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Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF)

Learn the basics of computerised payroll processing to enhance your employability, progress your career or start running the payroll in your own business.


  Nine - twelve weeks (approx)
  Payroll or finance administrators
  Level one

Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF)

Enhance your employability, progress your career or start running the payroll in your own business by learning the basics of computerised payroll processing plus more advanced topics.


  Nine - twelve weeks (approx)
  Payroll or finance administrators
  Level two

Payroll Technician Certificate

An accurate payroll service requires you to understand complex legislation. This online certificate allows those with little payroll experience to begin to develop and formalise their payroll knowledge.


  26 weeks
  Payroll administrators
  Level three

Certificate in Pensions Administration

Today’s UK pension legislation is complex, and this certificate sets out to ensure that your teams have a broad understanding of the UK’s pension schemes, including automatic enrolment.


  Nine months
  Pensions administrators/assistants
  Level three

Foundation Degree Access Course

This online course prepares those who have completed the Payroll Technician Certificate, or Certificate in Pensions Administration or have at least two years experience, who wish to progress to a higher level of study.


  Six weeks (approx)
  Payroll administrators/assistants
  Level four

Foundation Degree in Payroll Management

This qualification sets out to ensure an in-depth understanding of payroll, and the complex payroll legislation involved, and also provides management skills including performance, time, project and operational management.


  Three year duration
  New team leader or existing manager
  Level four - five

Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management

This qualification sets out to ensure an in-depth understanding of the Local Government Pension Scheme (England and Wales) whilst providing management skills including time project and operational management.


  Three year duration
  New team leader or existing manager
  Level four - five

MSc in Strategic Leadership

The MSc in Strategic Leadership is designed for payroll and pensions professionals who want to build on their industry knowledge and skills, and take their capabilities to a strategic leadership level to add value to their organisations.


  Three years
  Payroll, pensions, reward and HR managers
  Level seven

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.

In-house learning

In-house delivery of training courses and qualifications offers organisations the option to train groups of employees at reduced rates

Help and guidance

Help, guidance and advice for both individuals, and employers supporting learners through their studies.

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Also of interest

CIPP Membership

Membership of the CIPP offers many benefits to help advance your career in payroll, pension and rewards.

Events

Our comprehensive programme provides a wide range of events throughout the year providing something for everyone. The CIPP policy team speak at many of our events, providing updates on changes to legislation.

Payroll training courses

Take a look at the payroll, pensions and reward training courses available from the CIPP and how they can help you.