Certificate in Payroll Techniques

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Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT)

Now enrolling for classes Nationwide and by Distance/Online learning commencing September 2018

This qualification provides payroll personnel with a nationally recognised qualification by which they can be evaluated. The syllabus for this IPASS qualification was prepared following consultation with payroll professionals in industry, commerce and in the public sector, and it reflects the diverse range of skills and knowledge which all payroll professionals require in order to function efficiently.

What qualification will I obtain?

Successful students will obtain the Certificate in Payroll Techniques which is accredited by QQI Higher Education, Level 6 Special Purpose qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications. The course material includes numerous examples and self assessment questions which students can use to develop their knowledge while they study. The course is extremely practical and interesting and is designed to allow students to progress at a realistic pace. Whether you already work in payroll, or not, you will find this course extremely interesting, practical and relevant to you.

Who should enrol?

  •   Anyone who is responsible for maintaining a company's PAYE, PRSI and USC records
  •   People responsible for the completion of PAYE, PRSI and USC Returns
  •   Accounts Managers and staff
  •   People working in a finance department
  •   Accountants and Accounting Technicians
  •   People who wish to improve their knowledge of the Irish PAYE, PRSI and USC system
  •   Anyone who wants to obtain a valuable qualification
"currently undergoing Programme Review"
The payroll function is probably the only function which affects every employee in every company. Employers need to ensure that payroll staff are given the necessary training to enable them to perform their duties to the  highest standard. Apart from the positive effect on all staff, which an accurate and efficient payroll service will generate, employers need to ensure that inadequate or inaccurate knowledge of their payroll staff does not lead  to problems with the Revenue, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation and the Department of Social Protection. In the present era of self assessment and Revenue audits, professionally qualified payroll staff can make a huge difference to the financial and functional performance of any business.


The CPT course is run in 2 stages; Stage 1 & Stage 2, each comprising of 1 class per week, of 3 hours duration per class for 9 weeks. The classes allow ample time to complete the course of study and include sufficient time to allow students to attempt sample questions on each chapter and at least 2 sample exam papers. Students, who are unable to attend classes, have the option of studying by distance/online learning.

Learner Protection

In compliance with Section 65(4)(a) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, Learner Protection arrangements have been put in place with O’Driscoll O’Neil Insurance, should the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS) cease to provide any of the following QQI programmes before learners have completed awards:


Programme Title QQI Award Code Award Title NFQ Title

Certificate in Payroll Techniques 6S15578 Award Level 6

Certificate in Payroll Management 6S15579 Award Level 6

Certificate in VAT Techniques 6S15580 Award Level 6


IPASS confirms that:

- It has made a full disclosure of all facts and information pertinent to the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL) arrangements to QQI.

- It has taken appropriate steps to satisfy itself that the PEL arrangements in respect of each programme are adequate and meet the legal obligations under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.

- The PEL arrangements are valid for the full period of accreditation for the programme.

- It shall notify learners and QQI in writing of any change in the arrangements IPASS has in place as soon as possible but in any case, not later than 14 days, after becoming aware of that change. Any changes to the PEL arrangement for the QQI accredited programmes set out in this document and notified to QQI will be managed by IPASS.


IPASS is required to share your enrolment details with O’Driscoll O’Neil Insurance for this purpose and each student will receive correspondence from our insurers regarding same.


This insurance premium will be covered by IPASS.

Benefits to You

  •   Hold a QQI accredited Level 6 qualification

      Become an invaluable member of their employers' financial team, by being aware of their employer's compliance obligations in a highly technical area

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Benefits to Employer

  •   Recognise the need to have a truly professional payroll working environment

  •   Know that their largest tax liabilities are being managed by a person who holds a specialist professional qualification

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Venues Nationwide

Find a venue near you. Classes run nationwide in September each year. You can also study via Distance/Online Learning.


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Online Learning


If you are unable to attend class have you considered studying at home?

You will have access to online presentations, quizzes and a student helpline.

Further Details


Download a Brochure and Enrol Today!

Course Brochure 2017 

What our students say

I have worked in payroll for 10 years but have learnt more about payroll in the past few weeks.
  - Marion Martyn  National University of Ireland Galway

Some years ago I completed the Payroll Technician course with IPASS. This along with the continued support we received from IPASS has been invaluable in the smooth running of our payroll department. Any queries we have are answered immediately by the very knowledgeable and friendly staff in IPASS. I would recommend IPASS membership to any payroll department.
  - Mark Molloy  Citizens Information



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  • The Irish Payroll Association
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    H4 Centrepoint Business Park,
    Oak Road, Dublin 12
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