Introduction to Payroll Management

This course is the first core payroll course in the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification program.
Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM) prepares professionals to manage a payroll department by introducing them to the most applicable core management skills. Based on market research, the course provides the management content and tools required to be a successful manager, such as decision making and project management. It builds on the foundation of a Payroll Compliance Practitioner’s experience, knowledge and application of legislative monitoring and effective communication of payroll programs and policies.


PCP Certification and Payroll Experience prerequisite approval from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).
PCP certified members who wish to enrol in the CPM certification program must submit and have their Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA) approved by the CPA prior to enrolling in this course. For more information, see CPM - Payroll Experience Prerequisite.

Students must first register with the post-secondary institution and pay the tuition fees. Students must also register with the Canadian Payroll Association and pay the Association's course fee and membership fee, if applicable.

Upon completion of Introduction to Payroll Management (IPM), you should be able to:

  • Define the role that strategic, operational, human resources and financial management play in an organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor, analyze, communicate and implement legislative changes.
  • Analyze situations and apply the appropriate decision- making tool.
  • Participate in an organization’s risk management process by developing payroll continuity plans.
  • Identify and apply the principles of project management.
  • Define change management in terms of the forces that lead to organizational change.
  • Demonstrate a professional payroll profile by applying privacy principles to the management of payroll information.
  • Analyze ethical situations that may emerge related to compliance and/or human resources situations.
Course materials will be shipped to the post-secondary institution for distribution by your instructor to students who have registered with the Canadian Payroll Association for this course.

Students must achieve a minimum of 65% on the exam mark and 65% on the final course mark in order to pass the course. Students will receive their transcript 4 to 6 weeks after the official end date for the course. For confidentiality reasons, marks cannot be given by phone, fax or email.
Cancellation Policy: Students who withdraw within the first three weeks of the term will receive a full refund from the Canadian Payroll Association, less a withdrawal fee of $150.00, plus applicable taxes.

CPM Certification Completion Timeline: Effective January 1, 2017, CPM students must complete all CPM certification courses, including the transfer credit courses, within 5 years from the start of their first successful IPM course. 
Maximum Course Attempts: Students are permitted a maximum of three attempts at any individual Canadian Payroll Association Course. In the event that a student fails a given CPM course three times (through the classroom or online study options), they will no longer be permitted to register for the course.