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Main Programs and Courses Business Programs Human Resources & Payroll Coordinator

Human Resources & Payroll Coordinator

In any successful business, the most valuable commodity is people. Students with training in human resources and payroll are needed in every type of business, across every area of specialization.


Do you enjoy working with people and creating comradery in the workplace? Take the next step in your professional development and embark on an exciting new career in human resources and payroll.


Hands-On Human Resources Training


Reeves College’s Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator Diploma program offers hands-on courses in organizational behaviour, compensation and benefits, training and development, employment legislation, payroll fundamentals, and more.

Before you graduate, become an expert in identifying and resolving payroll discrepancies, verifying and reconciling transactions, advising on the benefits of training and development within an organization, and much more. Graduates from this program are also eligible to access the National Payroll Institute's Payroll Compliance Practitioner Program (PCP).


Your Path to Becoming a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

The National Payroll Institute’s PCP designation is the foundation for a successful career in payroll.  The PCP courses will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you achieve the designation, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

The PCP designation 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 (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%.

For more information visit www.payroll.ca, or email the Professional Certification Department at certification@payroll.ca


All applicants must meet with an admissions 
representative in addition to ONE of the following criteria:

Standard Admission

  •  Alberta high school diploma or equivalent verified by transcript or DAR.

Mature Admission
Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to admission (19 for out-of-province)
  • Successful completion of the Reeves College Admissions Test.         *Manitoba applicants must also have been out of school for one year in addition to the above.


100 Hours of Work Experience Placements


Students will be placed in actual workplaces related to their field of study and will be expected to act as regular employees for five weeks to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek.



  • Successful completion of all on-campus courses with a 60% overall average.
  • Successful completion of the HR and Payroll Work Experience.



  • Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator Diploma 
  • Graduates from this program are also eligible to access the *National Payroll Institute - Payroll Compliance Practitioner Program (PCP)


*Formerly known as the Canadian Payroll Association.


This program is 45 weeks in length.
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Benefits Officer
  • Pay and Benefits Clerk
  • Pay Clerk
  • Payroll Officer
  • Wage and Salary Administrator
  • Human Resources Assistant/Officer
  • Personnel Officer
  • Recruitment Specialist

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Program Courses
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters.
BC2W / Introduction to Business Computer Applications

This course presents an introductory look at the Microsoft Office 2016 productivity applications Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and the Windows environment in which they run. It covers the fundamentals of organizing files and folders, drafting business documents, creating presentations, and reporting data in spreadsheets. This course relies entirely on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis and obtaining feedback immediately.

EBW4 / Effective Business Writing

The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communication skills. The focus of this course is on learning writing techniques that ensure effective business communication. Following the completion of this course, students will be able to achieve effective writing styles, apply skillful writing techniques used in business communications in today’s workplace. This includes communicating in teams using listening, nonverbal and meeting skills; planning, writing and reviewing various types of business messages; communicating effectively using memos, email, letters and instant messages; creating business reports and proposals; plan, writing and delivering oral presentations.


AFA4 / Accounting Fundamentals I

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of accounting as a device for reporting business activity. It provides the student with an understanding of the underlying theory and principles of accounting. The construction of financial statements as they evolve from business transactions and records is emphasized using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements.

AFB4 / Accounting Fundamentals II

The focus of the level 2 course is on the Merchandising sales, Inventories and Cost of Sales, Accounting Information Systems, Receivables and Payroll. Students will learn the use of special journals and subsidiary ledgers in an accounting system coupled with methods of recording and managing retail inventories are examined. Journalizing of payroll entries is included along with recording the purchase and amortization (depreciation) of fixed assets, as well as intangible assets

CAA4 / Computerized Accounting I
This course provides a practical instruction to Sage 50 Accounting. Students learn how to set up a computerized accounting environment and record transactions in the General, Payable, and Receivable ledgers by working with a variety of business simulations.
CAB4 / Computerized Accounting II
This course is a continuation of Computerized Accounting with Sage 50 Level 1. Students learn how to set up for Payroll and Inventory, record payroll and inventory, set up budgets, and reconcile accounts by working with a variety of business simulations.
P1104 / Payroll Compliance Legislation

