Accounting and Payroll (Online)

Gain the knowledge needed to manage payroll and accounting in this online diploma program.

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33 Weeks (FT); 66 Weeks (PT)



Program Outline

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About The Program

The Accounting and Payroll (Online) diploma program covers key areas of financial accounting and payroll, business application software and the implementation and operation of a computerized accounting system.

Graduates will be secured with an associate membership in the Canadian Payroll Association and will be eligible to pursue the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association.


Career Opportunities

As an Accounting and Payroll (Online) graduate, you will qualify for careers in finance, banking, payroll, personnel and accounting.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  •  ADP Canada
  •  Research Productivity Council
  •  Wood Motors Ford
  •  RBC
  •  Social Development
  • ABC Tax and Accounting


90 %

Employment Rate*

$ 25

Average Wage/hr**

$ 32

High Wage/hr**

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


NOC Code: 1431, 1432 - **Wage data based on NOC Code 1432 and rounded down to the nearest dollar, based on New Brunswick data. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in July, 2021.

Program Details

Do you want to become a skilled professional who oversees processes related to employee payroll and accounting? If you’re looking to pursue a challenging role in a professional business environment, the Accounting and Payroll online diploma program is the right fit and will provide you with the opportunity to pursue a new career from the comfort of your home so you can easily fit an education into your busy life.

Students will learn to apply payroll legislation, calculate individual pay and report government and third-party remittances. Graduates will be able to effectively communicate organizational processes and requirements to both internal and external stakeholders. 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 created correctly, and that they’re being paid in a timely manner. Students will be introduced to accounting concepts and procedures, such as debits and credits, analyzing and recording business transactions, banking procedures, and how to set up and interact with different ledgers.

You will also receive:

  • Training on the latest software applications required by employers, including QuickBooks and Sage 50
  • Knowledge of cash flow account and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) management, inventory costing, and financial statement analysis
  • Free software subscriptions for Microsoft Office and Windows
  • Career service assistance

You have the option to take the Accounting and Payroll (Online) program full-time at 20 hours per week, or part time at 10 hours per week.

Successful graduates of the program will be able to pursue their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification  through the Canadian Payroll Association. This certification will help obtain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep  organizations compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. Once certified, graduates will be able to join a community of professionals and obtain 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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High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

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