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    Accounting and Payroll

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:APP
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Gain a strong knowledge of accounting, payroll and human resource practices and related technology applications in the job– focused APP program. It’s a direct route to a professional business certification that’s recognized in Canada and abroad.

After just four semesters, you’ll graduate with a college diploma, professional certification (Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification – PCP, Canadian Payroll Association), and three advanced standing credits towards completion of a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation. You’ll be required to register in the CPA courses/exams at an additional cost.

Also, you will have 8 out of 9 courses required for the Certified Bookkeeper designation from the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping. For details, see

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Maintain paper and electronic accounting records and prepare financial statements for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Employ management accounting techniques in the planning, directing, and controlling of an enterprise.
  • Prepare routine tax returns for individuals ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Use mathematical techniques to support the financial management of a business organization including the preparation of financial information.
  • Apply computer skills and knowledge of accounting information systems to support the accounting function including maintaining accounting records and preparing financial statements and reports and processing payroll.
  • Recognize the impact of the operations of functional areas of an organization on its financial performance.
  • Recognize, within the context of the Canadian business environment, the impact of factors such as economic variables, legislation, and ethics on business operations.
  • Apply contemporary business communication practices and effective interpersonal skills to support the accounting, human resource, and payroll functions.
  • Prepare, maintain, and communicate accurate information related to pensions administration.
  • Plan personal professional development to enhance knowledge of current issues, trends, and practices in the payroll profession.
  • Prepare, maintain, and communicate accurate information in compliance with all relevant employment legislation, law, policies and procedures for payroll, pensions, compensation and benefits
  • Use current payroll legislation to prepare individual pay including remuneration and deductions to net pay.
  • Prepare payroll remittances and year end documentation for federal, provincial and third party stakeholders.
  • Process payroll and accounting source documents to complete an accounting cycle using appropriate technology.
  • Research and respond to payroll queries in a call centre setting, applying effective customer service techniques.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Pathways to Certification and a Degree:

The APP program is a direct route to a professional business certification that's recognized in Canada and abroad. After just four semesters, you'll graduate with a college diploma, all educational requirements for professional certification (Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification - PCP, Canadian Payroll Association) and three advanced standing credits towards completion of a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation. You’ll be required to register in the CPM courses/exams at an additional cost. You will earn most courses required for the Certified Bookkeeper designation from the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping. For details see

Upon graduation you may be eligible for direct entry into the second year of the Seneca International Accounting and Finance (IAF) degree or you may apply for the Seneca Professional Accounting Practice (PRA) graduate certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4 (C) or ENG4 (U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Build your career as a Payroll Administrator, Payroll Specialist, Payroll Accountant, Human Resource and Payroll Generalist, and General Accounting Co–ordinator, Small Business Accountant and Office Manager – roles that exist in virtually every segment of the Canadian economy.

In the Accounting and Payroll program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of payroll, accounting and human resources while earning your diploma, Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification (PCP) from the Canadian Payroll Association, and three of five required credits towards the Certified Payroll Manager Certification (CPM). Your courses in accounting, business and human resources will go beyond the certification requirements and help you maximize your employment opportunities.

You may find yourself working as a payroll professional in the Accounting or Human Resources department of a large or small firm. Your job–ready skills will include a variety of entry–level accounting functions including payroll as well as providing human resources support. Most importantly, you’ll have hands–on practice using accounting and payroll packages to complete the accounting and payroll cycle.

Transfer Options within Seneca

The School of Accounting and Financial Services offers seamless transfer to a multitude of degree, diploma and certificate programs, given a common first year in most diploma and certificate programs within the Faculty of Business.

Level I Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Compulsory Courses:

CPA Course Seneca Code Included in Accounting and Payroll Practitioner Program
Payroll Compliance APP300* Yes
Payroll Fundamentals I APP301* Yes
Payroll Fundamentals II APP302* Yes
Introduction to Accounting ACC120 Yes

*There is an additional cost for payroll certification courses included in the program.

Level II Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) Compulsory Courses:

CPM Course Seneca Code Included in Accounting and Payroll Practitioner Program
Introduction to Payroll Management CPA403 Offered through
Continuing Education
Applied Payroll Management CPA404 Offered through
Continuing Education
Organizational Behaviour OBR250 Yes
Managerial Accounting ACC425 Yes
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans HRA831 Yes

You’ll be introduced to the modern technological environment of business decisions using integrated leading edge software in many of your courses, including accounting software packages.

Learn in courses enriched with hands–on integrated technology applications and case studies based on real–world situations. Your studies will include extensive use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and dedicated payroll software.

You’ll also be encouraged to combine your program of study with meaningful summer work experience. Further real world industry exposure is maximized with faculty practitioners and/or guest speakers, and simulated real–life hands–on projects.

Co-operative Education Option

For qualified students, there is an optional four–month co–op opportunity after completion of the four academic semesters. Should you be accepted into this co–op program, you’ll have a shared responsibility for securing employment opportunities.

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Diploma to Degree ...and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy and Technology
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Accounting and Finance
• Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services Management
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, Business Administration – International Development or Business Administration – Co-op)
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Brampton)
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts
• Honours Bachelor of Business Technology Management
University of Windsor• Bachelor of Commerce – Honours Business Administration


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Okanagan College• Bachelor of Business Administration
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management or Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• BBA – Accounting Fraud Investigation, Accounting Information Management, Finance or BBA/MBA – Professional Accountancy

CGA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC120 Accounting Basics I 4
BAM101 Introduction to Business Administration 3
EAC150 College English 3
ISC100 Introduction to Seneca Studies 2
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC220 Accounting Basics II 4
APP300 Payroll Compliance Legislation 3
HRA701 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
OBR250 Organizational Behaviour 3
SMS216 System Studies I 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC427 PC Applications and Accounting Software 3
APP301 Payroll Fundamentals I 3
EAC349 Business Communication for Accounting 4
HRA831 Design and Administration of Compensation Plans 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC400 Taxation 4
ACC425 Managerial Accounting 4
APP302 Payroll Fundamentals II 3
APP303 Call Centre Operations - Accounting and Payroll 3
APP304 Payroll Accounting and Technology Practicum 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CAP503 Accounting: Career Planning (non co-op option only) 1
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Liam McElheron
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22464
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Lisa Ballantyne
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26216
Program Coordinator: Meredith Delaney
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 24032
Co-op Coordinator: Denise Olah
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22359
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337
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