Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) Certification

The Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification builds on the PCP compliance knowledge by developing to prepare seasoned professionals to manage a payroll department. It provides you with the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions.

Program Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling to the CPM program, students must:

  • have achieved the PCP certification,
  • have at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization's payroll function, which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees' pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained in the past five years, and
  • submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and receive approval from the CPA. These prerequisites ensure students have the knowledge and practical payroll experience required to be successful in a payroll management program.

Certification Requirements

  • Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM)
  • Applied Payroll Management (APM)
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Compensation & Benefits Management
  • Organizational Behaviour Management
CPM Courses & Schedule

This course is the first core payroll course in Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification program.


PCP Certification and Payroll Experience


Introduction to Payroll Management prepares professionals to manage a payroll department by introducing them to the most applicable core management subjects. Based on market research, the course provides the management content and tools required to be a successful manager, such as decision making and project management. It builds on the foundation of a Payroll Compliance Practitioner's experience, knowledge and application of legislative monitoring and effective communication of payroll programs and policies.

Delivery Method

This course will be offered virtually. Sessions will take place according to the posted schedule.

To participate in virtual sessions, students will need high speed internet, video cam and microphone.

Instructor: Rajveer Sandhu
CRN: 11046
Dates: Saturdays: February 26 to April 9, 2022
Times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (last class 9:00 am - 12 pm)
Fee: $468.00 plus applicable CPA fee.
Register: Phone to register: (604) 527-5472

This course is the final core payroll course in the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification program.


Introduction to Payroll Management


Applied Payroll Management provides professionals with the opportunity to apply relevant management processes in a payroll department context. Benchmarking, best practices development and human resources skills, such as monitoring, assessing and supervising, are utilized to enable the payroll professional to achieve organizational and career goals.

Delivery Method

This course is offered in-person.

Next Course Offering

Applied Payroll Management will be offered in the spring of 2022. Send an email to Sultan at vidals3@douglascollege.ca to request information about when registration is open.

Please visit The Canadian Payroll Association Database for a list of approved courses at various post-secondary institutions. 

ACCT 2320: Managerial Accounting from Douglas College is approved by CPA.

Please visit The Canadian Payroll Association Database for a list of approved courses at various post-secondary institutions. 

Please visit The Canadian Payroll Association Database for a list of approved courses at various post-secondary institutions. 

BUSN 3310: Organizational Management Skills from Douglas College is approved by CPA.

Steps To Register

Step 1

Register for your Payroll course with Douglas College. Note: Students must achieve a minimum of 65% on final exams and 65% for each course. 

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Step 2

The Canadian Payroll Association has a dual registration process.  This means in addition to paying the Douglas College fees for the course, students must also register with the Canadian Payroll Association and pay the Association's course fee ($340/course) and the student membership fee ($99/year) to receive their course materials and access to the learning platform.

Students should register with the Association no later than ten business days before the start date of the course. 

You can download the course registration form from the Canadian Payroll Association.

Download the form


Want more information?

If you require more information about the CPA courses, please contact Sultan Vidal at vidals3@douglascollege.ca or (604) 527-5607.
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Phone to register: (604) 527-5472 (Visa or MasterCard only)

CPA Registration Form

(Fill out CPA registration form once you have registered with Douglas College) 

CPA contact information

Certification Department for The Canadian Payroll Association: 

The Canadian Payroll Association Website: