Human Resources with Payroll

Human Resources with Payroll

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Arnprior Campus
Ottawa Campus
On Campus ,   Online
Program Length:
47 weeks
Diploma Issued:

Earn Your Diploma In Human Resources With A Focus On Payroll

The Willis College Human Resources with Payroll diploma program gives you the skills you need to get a job fast. Companies are always looking for competent Human Resources Assistants with bookkeeping and payroll expertise. Success in today’s business world depends on having capable, well-rounded employees who can multi-task to meet a variety of challenges. Acquire two of the most sought-after career skills and set yourself apart with a skills-oriented business diploma through our 47-week Human Resources and Payroll program.

Is this program right for you?

Our Human Resources with Payroll program offered at our Ottawa campus and Arnprior campus is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who works well in a team atmosphere excels at problem-solving and is passionate about communications
  • A mature student with previous job experience looking to enhance and develop new or existing skills 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
  • Someone looking for a hands-on, skills-oriented Human Resources
  • Someone looking for a hands-on, skills-oriented Payroll course
Students in this HR program get a solid base of business, payroll and HR training to help them succeed in their new careers!

Total program length is 47 weeks
35 instructional weeks, 8 weeks practicum placement
Up to 4 weeks in breaks

Our Ottawa campus is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Job Market

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

  • Human Resources & Recruitment Officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Administrative Officer
  • Accounting Technician & Bookkeeper
  • Accounting & Related Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Clerk
  • Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Clerks

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $16.50
High Wage ($/hr) – $20.85
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 1211, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1411, 1431, 1441
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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 I

    This course will help the student 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 the emphasis on improving basic skills in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, and apply these skills to writing assignments and tasks.
  • Business Communications II - Written Communication I

    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 Communication - 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 - Oral Presentation I

    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

    Our Career Management program will introduce and allow students to apply the most effective strategies to achieve employment in the career of their choice. Topics covered include effective job search strategies, cover letter and strategic resume writing, effective interviewing skills, and interview preparation.
  • Change Management

    Change management is a vital part of every organization. Understanding how change impacts people, how to manage anticipated and unexpected change, and supporting staff through those changes can define an organization. In this 40 hour course students will gain an understanding of the theories of change management, what change management could look like in an organization and the strategies to manage change.
  • 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 students 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 and 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, equipment, and intangible assets.
  • Human Resources Management I

    This course will provide a comprehensive overview of modern day personnel and human resource management, and will introduce the diverse components of Human Resource functions and their role in the current business environment. Topics covered include Business Environments, Job Analysis and Design, Human Resource Planning, Meeting Legal Requirements, Compensation and Benefits, Employees Rights, Employee Safety and Representation, and Challenges in Human Resource Management both globally and domestically.
  • 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 introduces 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. In addition, students will also learn how to calculate and record the employer’s share of deductions.
  • Payroll II - Intermediate

    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 learn how to process transactions, create reports and graphs, and use the QuickBooks employee centre.
  • Practicum Placement

    Our Placement Department works with you to arrange suitable hosting by a corporation, or a public or non-profit organization that conducts typical Canadian business practices. In your Practicum term, you could perform or job shadow a combination of the skills and knowledge acquired in your program.
  • 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 learn how to process transactions, create reports and graphs, and use the QuickBooks employee centre.
  • Recruitment and Retention

    In the current competitive job market, it is essential for companies to effectively identify and select candidates who not only meet the knowledge, skills and abilities required, but also candidates that are a strong organizational fit. With heavy investments in training the right candidates, companies strive to create environments that retain and retrain. 
  • 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.
  • Taxation- Personal I

    This course will introduce students to personal income tax using taxation forms and schedules.
I left Willis College with a new-found confidence and a full-time job with a reputable company. I feel like there are endless opportunities for me now and I have a bright future ahead of me with a challenging and rewarding career. Willis College was one of the best decisions of my life. Laura Willey Willis College

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