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This online qualification allows individuals to develop and formalise payroll knowledge and skills. Whilst studying at home, students progress to applying complex legislation and contractual obligations to enable accurate administration of payroll services.



Who is this certificate aimed at?

Payroll administrators, payroll coordinators and payroll officers who work in a payroll bureau, accountancy firm or in-house payroll team will all benefit from completing this industry-recognised qualification.

This course is also suitable for HR and finance professions who have assumed responsibility for the payroll department but need a hands-on comprehension of how payroll figures and forms are produced.

Why should you invest in this certificate?

Having fully trained payroll administrators is vital for organisations to ensure they remain compliant with the increasing amount of regulations and legislation which impacts on the day to day running of the payroll department.

Designed for those new to payroll, or those who wish to improve their working knowledge of payroll processes, this qualification covers the core skills required to administer the payroll function. From calculating gross pay and identifying the differences between taxable and NICable pay, the course covers in-depth the methodologies for the manual calculation of PAYE income tax, NICs, student loan deductions and statutory payments.

Each module offers comprehensive learning materials; links to a range of external material; and knowledge tests associated with these topics. The key subject matter is further enriched with digital online learning tutorials as well as interactive scenario-based exercises, which enable students to apply their new-found knowledge and skills through realistic scenarios. This variety of learning mediums provides a complete developmental experience which enhances ready application in the workplace, to the benefit of student and employer alike.

Significant investment has been recently provided to further enhance the digital applications this qualification offers. Available from April 2020, this revamped product offers the latest in digital learning experiences available to the aspiring payroll professional.

On completion of this course, you will have the knowledge required to enable you to efficiently and accurately handle the variety of issues encountered when processing payrolls.


  • Ascertaining gross pay
    • Classifying taxable and NICable pay elements
    • Calculating pay apportionments correctly
  • Processing deductions
    • Ascertaining what makes a deduction from pay lawful
    • Classifying the three types of deductions
    • Distinguishing deductions which affect taxable and NICable pay
    • The administrative considerations for voluntary deductions
  • Calculating National Insurance Contributions
    • Recognising the names and current amounts of NIC thresholds
    • Listing the current rates of NICs for each category letter
    • Identifying the correct NI category letter for employees
    • Calculating NICs using the exact percentage method
    • Calculating NICs using the Table method
  • Identifying different tax codes
    • Identifying circumstances which warrant 'emergency tax codes'
    • Categorising different tax codes
    • Distinguishing Scottish tax codes
  • Calculating income tax
    • Identifying the different allowances available
    • Navigating through pay adjustment table A
    • Calculating income tax using the table method
    • Calculating income tax using the manual method
    • Awareness of circumstances where tax refunds may be processed
  • Administering starters and leavers correctly
    • Listing information required for processing starters & leavers
    • Completing forms P45 and New Starter Checklist correctly
  • Pensions
    • Overview of different types of pension schemes
    • Identify the different tax relief mechanisms for pension contributions
  • Student loan deductions
    • Identify employees liable to student loan deductions
    • Distinguish the different student loan repayment plans
    • Calculate Student loan deductions
  • Court orders
    • Define attachable earnings
    • Identify the different array of court orders
    • Distinguishing court orders from arrestment orders
  • HMRC remittances
    • Administer remittances due to HMRC accurately
    • Recognise the statutory payment offset amounts
    • Summarising the key features of apprentice levy
    • Explaining the purpose and employer eligibility for the employment allowance
  • Statutory payment compliance
    • Overview of HMRC’s compliance role with statutory payments
    • Outlining the arbitration route with statutory payment decisions
  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
    • Determining employees eligible for SSP
    • Interpreting periods of incapacity to work, qualifying days and waiting days
    • Calculating SSP payments
    • Outlining record keeping requirements for SSP
  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
    • Determining employees eligible for SMP
    • Interpreting week baby due, qualifying weeks and employment start dates
    • Calculating SMP payments
    • Identifying contractual considerations for employees on maternity leave
    • Outlining record keeping requirements for SMP
  • Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
    • Determining employees eligible for SAP
    • Calculating SAP payments
  • Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)
    • Determining employees eligible for SPP
    • Calculating SPP payments
  • Shared Parental Pay (ShPP)
    • Overview of the principles of ShPP
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP)
    • Determining employees eligible for SPBP
    • Calculating SPBP payments


Online delivery

The online qualification is delivered through our online learning platform permitting students a more flexible study pattern. Students will work through a series of interactive activities and quizzes supported by detailed study material. They may track their understanding through undertaking knowledge-check assessments before progressing to the next section. The qualification concludes with a two-part assessment comprising of a timed question-based test, followed by a set of scenario-based exercises which require the student to prove competence with manual payroll calculations. 

Successful completion of this qualification demonstrates competency and understanding of payroll administration and is also representative of the work students undertake in real-life payroll administration.

Payroll Technician Certificate - ONLINE DELIVERY

Member and non-member rate: £1,595 + VAT*

Price includes:

  • Online provision through the CIPPs student website
  • Allocation of a tutor to support you through your studies

Prices valid until 30 June 2021

Case study - ActivPayroll

The CIPP is committed to providing industry-leading education products and services to enable payroll professionals at all levels the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills. One qualification we provide is our Payroll Technician Certificate (PTC), which allows those with little payroll experience or who are new to the industry to begin to develop and formalise their payroll knowledge.

Our course is highly regarded throughout the payroll industry. One example of this is from activpayroll's Dubai based team, who recently completed our PTC certification. We spoke to their Payroll operations manager, Kimberly Morrison, who shared her thoughts from her and her team, who completed the PTC recently.

When asked, "Why was it important for your team in Dubai to complete the Payroll Technician Certificate?" Kimberly responded, "to gain an all-round knowledge of UK payroll rather than depending on the Payroll engine and experienced colleagues in the team." Showing that our online certificate can be accessed and helpful from anywhere in the world. 

Kimberly came across the qualification for the first time when herself and the company team located in Aberdeen, UK, completed the certification. After completion, Kimberly thought it would be a great opportunity to improve the team members' competency levels in our Middle East office. She hoped that the course would provide the team with a lot more knowledge on the UK legislation for all Statutory payments and deductions. 

When we asked Kimberly, "why is it important for activpayroll to ensure that their employees are trained to a high standard?" she responded with "By improving our employees' competency levels, we are reinforcing the message that the employees are the company and they are critical to the success of the organisation." We are also providing them the necessary tools with which they can deliver a top-class service to our customers. Due to Kimberly completing the course previously with other colleagues, she knows the benefits it will bring to her team by enrolling them on the certificate. She wants to give activpayroll's customers the best experience possible and will be doing that now the team have completed the CIPP's PTC.

She also added that the team found the qualification "tough, but enjoyable and raised a lot of debate amongst the team." Any qualification will have its challenges, but our highly qualified CIPP tutors will be with you every step of the way when completing our Payroll Technician Certificate. 

Finally, Kimberly was asked, "What would your advice be to others who were thinking of completing the PTC remotely?" She responded by saying, "Make sure you are completing it in a quiet time of the payroll month and in a place, you can concentrate at a high level, also ensuring the flexibility of the course being taught for different time zones."

So, what are you waiting for? Enrol onto the CIPP's Payroll Technician Certificate today and receive the knowledge required to enable you to efficiently and accurately handle the variety of issues encountered when processing payroll. 

*Please note that ActivPayroll studied the Face to Face option of the PTC.


Once successfully completed you may choose to progress to year one of the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management or year two via the Foundation Degree Access Course.