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


89 %

Employment Rate*

$ 22

Average Wage/hr**

$ 32

High Wage/hr**

**Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 1431, 1432 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

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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Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Intermediate Accounting (with Sage 50)
This course 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 Sage 50.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Accounting
In this course, students will build on principles learned in the intermediate accounting course. Students will learn how to manage the accounts and flow of cash in a small business and will be introduced to accounting in corporations. As well, students learn inventory costing, how to manage the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), accounting for liabilities, receivables, adjustments, analyzing Cash flows, financial statement analysis, temporary and long-term investments and bonds. An overview of up and coming IFRS changes will be provided.
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 software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, presentations, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level 2
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Level I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Level I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, and quizzes in addition to their participation throughout the course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Excel
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of virtual training and critical thinking, this course examines the role and use of technology in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Students will review basic computer components, Windows usage, file management, common applications, navigating and searching the web, and staying protected and safe while using a computer. Students will also start to hone their keyboarding skills through drills and timed exercises.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Word Part 1
In this course, students learn a comprehensive set of skills in Microsoft Word, including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, and using styles. They also learn how to create and edit header/footer content, insert and format tables, graphics and pictures, and work with templates and themes. The course consists of a combination of virtual training using simulations, as well as projects and exams using the desktop software.
Admission Requirements
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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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