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Aimed at those who are relatively new to payroll and have completed the computerised payroll level one training course.

The level two course recaps and refreshes what was learned in the level one course but expands on that knowledge by covering more advanced areas such as maternity leave and automatic enrolment.

Why should I attend?

This course is aimed at those new to payroll with little or no prior experience who want to enhance their employability, progress their career or start running the payroll in their own businesses.

It includes a recap of the information learned in the computerised payroll level one course but moves onto more advanced processing topics.

What will I learn?

Level two computerised payroll follows on from the level one course and expands on the basics learned.

The course includes the basic tasks of the company set up, creation of employee records and calculation of gross pay but moves on to more more advanced tasks such as statutory payments, automatic enrolment and HMRC submissions.

Course content

  • Set up company accounts, generate employee records and complete basic daily payroll functions
  • Calculate gross pay and process real-time information payments, as well as statutory sick, maternity and holiday pay
  • Process automatic pension enrolment
  • Process automatic pension enrolment and payments
  • Create reports for HMRC

Upon completion you will be awarded a Computerised payroll level two certificate of completion from the CIPP and Sage.

Delivery, duration and assessment

All course materials and activities are provided online enabling you to study at times and locations that are convenient for you. 

You will also receive:

  • Access to Sage 50 Payroll software for six months (RRP £500)
  • Enrolment on to the Sage Qualifications e-learning Portal, where you will be able to access all online learning materials, including formative and practice simulations.

The course usually requires four hours of study per week for a period of six to eight weeks. Initially, you have access to the software and portal for six months, but this can be extended for a small additional cost.

You will complete self-assessments and a practice test, followed by a final online assessment.

Technical requirements


You do not need any specialist software to complete the course satisfactorily. You will however need to have:


  • An email address: For information security reasons, you must use a named email account, as we cannot create an account for generic email addresses (e.g. info@cipp.org.uk)
  • An up-to-date internet browser: To access the CIPP e-learning portal (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Up-to-date Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Software (please check with your IT department if in doubt)
  • A regularly updated virus checker

Booking information

For more information please email admin@cipp.org.uk or call us on 0121 712 1063.

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date.

Login details will be sent by close of business on the day the course starts.