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Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

Professional Designation

Professional Designation

Program Description

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada: the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM). These programs prepare payroll practitioners to manage the compliance requirements of an organization's annual payroll cycle, deliver clear and reliable payroll information, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and payroll discussions.

The Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certification builds on the PCP compliance knowledge by preparing seasoned professionals to manage a payroll department. It provides you with the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions.

Students who wish to enroll in the CPM program must have completed their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation, submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application and received approval from the Canadian Payroll Association. The Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application can be found on the CPA website;, under Certification.

Durham College offers 3 of the academic courses required to complete the CPM certification. (See current Program of Study below) To register students must;

  • Register in the course with Durham College
  • Upon successful completion transfer the credit to CPA

Note:The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) requires a grade of 65% on the final exam and 65% overall in order for the credit to be accepted toward CPA certifications. Also, the completion of the Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) is a requirement for certification. For additional details, visit the CPA website at or email

Click here for a listing of Durham College approved CPM courses

Current Program of Study Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Maintaining Your Certification

All certified individuals must comply with the following three requirements in order to maintain certification with the CPA.

  1. Maintain a membership with the CPA through a Professional Membership or through the Organization Membership of their employer.
  2. Adhere to the CPA's Code of Professional Conduct.
  3. Meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements.

For more information on the CPM certification, and registration, visit the CPA website at,

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered