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    Accounting and Payroll

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:APP
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Gain an in-depth knowledge of accounting, payroll and human resource practices and related technology applications in the job-focused Accounting and Payroll program.

In this program, you'll learn the fundamentals of payroll, accounting and human resources. 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.

Most importantly, you'll have hands-on experience with the software packages used to complete the accounting and payroll cycle. 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.

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) Certification program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


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Your Career

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

Transfer Pathways

The Accounting and Payroll 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 a professional certification (Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification - PCP, Canadian Payroll Association) and three transfer 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.

Level I Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Compulsory Courses:

CPA Course Seneca Course Included in Accounting and Payroll Program
Payroll Compliance Payroll Compliance Legislation* Yes
Payroll Fundamentals I Payroll Fundamentals I* Yes
Payroll Fundamentals II Payroll Fundamentals II* Yes
Introduction to Accounting Accounting Basics I 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 Course Included in Accounting and Payroll Program
Introduction to Payroll Management Introduction to Payroll Management Offered through
Continuing Education
Applied Payroll Management Applied Payroll Management Offered through
Continuing Education
Organizational Behaviour Organizational Behavior Yes
Managerial Accounting Managerial Accounting Yes
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans Design and Administration of Compensation Plans Yes

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

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.

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Important Academic Dates

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


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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)

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1 *
Accounting Basics
Introduction to Business Administration
College English
Mathematics of Finance
Success Strategies for College
Semester 2
Accounting Basics II
Payroll Compliance Legislation
Introduction to Human Resources
Organizational Behavior
Systems Studies I
General Education Option
Semester 3
PC Applications and Accounting Software
Payroll Fundamentals I
Business Communication for Accounting
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans
General Education Option
Semester 4
Management Accounting
Payroll Fundamentals II
Call Centre Operations - Accounting and Payroll
Payroll, Accounting and Technology Practicum
General Education Option
Accounting: Career Planning (non co-op option only)
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)

* Common first semester for Accounting (ACC), Accounting and Finance (ACF), Accounting and Payroll (APP) and Accounting Techniques (ACT) students.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
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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