Accounting and Payroll Technician

Accounting and Payroll Technician

Take the next step towards your new career

Find out more information about start dates, requirements, tuition & financial aid

Get More Information
Online Campus
Winnipeg Campus
,   Online
Program Length:
32 weeks
Diploma Issued:

Become An Accounting And Payroll Technician

Start a fast-track career in Accounting and Payroll in only 32 weeks! Are you are organized, focused, and detail-orientated? If so, then a rewarding career in Accounting and Payroll could be perfect for you. Training in Accounting and Payroll can open a wide range of career opportunities. Finance professionals work in almost every industry from non-profit to high finance. The 32-week course material starts with the basics and moves to more advanced content covering Microsoft Office Applications, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Payroll, Business Communications, and Career Management. Whether you choose a career in payroll, accounting, bookkeeping, or finance, Willis College trains you for future success.

Is this program right for you?

This diploma program provides you with a well-rounded exposure to the professional business environment through Accounting and Payroll Technician courses that offer hands-on training. This accounting training helps you develop practical business knowledge appropriate for a wide range of careers. With hands-on training with our program, you are job-ready the moment you graduate. Our diploma program contains general business courses, bookkeeping courses, payroll courses, Simply Accounting, and QuickBooks software training.

If you are interested in pursuing a professional business career and want to join the workforce with experience within a year, the Accounting & Payroll Technician program from Willis College could be perfect for you.
This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who works well with numbers and excels at problem-solving and is detail-oriented
  • A mature student who has previous job experience looking to enhance and develop new or existing skills that are relevant to today’s job market
  • A recent graduate who wants to specialize in an emerging and in-demand business field
  • Someone who wants to fast-track to a new and exciting career in business

Total program length is 32 weeks

Our Winnipeg, Manitoba campus is registered with the Manitoba Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration as a Private Vocational Institution under the PVI Act.

Get your questions answered

The best way to get all of your questions answered is to request a personal information session with one of our Student Admissions Advisors. Click below to get started

Book a personal information session

Job Market

Successful graduates of this program may pursue a wide variety of interesting and rewarding professions, including:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Customer Services Representative – Financial Services
  • Administrative Clerk
  • Accounting and Related Clerks
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $22.00
High Wage ($/hr) – $35.00
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 1241, 1311, 1431 ,1432
Source: &

Why Choose Online Learning

Welcome To Willis College Online. A Different Way To Learn.

Online learning is broken. The traditional online learning model of sending a student their learning materials and expecting them to complete things alone each week doesn’t work. Students feel alone, not sure if they are doing things right, constantly feel the pressure of feeling behind in their work, and the goal of graduating and finding a career seems far off in the distance. To fix this problem, we have taken an entirely different approach to how online learning is done. Willis College Online is bringing the benefits of learning on-campus right into your home.

What makes Willis College Online different?

  • Learn 100% online: Each online program is delivered 100% online with freedom in your schedule as to when you want to learn.
  • Instructor-led program: You will have the choice to either attend live lectures each day online or watch later on-demand. As well, since each lecture is recorded, you will have the ability to go back and review the materials taught by your instructor.
  • Instructor-paced program: You don’t need to worry if you are falling behind. Your instructor keeps you on pace to graduate on time
  • Live daily instructor access: Your instructor maintains regularly scheduled office hours to help you with any concepts or material
  • Mandatory weekly group Q&A sessions with your instructor: This allows your learning cohort a chance to interact with one another and the instructor to get questions answered weekly
  • Finish in under a year: Successful students will graduate in under a year
  • Career support from day one: One-on-one employment & practicum support for graduating student
  • Learn from anywhere in Canada: Our number one goal is to help you prepare for the right career no matter where you live in Canada

Willis College Online is the newest and easiest way to get started towards your new career. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Take the next step and speak to one of our Admissions Advisors today.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:
Canadian High School diploma or equivalent. Willis College Admission’s Team uses the Wonderlic assessment tool.

For Mature Students:
If you don’t have a High School Diploma, we have admissions options specifically for you depending on which province you are in enrolling. Please contact us to see how our Admissions Team can help you achieve your new career.

Program Outline

Please click on the course title to see the course description.

