCP course is offered every month:

  • Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL) – Begins the first of every month Get introduced to all legislation influencing payroll compliance requirements.
  • Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1) – Begins the twentieth of every month Apply legislation to calculate and document all types of individual payments.
  • Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2) – Begins the tenth of every month Learn about third-party remittances, including accounting, technical and year-end requirements.

If you are an experienced payroll professional and/or already feel that you have the knowledge to write the exam without taking the full course, you may want to consider the online ‘Challenge’ option instead.

Challenge students receive electronic course materials, but have no access to a facilitator or online review tools. The online exam can be completed any time during the two month course period. The exam must be remote proctored through Integrity Advocate. There is no option to transfer or withdraw from a challenge course. Click here to register.


Classroom courses are offered according to academic term schedules at selected colleges and universities across Canada.

Important: You must register with and pay applicable fees to both the college/university and the National Payroll Institute.

Click here to find a course in your area.