Launch your business career with Heritage College’s Accounting and Payroll Administration certificate. Over the length of this eleven-month program, you will learn the practical skills necessary to become an accountant, payroll administrator or human resources specialist.

This eleven-month program will provide you with the knowledge you need to handle the daily challenges of an accounting professional. You will learn how to manage payroll and expenses, draft fiscal year documentation, communicate with stakeholders, and provincial and federal payroll laws.

This program also provides hands-on experience with leading, in-demand accounting and payroll software, such as QuickBooks and Sage 50cloud. Our technical training provides you with the real-world knowledge you need to be successful from you first day on the job.

Heritage College’s eleven-month Accounting and Payroll Administration program includes three weeks of hands-on work experience in a businesses or financial institution in your hometown. Graduates of our programs receive continuing support from Heritage College’s Career Services department, including help with job search, resume and LinkedIn profile reviews, and interview preparation.

Course Overview

Graduates of Heritage College’s Accounting and Payroll Administration program develop the bookkeeping and financial knowledge needed to face the daily challenges of an accounting professional. Over the length of this eleven-month program, you will:

  • Master industry-standard accounting software, including QuickBooks and Sage 50cloud
  • Prepare yourself for Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification through our CPA-accredited program
  • Study human resources, payroll regulations, taxation and accounting to prepare yourself for various roles within today’s dynamic businesses
  • Explore the many business roles accounting professionals can fill, including bookkeeping, financial analysis, personal accounting, and auditing
  • Learn the regulations and laws that govern accounting and payroll practices in Canada

How You'll Learn

Heritage College’s Accounting and Payroll Administration certificate has two delivery methods:

  • In-Class: Three days a week at Heritage College’s Northeast Calgary campus.
  • Online: Lectures and theory delivered online, including online assessment. 

This program combines lectures, visual aides, hands-on learning via practical exercises, projects, exams and group discussions into an accessible learning experience. Validation of knowledge is done through through exams, practical tests, projects, and practicum evaluation. 


Heritage College’s Accounting & Payroll Administration has been recognized by the National Payroll Institute. Students who complete this program will meet the requirements needed to challenge the NPI’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification exam. For more information about our NPI accreditation, please contact us at 403-800-8221.



Companies are always on the look-out for junior accountants, bookkeepers, accounts payable and accounts receivable clerks, and office managers. Students who graduate from this program can find employment in countless industries, as companies of all sizes, from small businesses to enterprises, require an accounting professional.

Because of the potential for growth in the accounting field, graduates will have numerous opportunities for further training. Graduates can acquire additional certifications and progress from entry-level positions to management roles within the public, private or non-profit sectors.

For more information about the career of a payroll administrator, visit alis’ payroll administrator career information page.


Your education is one of the most important decisions you make in your life. It’s an investment in your future, and it can pay you back in dividends. 

At Heritage College, we work with you to ensure you can afford the education you need to transform your life. We have helped many students get financial aid, and our team is ready to help you make the right decisions for your future as well.

Our admissions team will work with you to determine the options that best fit your own personal financial needs and situation. This program is eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and scholarships. We can advise you on Alberta Student Aid, personal lines of credit, RESPs, and our own in-house student financing. We work with you to ensure you are securely funded before you start your program, so you start your program confident you will be able to see it through to the end.

You can visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for more information on how we can help you afford your education. Please also visit our Scholarships and Grants Page for information about current financial aid opportunities exclusive to Heritage College students.

The Accounting and Payroll Administration certificate program at Heritage College is an approved Vocational Program licensed by Alberta Advanced Education.

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Upcoming Start Dates

January 20, 2023- Online Weekends
March 17, 2023- Online Weekends
May 12, 2023- Online Weekends
July 14, 2023- Online Weekends

Course Length

45 Weeks

930 Total Hours
810 Theory | 120 Practicum

Course Offered

100% Online

Earn an average wage of

$29.00 an hour


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Why Heritage?

No high school diploma? No problem!

Heritage College does not require a high school diploma for our mature admissions pathway. 

You can find additional information about our admission requirements on our Admissions Page

Practicum Requirements

Accounting and Payroll Administration certificate program students complete their education with 120 hours of practicum experience at a partner institution. To participate in the practicum, students must satisfy the following prerequisites.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully graduate from the Accounting and Payroll Administration certificate program, students must:

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In this course, students learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Students cover effective business communication, email strategies, proofreading, business writing, letter writing, and report and proposal drafting.

This course covers the responsibilities of a human resources manager, including the employee hiring process, training, motivation, payroll management, and employee data privacy.

In this course, students learn basic accounting concepts and procedures, including business classification, basic and expanded accounting equations, assets and liabilities, equity accounts, trial balance, adjusting and closing entries, and the complete accounting cycle. 

Students in this course learn financial accounting principles using GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), accounts receivable, sales and inventories, cash flow statements, and analysis of financial statements. 

This course covers accounting for partnerships and corporations, stocks and dividends, retained earnings, merchandise inventory, and property, plant, equipment and intangible asset evaluation.

Over the length of this course, students learn new employment information, the calculating of regular income-earnings, the CRA Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC), allowances, benefits, expenses, non-regular payments, non-statutory deductions, termination of employment, return on equity (ROE) and commission payments.

In this course, students cover the calculation of organizational remittances to the Canadian Revenue Agency (online or via the PD7A form), provincial remittances, and Worker Compensation Board (WCB) compensation remittances.

This course covers payroll and its compliance environment, federal legislation relating to accounting and payroll, CPP & EI requirements, income tax, labour standards and employment standards, unionized workplaces, and provincial and territorial legislation.

This multifaceted course includes an introduction to Canadian tax systems, tax payers’ responsibilities per CRA guidelines, an introduction to personal and business income and deductions, capital gains, the computation of taxable income and business income, and filing taxes and benefit returns using ProFile Professional Tax.

Over the length of this course, students gain hands-on experience industry-leading QuickBooks Desktop professional accounting software and its layouts, including setting up a company, the A/P and A/R modules, and the payroll module.

This course is a thorough introduction to the Sage50 accounting software and its layouts, including setting up a company, the A/P and A/R modules and the payroll module.

In this course, student cover the skills needed to land their dream job, including resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and job search skills.