  • Business Communications I - English Essentials

    This course will help students develop the communication skills necessary to function in a professional business setting. There will be a review of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation as they apply to business communication. Students will complete various exercises with an emphasis on improving basic skills in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, and apply these skills to writing assignments and tasks.
  • Business Communications II

    This course is designed to help students develop strategies that will make writing clear, concise, and efficient. These in-depth writing techniques are a continuation of Business Communications I - English Essentials. Students will learn to express themselves more easily and with more confidence by applying the principles of good writing. Throughout the course, there will also be an emphasis on developing effective writing and editing techniques.
  • Business Communications III

    This subject has three areas of study: Presentation Skills, Facilitative Management, and Interpersonal Communications. Students will learn how to create and deliver effective oral presentations. They will also be introduced to interpersonal problem-solving skills through effective listening and responding skills.
  • Career Management

    The Career Management seminar introduces and enables students to apply the most effective strategies to achieve employment in the career of their choice. This program helps students develop learning skills and effective study skills, as well as memory and stress management to ensure success after graduation. The Career Management training provides students with effective job search strategies, cover letter and strategic resume writing, effective interviewing skills, and interview preparation to ensure success in their career search process. Our Career Services Team has access to a network of thousands of employers to generate job opportunities and aid in student career searches.
  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals

    Digital marketing has become the primary channel for businesses large and small to communicate with prospective customers. Digital Marketing Fundamentals lays the groundwork for students to understand how online and offline marketing methods work together to deliver results. Students will learn the terms and concepts used in the industry and how they are applied in practical situations.
  • Financial Accounting I – Accounting Fundamentals

    This course will introduce the student to accounting practices and their applications in business. Students will learn accounting terminology, fundamental accounting principles, and basic accounting functions such as using accounts and preparing basic financial statements.
  • Financial Accounting II - The Accounting Cycle

    This course builds on the accounting principles introduced in Financial Accounting I while introducing students to the completion of an entire accounting cycle. Students will learn how to set up and maintain special journals, including subsidiary Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable ledgers. Cash controls and accounting for GST/HST will also be introduced.
  • Financial Accounting III - Special Journals & Reporting

    Using knowledge gained in Financial Accounting I & II, this course will focus on the practical application of accounting skills. Topics include the accrual method of accounting, the cash method of accounting, inventory systems, and the accounting cycle for merchandising business.
  • Financial Accounting IV - Asset Accounting

    Using knowledge gained in Financial Accounting I, II, and III, this course will focus on the practical application of accounting skills. Topics include accounting for bad debts; property, plant, and equipment; and intangible assets. Students are introduced to the Statement of Cash Flows and financial reporting analysis.
  • Microsoft Excel

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will have achieved a core level competency of the Microsoft Excel application. Topics include creating worksheets, formulas, functions, charts, formatting, analysis, templates, and working with multiple worksheets and workbooks.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will have achieved a basic level competency of the Microsoft PowerPoint application. Topics include creating slides, formatting slides, transitions, animations, and delivery.
  • Microsoft Windows & 0utlook

    This course provides students with the skills needed to work with the Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Outlook. Students will learn to use the tools and options available in the Windows operating system, manage folders and files, and work with some of the built-in applications. The Microsoft Outlook portion will provide students with the skills to compose and send emails, schedule appointments and meetings, manage contact information, and schedule tasks.
  • Microsoft Word

    Students will be introduced to word processing using Microsoft Word. Topics include creating, saving, printing, opening documents, using reveal codes, formatting, mail merge, file management, and tables.
  • Payroll I – Introduction

    This course will introduce payroll fundamentals, including an examination of government legislation affecting payroll. Students will learn how to calculate and record gross pay, CPP deductions, EI deductions, Income Tax deductions, and net pay. Students will also learn how to calculate and record the employer’s share of deductions.
  • Payroll II – Intermediate

    This course will continue to build on the concepts introduced in Payroll l. Topics include remittance requirements relating to CPP, EI and Income Tax, record of employment preparation, annual T4 and T4 summary filing requirements, and Workers’ Compensation obligations.
  • Personal Taxation

    This course introduces personal income tax using taxation forms and schedules.
  • Practicum

    Upon successfully completing all academic and financial commitments of the program, the student will be hosted by a company in the student's region. During their four-week Practicum Placement, each student will perform/job shadow.
  • QuickBooks with Payroll I

    In this course, students will be introduced to QuickBooks accounting software for small business activities. Students will learn how to set up new companies, use data files, set up new vendors and customers, and use QuickBooks lists. Students will also learn how to process transactions, create reports and graphs, and use the QuickBooks employee centre.
  • Sage Simply Accounting with Payroll I

    In this course, students will learn how to set up and interact with different ledgers in Simply Accounting/Sage 50 to support small business activities. Students will be able to handle General Ledgers, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll transactions.
  • Strategic Web Design

    Website design is undergoing a radical change in how sites are built and how they are viewed. With a need to be viewable on everything from large screens to the smallest phones, newer methods to deliver and display increasingly complex sites have been created. Students will gain an understanding of these changes and how digital marketing professionals are adapting.
Willis College gave me the tools and skills necessary to make my transition to P.S.W a very successful one. Very professional teachers and enrollment staff. Thank you Willis College. Pat Donahue Personal Support Worker

Take the First Step in Your Career

Fill in the form below to receive more information about our programs.

I agree to receive future communications from Willis College and understand I may opt out at any point in the future.
100% Privacy Guaranteed