The Payroll Certificate prepares students for entry-level employment as payroll clerks. Payroll clerks are responsible for handling payroll issues, tax preparation, and year-end reporting for organizations and companies. The one-year certificate program is designed to accommodate those who are employed full-time or are attending college on a part-time basis, seeking to upgrade their existing employment skills or begin a job in payroll. This program will also help prepare those students who want to pursue certification credentials through the American Payroll Association.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended.
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test. 
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate payroll and related information both verbally and in writing, relative to their knowledge and skill level with internal and external constituents, both inside and outside the field.
  2. Work collaboratively, professionally, ethically, and with fiduciary responsibility to process payroll in a manner that is within the appropriate professional code of conduct.
  3. Accurately record and apply fundamental accounting processes to properly record routine and nonroutine payroll transactions.
  4. Utilize office suite products, including spreadsheets, database, word processing, presentation, and enterprise-wide technology along with proprietary accounting software to record and process payroll transactions.
  5. Be prepared to sit for the Fundamental Payroll certification examination presented by the American Payroll Association.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ACCT-1310 Financial Accounting 4
ACCT-1041 Individual Taxation 4
BADM-1020 Introduction to Business 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ACCT-1030 Payroll 3
ACCT-1520 QuickBooks Immersion 2
BADM-2150 Business Law 4
Select one of the following: 3-4
ACCT-xxxx 1
Any ACCT elective course 
FIN-xxxx
Finance Elective 
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communication  
Business Communication  
 Credit Hours15-16
 Total Credit Hours32-33

Elective     

Choose one elective from the following courses.

ACCT-1011Business Math Applications3
ACCT-1340Managerial Accounting4
ACCT-2041Business Taxation4
ACCT-2310Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT-2500Governmental/Non-Profit Accounting4
ACCT-2830Cooperative Field Experience2-3
FIN-1061Personal Finance3