Certificate in Payroll Practice

Three day duration

The course gives students an understanding of payroll calculations and reporting such as calculating tax and NI or processing deductions from pay.


  • New people in payroll who want to understand what payroll software does for them and those who need the ability to calculate or check calculations manually
  • Those working in HR and finance with responsibility for advising employees and calculating company reimbursements
  • Staff with some payroll experience looking to further their knowledge
  • Individuals who are considering enrolling on the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management at year two and want to refresh their knowledge on the fundamentals of day to day payroll operations


  • Those who require an introduction to payroll or to refresh your skills leading to improved knowledge and confidence within your role
  • Greater understanding of how payroll should be administered to comply with legislation
  • Reduced risks of compliance penalties, especially in relation to PAYE reporting
  • Convenience of certificate timing, giving the student flexibility relating to start dates and fitting around workload


Day one - Introduction to PAYE and NIC

Provides a solid grounding in core payroll skills with content including:

  • UK PAYE and NIC processes
  • Starters and leavers
  • Treatment of gross pay
  • Calculation of PAYE and NIC

Day two - Introduction to Statutory Payments

Concentrates on the complex rules of SMP, SPP, SAP, SSP and associated leave and covers:

  • Time off for antenatal appointments
  • Statutory maternity pay
  • Statutory maternity leave
  • Statutory adoption pay and leave
  • Statutory ordinary and additional paternity leave and pay
  • Shared parental leave and pay

Day three - Essential Additions to Basic payroll

Focuses on the interaction between payroll and other internal and external bodies and deductions that can be taken from pay in addition to PAYE and NICs. For delegates with knowledge of PAYE/NICs and statutory payments, it completes the core basic knowledge requirements of the payroll office and includes:

  • Basic payroll obligations
  • Payroll function
  • Pensions overview
  • Attachment of Earnings Order
  • Jury service
  • Remittances and end of year obligations


This three day certificate is delivered via classroom learning by our highly experienced qualified tutors, with a step by step approach in an easy to follow manner. During the day practical exercises will be completed with assistance being given where needed.


CIPP member rate: £1088 + VAT (3 days)

Non-members: £1223 + VAT (3 days) 

What do my fees include?

  • Comprehensive study material provided at the course
  • A level three Certificate in Payroll Processes (upon successful completion of all three National Payroll Certificates)
  • Lunch and refreshments at the training courses
  • Trial membership* of the CIPP for six months following attendance of your first learning day, providing you with access to:
  • Two enquiries to the CIPP’s technical Advisory Service helpline
  • Online Professional in Payroll, Pensions and Reward magazine
  • News On Line e-newsletter distributed with the latest news, updates and legislation


Bookings are online throughtout the year. Alternatively email education@cipp.org.uk for more information.

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