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Certificate in Payroll Techniques Nationwide

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Cork City
Dublin City
Dublin West
North Dublin City
Price: € 1,140 - Instalment plan available
Duration: Sept - May
Flexible Learning, Part Time and Evening
3 hours per class

Course description

The Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT) is the leading payroll qualification in Ireland. The course provides students with a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the operation of the PAYE, PRSI, USC and ASC systems and a thorough knowledge of Employment Law which has a direct bearing on the operation of the payroll function. An extremely valuable qualification which is much sought after by employers.

PAYE, PRSI and USC are the largest tax liabilities which most companies incur and the largest source of tax recovered on Revenue audits. The best payroll software cannot compensate for the payroll operator’s lack of expertise in the operation of PAYE, PRSI and USC.

The payroll function is probably the only function which affects every employee in every company. Employers need to ensure that payroll staff are given the necessary training to enable them to perform their duties to the highest standard. Apart from the positive effect on all staff, which an accurate and efficient payroll service will generate, employers need to ensure that inadequate or inaccurate knowledge of their payroll staff does not lead to problems with the Revenue, the Dept. of Social Protection or the Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. In the present era of self-assessment and Revenue audits, professionally qualified payroll staff can make a huge difference to the financial and functional performance of any business.

Once you have completed this course you will become an invaluable member of any employers financial team, enhance your career development prospects, enhance your payroll skills, technical expertise, confidence and develop professional skills and abilities through the application of advanced training.”

Blended Learning: This option is available in respect of September 2020 enrolments. It is subject to venue availability and public health guidelines. Venues will be listed on the IPASS website ( as they become available.

Distance Learning: If you are unable to attend classes, you have the option of studying the course by online (distance) learning. If you choose this option, you will  receive a comprehensive study pack to enable you tackle your studies with confidence.

There is an exam at the end of each Stage. Exams are held in May and December.

Entry Requirements: It is a requirement that learners enrolling on this course whose first language is not English must have a minimum of B2 in English under the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) programme.

Accreditation: QQI Higher Education Award, Level 6, Special Purpose.

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