CPA Payroll Compliance Practitioner

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification. According to the CPA, the PCP certification 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), the PCP work experience requirements and the certification declaration are eligible to receive the PCP 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 PCP certification’s academic course requirements.

For more information about the PCP certification, visit the CPA Payroll Compliance Practitioner web page.

Completion Details

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 PCP certification.

Certificate Stream

Core Courses (Four)

This is equivalent to the CPA's Payroll Compliance Legislation (PCL) course:

This is equivalent to the CPA's Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1) course:

This meets the CPA's Introduction to Accounting requirement:

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

Additional Information

Disclaimer: The PCP certification is awarded by the CPA. The information provided here does not represent the extent of the requirements for the PCP 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 PCP 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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