Accounting and Payroll Specialist

Get the skills and knowledge for this professional and always in demand career in only 37 weeks plus internship.

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Program Outline

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About The Program

The Accounting & Payroll Specialist diploma program focuses on financial accounting, payroll, the implementation and operation of computerized accounting systems, and business application software. 

Graduates of this program will secure an associate membership in the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), as well as, be eligible to pursue the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the CPA.

Career Opportunities

As an Accounting & Payroll Specialist graduate, you will qualify for positions such as: Payroll Specialist, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, and Accounting Assistant. 



Employers Who Have Hired triOS Grads

  • BKC Accounting & Tax Preparation
  • First Ontario Credit Union
  • CIBC
  • Trillium Bookkeeping Services
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • ACI Tax Services
  • London Tax & Accounting


86 %

Employment Rate*

$ 25

Average Wage/HR**

$ 35

High Wage/HR**

*Employment Rate based on 2019 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 1432 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in May. 2021.

Program Details

If you’re looking to pursue an administrative role in a professional business environment, then start on the path to a career in accounting and payroll which places you in demand in both small and large companies. 

As an Accounting & Payroll Specialist, you will be responsible for using administrative software to ensure that employees, in any given company, are working their designated hours, their cheques are being cut correctly, and that they’re being paid in a timely manner.

In this program you’ll learn to apply payroll legislation, calculate pay and use administrative software to ensure that employees are working their designated hours, and that cheques are being cut accurately. Accounting concepts and procedures, such as cash flow, assets and liabilities, financial management, banking procedures, analyzing business transactions, and how to properly set up and engage with different ledgers form part of this through program. You’ll also get hands-on training on how to set ip banking and tax service modules in Sage 300.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • 8-week internship to gain hands-on experience.
  • Training on the latest software applications required by employers, including Sage 300.
  • Career service assistance.
  • Free software subscriptions for Microsoft Office and Windows.

Graduates will be able to pursue the Canadian Payroll Association’s Payroll Compliance Practioner (PCP) certification. This certification will graduates gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep their organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When certified, graduates can join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources needed to stay current and compliant.

PCP certification requires three core payroll courses, an Introduction to Accounting course transfer credit and one year of weighted payroll work experience:

  1. Payroll Compliance Legislation
  2. Payroll Fundamentals 1 – Prerequisite: Payroll Compliance Legislation
  3. Payroll Fundamentals 2 – Prerequisites: Payroll Compliance Legislation and Payroll Fundamentals 1
  4. Introduction to Accounting – must be completed at a post-secondary institution
  5. PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) – a minimum of one year weighted payroll work experience

All PCP courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer credit course, require a passing grade of 65%.

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Course Listings
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sage 300
In this course, students will learn to set up banking and taxes service modules in Sage300 2017. They will also learn to set of vendor and customer records and process transactions in the amounts payable and accounts receivable modules of Sage300 2017.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Accounting (using Sage 50)
In this course students will be introduced to accounting concepts and procedures. Students will learn about debits and credits and how to analyze and record business transactions. In addition, students will look at banking procedures, cash control as well as payroll concepts and procedures, including employee taxes. They will also gain an understanding of the employer’s tax responsibilities. In this course, students learn how to set up and interact with the different ledgers in Sage 50 to support small business activities. In addition, students will perform General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll transactions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Intermediate Accounting (using QuickBooks)
This course completes the accounting cycle and furthers the student’s knowledge of accounting procedures in payroll, pay cash and bank reconciliations. Central to this course is the merchandising firm and its accounting cycle, central to this is appropriate valuation of inventory and cost of goods sold calculations. This material will be presented manually are working on paper and using computerized accounting system of QuickBooks.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Accounting
In this course, students will build on principles learned in the intermediate accounting courses. Students will be introduced to more advanced concepts regarding assets and liabilities including accounting for bad debt, depreciation and long-term assets, cash flow analysis, and temporary and long-term investments. In addition, students will learn how to record the effects of partnership and corporate activity and analyze financial statements for decision-making.
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Communication
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of communication skills in the business environments. Focus will be placed on both written and spoken communications. Students will review the basic writing process with emphasis on the mechanics of writing. They will also learn the importance of effective spoken communication, deliver an oral presentation, and participate in a mock meeting.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Outlook
This Microsoft Outlook course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use to effectively manage e-mails, contacts, calendars, and tasks. Outlook has become the corporate standard electronic personal organizer. These are the foundational skills needed to communicate using Outlook in a variety of positions within and organization. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of e-mail software. Students are expected to make arrangements to meet proficiency needs.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft PowerPoint
This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals needed to create and modify basic presentations by using Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will explore the PowerPoint environment and create a presentation, will format text on slides to enhance clarity, enhance the visual appeal, add graphical objects to a presentation and modify them, and finalize a presentation to deliver it.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Management
Our Career Management program introduces students to the strategies and components of an effective job search, including self-marketing and awareness, skills inventory, job search tools and the job market. The Career Management course is delivered by our on-campus Career Services Team who are there throughout the job search to assist and mentor students towards achieving their ultimate goal of employment in their field of study. Our Team of Career Services Professionals maintain relationships in their communities with key employers and organizations that recognize the value triOS graduates have to offer. The skills learned throughout Career Management at triOS will continue to serve students in their job search as they navigate their new careers.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Finance
Financial management has evolved into a focus on managing financial assets more efficiently. Students will learn about the objectives of financial management as well as planning and budgeting. Sources and forms of financing will also be discussed.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Payroll Fundamentals 1
Students will learn about calculating employment income and the process for hiring and terminating employees from a payroll perspective.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Payroll Fundamentals 2
Students will learn amount government remittances and proper recording of payroll information.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Payroll Compliance Legislation
Students will learn about the objectives of the payroll process, who the stakeholders in the process are, and about the various pieces of federal and provincial/territorial legislation that affect the payroll process.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Word
This Microsoft Word course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use Microsoft Word effectively in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Word is the world's most popular word processing software. Learning how to create, edit, format and print documents, enhance work with formatting, use bullets and numbering, add simple borders, tables, headers/footers, organizing data columns, and styles, are the foundational skills needed in preform in many positions. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of word processing software. The course combines lecture/demonstration by an instructor with readings, trainings, projects, and a final exam for students to work on in a simulation-based environment. Students are expected to ensure they meet proficiency requirements for working in this environment.
Admission Requirements
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High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant)

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Success Stories

Thank you triOS College for giving me the education and tools I needed to get my dream career. I had a full-time job 5 days out of school, and it feels amazing to be one of the lucky ones to have my dream job. Thank you triOS!

Rachel R.

Graduated 2013