40 Weeks | 890 Total Hrs | 790 Theory Hrs | 100 Practicum Hrs


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

This ten-month program provides students with the knowledge they need to handle the daily challenges of an accounting professional. Students 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 accounting and payroll software, such as QuickBooks and Sage 50. Our technical training provides graduates with the real-world knowledge they need to be successful from their first day on the job.

Instruction Methods

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.
  • Blended: Lectures and theory delivered online, including online assessment; occasional labs and exams in-class at our Northeast Calgary campus. 

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. 


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


Companies are always on the look-out for junior accountants, bookkeepers, financial analysts, and auditors. 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.

Standard admission is for students who have graduated from high school or another educational institute within the past year. 

Students must be 18 years of age or older, and have one of the following:

  • an Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript
  • a non-Alberta equivalent
  • a General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)

Students must also clear a criminal background check and demonstrate basic computer knowledge

Mature admission is for students who are returning to education after spending at least one year in the workforce, and who are applying to our standard diploma or certificate programs. 

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Pass the admissions interview
  • Pass our Wonderlic test with a minimum score of 16
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency through:
    • the successful completion of English 30-1 and Math 30-1
    • CLB level 6 minimum
    • A score of 4.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
    • A score of at least 32 on the Test of English Language Fluency (TOEFL)

Students must also clear a criminal background check and demonstrate basic computer knowledge.

You can find additional information about our admission requirements on our Admissions Page. Please also visit our Scholarships and Grants Page for information about current financial aid opportunities.

Practicum Requirements

Accounting and Payroll Administration certificate program students complete their education with 100 hours of practicum experience at a partner institution. To participate in the practicum, students must satisfy the following prerequisites.

  • Police Reference Check (Clearance) of Criminal Record

Graduation Requirements

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

  • Achieve a minimum mark of 60% in all of the module assignments and exams
  • Have completed all practicum hours
  • Have current Police Clearance

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

Heritage College Accounting and Payroll

Next Start Date

June 19, 2020

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Earn an average of

$46,800 a year


  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Business Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Financial Accounting I
  • Financial Accounting II
  • Payroll Procedures - Employees Perspective
  • Payroll Procedures - Employers Perspective
  • Canadian Payroll Regulations
  • Taxation
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2018 & QuickBooks Online
  • Sage 50 2017
  • Student Employment Strategies
Heritage College Accounting and Payroll

Why Heritage?

  • Flexible, affordable classes offered on evenings and weekends, so it fits your schedule.
  • Small class sizes, providing you the opportunity for real, hands-on learning.
  • Expert instructors with decades of experience in accounting and human resources.
  • Guaranteed work placement practicums in Calgary-area businesses.
  • Access to our Career Services Department, who will work with you at all steps of your job search.
  • A variety of financial aid options for those students who require it.
Heritage College Accounting and Payroll


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This is only an outline of our Accounting and Payroll Administration program. For more information about our curriculum, please contact our admissions advisers.

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.