Accounting and Payroll Administration

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnJanuary 2025 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonJanuary 2025 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

All businesses depend on the bottom line. Accountants and payroll administrators are significant players in financial departments, ensuring that critical accounting functions such as payroll and benefits are correctly calculated, reported accurately and employees are paid on time. Accounting administrators can also assist in preparing essential financial statements, managing payables and receivables, tax filing, and banking procedures.

At NBCC, you'll learn how to process payroll information, determine employee pay and benefit entitlements and become proficient in the accounting software. We also offer complementary administrative training and problem-solving skills, including software skills. Students also can get direct industry experience and apply their learning with a work practicum.

If you enjoy keeping things organized and working with numbers and data, you could become a vital asset as an accounting and payroll administrator. Enroll today and build a dynamic career where your numbers knowledge impacts an organization’s financial well-being and people daily.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study. 

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Private and public sector organizations all need qualified accounting professionals. A career in accounting and payroll places you in demand in small and large companies. Your career path could lead you to direct employment at a business, an accounting firm, or a payroll management company that provides services to companies and organizations.

    Our program prepares you to enter the workplace as a payroll administrator. Additionally, the skills you have learned can open other career paths, including becoming an accounting clerk who prepares and processes bills and manages payables and receivables or a bookkeeper who specializes in maintaining a complete record of the businesses’ books and transactions. Many bookkeepers and accounting technicians develop their client base and follow their dream of being self-employed.

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    Specific Considerations

    Graduates of the Accounting and Payroll Administration program may be eligible for credit toward the Canadian Payroll Association’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification.

    With experience, graduates may become a Certified Bookkeeper through the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Financial Accounting
    • Computerized Accounting
    • Payroll
    • Financial Analysis
    • Business and Financial Math
    • Business Computer Applications
    • Business Communication

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course is designed to allow the learner to work independently in an industry setting related to their field of study. Learners are expected to follow the work schedule of the practicum host. The duration of this practicum is five (5) weeks. 

    This course is designed to strengthen fundamental skills in written communications.  This course focuses on how to write clear, effective sentences and paragraphs, create organized, unified, and coherent business messages and documents. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the importance of communicating for the intended purpose and audience. The students will apply the stages of the writing process to business writing: prewriting, writing, and revising, as well as research, prepare, format, draft, proofread and edit a series of documents commonly used in business.

    This course is designed to develop professional verbal communication and presentation skills for the business environment. Emphasis is placed on verbal communication techniques, strategies, and presentation tools to deliver oral presentations with confidence and professionalism.

    This course introduces accounting concepts. Focus will be placed on recording financial transactions for the complete accounting cycle, inventory, and related ratio analysis.

    This course expands on transactions related to assets and current liabilities.  Focus will be placed on cash, receivables, capital assets, payables, basic payroll transactions, related ratio analysis and an introduction to various forms of businesses.


    • GACG1126A

    This course is designed to examine payroll compliance legislation.  Topics covered include payroll legislation and acts, compliance responsibilities and challenges that impact employers and employees, as well as tools to effectively communicate payroll information to stakeholders.

    This course is designed to provide a more complete understanding of payroll related legislation and compliance issues.  Focus is placed on calculating earnings, benefits, statutory deductions and net pay, as well as an overview of employment standards and record of employment documents. Communicating various aspects of payroll to stakeholders is also emphasized.  


    • GACG1129B

    This course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of payroll accounting. Topics include remittances to government and third-party stakeholders, year-end reporting requirements, payroll technology, as well as effective communication of payroll processes and requirements to stakeholders.


    • GACG1130B

    This course is designed to apply accounting knowledge in a practical setting.  The emphasis will be placed on recording and posting of transactions, preparation of financial statements and analysis of accounting information.

    This course develops arithmetic and algebraic skills to solve mathematical problems related to business. Business calculations include gross earnings, commission, taxes, break-even analysis, cost-volume-profit analysis, trade and cash discounts, markups, markdowns, and simple interest.

    This course is designed to develop skills in financial mathematics. The primary focus is calculating compound interest. Topics include loans, invested sums of money, annuities, amortization, mortgages, sinking funds, and bonds.


    • MATH1277A

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

    This course introduces the fundamentals of computer applications and file management in a business environment. Focus will be placed on software features and functions for email, word processing and spreadsheets; scheduling, calendar management, and collaboration; and time and task management.

    This course builds on the spreadsheet application skills acquired in Business Computer Applications I. Learners produce quality business workbooks designed for effective data management and analysis. The focus is on software processes, functions, and features to manipulate large data sets across multiple worksheets and workbooks.


    • SAAL1849A

    This course is designed to introduce computerized accounting software.  Focus is placed on maintaining accounting records for small and medium sized businesses by managing general, payable, receivable, and payroll transactions and adjustments.  Other topics include producing accounting reports and financial statements.


    • GACG1126A

    This course builds on the skills of Computerized Accounting. Students set up company data in various modules, process various transactions, adjustments, reconciliations and prepare month end and year end financial reports.


    • SAAL1851B

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    NOC Codes

    12200 - Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
    13102 - Payroll administrators
    14200 - Accounting and related clerks

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