National Payroll Institute Payroll Compliance Practitioner


The National Payroll Institute (hereafter referred to as the Institute) – formerly the Canadian Payroll Association – offers the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation. According to the Institute, the PCP designation 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."

Individuals who complete the four required course (Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1, Introduction to Accounting, and Payroll Fundamentals 2) and the PCP work experience requirements are eligible to receive the PCP designation from the Institute. The Institute awards the designation. However, George Brown College Continuing Education has been recognized by the Institute as a provider of courses that are equivalent to some of the PCP designation’s academic course requirements.

For more information about the PCP designation, visit the Institute's Payroll Compliance Practitioner web page.

Completion Details

For each of the George Brown College courses listed here that you pass, you must use the the Institute's transfer credit process and pay the Institute a transfer credit fee to get credit for the course registered in your personal National Payroll Institute record. You must achieve a grade of C (65%) or better in each of these George Brown College courses to be eligible for the PCP designation.

Certificate Stream

Core Courses (Four)

This is equivalent to the Institute's Payroll Compliance Legislation course:

This is equivalent to the Institute's Payroll Fundamentals 1 course:

This meets the Institute's Introduction to Accounting requirement:

This is equivalent to the Institute's Payroll Fundamentals 2 course:

Additional Information

Disclaimer: The PCP designation is awarded by the Institute. The information provided here does not represent the extent of the requirements for the PCP designation. The requirements are set by the Institute, not George Brown College, so you must follow the process listed on the Institute's website and meet the requirements applicable to you to achieve the PCP designation. The Institute's policies are subject to change without notice, and George Brown College is not responsible for any information errors or inaccuracies that result from a change in the Institute's policy.

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