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Business: Payroll Certificate Business Total Units: 12
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2018


The Business: Payroll Skills Certificate provides students an opportunity to specialize in payroll accounting and to qualify for entry-level payroll positions in industry or in a payroll service. The curriculum includes basic accounting concepts along with specialized payroll accounting and reporting procedures.

Payroll is a specialized area of accounting with complicated federal and state government reporting and legal requirements. Employment opportunities exist in various business and government sectors, payroll service companies, and accounting firms. The payroll assistant generally reports to the payroll supervisor or accountant, and will be involved in activities such as time tracking, paying bills, record keeping, balancing payroll accounts, and tax returns.

Students wishing to acquire more advanced skills may pursue the Account Clerk Certificate of Achievement or the Human Resources Administration Certificate of Achievement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze, categorize, calculate, record and report selected financial information and commonly used financial statements and related reports, using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
  2. analyze, categorize, calculate, record and report advanced payroll information including payment of wages along with associated payroll tax liabilities, for both federal and state tax entities;
  3. demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills to record and report various Human Resource and Payroll Benefits information; and
  4. effectively use computer, 10-Key, and other modern devices to calculate, tabulate, and assist in reporting and recording of financial information.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Business: Payroll Certificate program are:

  • Complete 12 units from
    • Business: Payroll Requirements

Business: Payroll Requirements - complete 12.00 units
BBK 52.1Payroll Record Keeping and Reporting3.00
BGN 20310-Key Skills0.50
CS 60.11AMicrosoft Word, Part 11.50
CS 61.11AMicrosoft Excel, Part 11.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BAD 1Financial Accounting4.00
BBK 50Computerized Bookkeeping and Accounting 13.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 0.50 units from the following:
BGN 101Typing1.50
BGN 102Typing-Skill Building1.50
BGN 201Basic Keyboarding0.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
HR 62Human Resource Records1.00
HR 64Human Resource Salary Administration1.00
HR 65Human Resource Benefits Administration1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2018

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Previous Versions:

Business: Payroll - effective Fall 2015
Payroll - effective Fall 2013
Payroll - effective Fall 2010
Payroll - effective Spring 1999

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Recommended preparation: CS 101A Personal Computers for New Users or equivalent.

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