CPA Certified Payroll Manager

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification. According to the CPA, the CPM certification “is the next step for PCP certification holders looking to enter a management position. It gives you the valuable payroll compliance and management skills needed to advance.”

Individuals who complete the five required courses (Introduction to Payroll Management, Managerial Accounting, Compensation and Benefits Management, Organizational Behaviour Management and Applied Payroll Management) and complete the certification declaration are eligible to receive the CPM certification from the CPA. The CPA awards the certification. However, George Brown College Continuing Education has been recognized by the CPA as a provider of courses that are equivalent to some of the CPM certification’s academic course requirements.

For more information about the CPM certification, visit the CPA Certified Payroll Manager web page.


You must have achieved the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification, met the payroll experience requirement and received approval from the CPA. To satisfy the experience requirement, you must have obtained at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization's payroll function (or equivalent) in the past five years. To receive approval from the CPA, you must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA).

Completion Details

The Introduction to Payroll Management and Applied Payroll Management course requirements cannot be met through George Brown courses. Those requirements can only be met through CPA online courses.

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

Certificate Stream

Core Courses (Three of Five)

Each of these meets the CPA's Managerial Accounting requirement (choose one):

This meets the CPA's Compensation and Benefits Management requirement:

This meets the CPA's Organizational Behaviour Management requirement:

Additional Information

Disclaimer: The CPM certification is awarded by the CPA. The information provided here does not represent the extent of the requirements for the CPM certification. The requirements are set by the CPA, not George Brown College, so you must follow the process listed on the CPA website and meet the requirements applicable to you to achieve the CPM certification. CPA 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 CPA policy.

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