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Become A Certified Payroll Professional

How To Become A Certified Payroll Professional

Payroll jobs are among the most common jobs in the United States. Individuals with payroll jobs are responsible for collecting and processing employee hours, wages, and other compensation for companies and organizations. They also are responsible for processing company payroll taxes, collecting government social security taxes, and handling reporting requirements.

Suppose you're working in a payroll job or are considering a career in payroll. In that case, you may be wondering if there are any certifications for payroll professionals - and what benefits the certificates provide. Although not all payroll workers are certified, certified payroll professionals do exist, and they provide a lot of the payroll work in large companies and government organizations. In this article, we will be discussing how to become payroll certified and grow your career in HR.

What Does A Certified Payroll Professional Do?

Certified payroll professionals are hired by accounting or human resources (HR) departments to help them develop its payroll procedure, manage legal and tax requirements, or carry out other bookkeeping responsibilities. Some additional responsibilities include:
  • Properly "classify" workers
  • Calculate gross pay and properly make deductions
  • Apply exemptions
  • Correctly identify, pay, and withhold taxes for employees
  • Administer deferred compensation, cafeteria plan, sick pay, and other compensation
  • Handle stock options, expense reimbursements, relocation, and other "expenses"
  • Follow the proper policies, procedures, and documentation requirements for garnishments and levies
  • Prepare and manage payments to employees, including direct deposits and physical checks
  • Handle payroll-related queries and issues in collaboration with staff members and HR personnel
  • Manage a payroll team for a human resources or accounting department
  • Properly complete and file all required reporting requirements
If this is something that you'd like to do, particularly if you're a payroll professional who wants to do them at a higher level, here are the steps you need to take to get your certified payroll professional certification.

Steps To Becoming A Certified Payroll Professional

If you've never worked in payroll and are trying to land a payroll job, you might feel like you don't know enough even to get that first job! Similarly, you may have some experience working in payroll, but want to grow your knowledge with additional training.

Fortunately, we have a solution for both: our Certified Payroll Administrator certification! This certification will give you the fundamentals needed to perform payroll tasks at a high level while proving to prospective employers that you're the right one for the job.

Learn more here: Payroll Certificates

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