Payroll Practitioner  (certificate)

Department:  Accounting

This certificate meets the modern needs of employers for employees with specialized skills needed in a payroll department.

It is designed to prepare students to pass the exams to become certified as either a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC), both of which are administered and awarded by the American Payroll Association.

Additional coursework in the certificate provides students with appropriate skills in accounting, accounting technologies, business, communication skills, and workplace behavior.

Career Possibilities:  This certificate leads to careers as a payroll clerk, supervisor, and manager. It also enhances careers in human resources, accounting, budget, and finance departments. All employers need staff who can process payroll, either within the organization or by working with payroll processing companies. Additional opportunities may be found in companies that provide payroll services. Students who transfer to 4-year universities will be employed in professional accounting positions which work collaboratively with a payroll department.

Program Requirements

Subject Title Prerequisites Units Mode
ACCT101Fundamentals of College Accounting
3
Online, Hybrid, Campus
  or  ACCT301Financial Accounting
4
Online, Hybrid, Campus
ACCT131Fundamental Payroll Administration
1.5
Online
ACCT132Intermediate Payroll Administration
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1.5
Online
ACCT133Advanced Payroll Administration
Show Prereqs
1.5
Online
ACCT134California Payroll Administration
Show Prereqs
1.5
Online
ACCT341Computerized Accounting
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2
Online, Hybrid
ACCT343Computer Spreadsheet Applications for Accounting
2
Not Currently Offered
  or  CISA316Intermediate Electronic Spreadsheets
Show Prereqs
2
Online, Hybrid
BUS310Business Communications
Show Prereqs
3
Online, Hybrid, Campus
  or  BUS312Workplace Behavior and Ethics
3
Online