This course is the first core payroll course and is the point of entry for the CPA’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification. By the end of this course, students will be able to: describe payroll’s objectives and stakeholders; identify an employer/employee relationship; apply federal and provincial legislation to payroll including The Canada Pension Plan, The Employment Insurance Act, The Income Tax Act, Employment Standards legislation, Worker’s Compensation Acts and Quebec-specific legislation; and communicate the payroll compliance requirements to various stakeholders.

P1204 / Payroll Fundamentals I

This course is the second requirement in the CPA’s PCP certification. Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals 1 (PF1), students will be able to calculate regular individual pay, calculate non-regular individual pay, calculate termination payments, complete a Record of Employment (ROE), and communicate all aspects of individual pay requirements to various stakeholders.

P1304 / Payroll Fundamentals II

This course is the third requirement in the CPA’s PCP certification. Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals 2 (PF2), students will be able to calculate organizational remittances to federal, provincial and third-party stakeholders, prepare accounting documentation for payroll, complete year-end documentation and communicate all aspects of organizational remittances, accounting and year-end requirements to internal, external and government stakeholders.

B1075R / Customer Relations and Interpersonal Skills

In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies and role-playing. Students will learn relevant theories of human behaviour and how they may be applied to improve customer relations.

H1104 / Introduction to Human Resources

This module will introduce students to the role of the Human Resources officer and assistant, the expectations placed on the Human Resources department, and the ethical and legal issues relevant to Human Resources. In this course, you will learn the aspects of effective management of human resources in today’s business environment. The strategic role and importance of human resources management is explored with emphasis on employment law, job design, planning, recruitment and selection. Employee training is also covered as well as performance management and appraisal.

H1004 / Organizational Behaviour

This course explores the basics of organizational life, including the relationship between organizational form, the individuals who work in it, and the structures of performance. Key components will be the understanding of power, ethics, leadership, and management within organizational life. Individual and team performance will be evaluated and aspects of human psychology and values assessed. Theories of motivation and leadership will be identified and the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to organizational control explored.

H1304 / Staffing

This module will deal with the role of the Human Resources department in attracting and retaining quality staff. The hiring process will be discussed in detail, and the student will learn how to manage excess or shortage of staff.

H1404 / Compensation and Benefits

An organization’s compensation system can have a major impact on its success, but the most effective compensation system may be very different from one organization to the next and may even differ over time for the same organization. However, if there is no single compensation system that fits all organizations, this makes life very complicated for those who manage organizations. This course explores a systematic framework for identifying and designing the compensation system that will add the most value to the organization.

H1504 / Training and Development

This module helps students understand the role and importance of training and development within an organization. Skills taught include needs analyses, designing a training program, conducting performance appraisals, and working within an existing training and development framework to maximize staff training potential.

H1704 / Employment Legislation

This course deals with common law legal principles and statutes that govern the employment relationship. Students will explore issues relating to employment law and the employment relationship from the perspective of managers, employees and human resource professionals. The course will provide an essential understanding of basic Canadian law: our legal system, contracts and torts as they relate to employment law. There will also be a detailed study of those areas of law that relate directly to the employment situation: human rights, privacy, employment standards legislation, occupational health and safety and termination of employment. These topics will be discussed in relation to the hiring process, rights and obligations during the period of employment and termination and post-employment considerations.

H1800 / Privacy and Confidentiality

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the contemporary Canadian workplace with regards to organizational obligations around the use, collection and disclosure of personal information. This module will provide the student with an overview of the applicable privacy and confidentiality legislation with a focus on how it applies to a Human Resources department. Students will gain an insight into the various acts and legislation that govern privacy and confidentiality at both a provincial and federal level.

AB-HRPC199 / HR and Payroll Work

Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five weeks in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.

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