The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates, upon successful completion, for entry-level careers in the accounting practices of preparing employee wages and benefits.

Program Description

The 135-hour Payroll Technician program provides the skills vital to accurately execute the payment of employee wages and benefits in an entry level position at a small or medium sized firm. Students learn the accounting practices needed to accurately compute and maintain records and reports related to the distribution of wages and employee benefits. Students will learn the latest regulations and reporting requirements related to payroll taxes, benefits, and compensation.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Compute employees’ time worked, wages, and deductions
  • Record employee time and payroll data
  • Apply knowledge of personnel and payroll regulations
Consideration for Industry Certification

Upon successful completion, students will qualify to take the national certification exam to earn an industry credential, the Fundamental Payroll Certification, from the American Payroll Association.


Students who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to receive prior learning credit towards the Payroll Specialist Certificate of Completion credit program which articulates to the Accounting degree program.

Recognition of Completion

A certificate of program completion will be awarded by the College.