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Payroll Certificate Business Total Units: 12
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Term Effective: Spring 1999


The 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.

More information about the Business Office Technology programs can be found at the Business Office Technology website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Payroll Certificate program are:

  • Complete 12 units from
    • Payroll Requirements

Payroll Requirements - complete 12.00 units
BGN 85Electronic Calculator0.50
BOT 299.15Grammar Review1.00
BOT 299.16Punctuation and Capitalization Review0.50-1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BAD 1Financial Accounting4.00
BBK 50Computerized Bookkeeping and Accounting I3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
HR 65.2Fundamentals of Salary Administration1.00
HR 65.3Human Resources Recordkeeping0.50
HR 65.4Administrating Leaves of Absence0.50
HR 65.5Benefits Administration1.00
HR 65.6Fundamentals of Human Resources Law0.50
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience-Intern Program1.00-8.00

Term Effective: Spring 1999

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 2010

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.

CS 61.11A was BOT 73.13A, CS 163.11A was BOT 162.4A, CS 101A was CIS 101A (Part of BOT/CIS to CS conversion. Curriculum Office 5/27/09)

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