Payroll clerks are an important part of any company and therefore must be properly trained for multiple environments. Before choosing a program, a prospective student must make some important decisions.
Schools with Payroll Certificate Programs
While many schools provide programs to prepare payroll clerks, below are some of the most reputable.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|California State University - East Bay||Hayward, CA||4-year, Public||$1,825*|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||$3,136*|
|Curry College||Milton, MA||4-year, Private||$895*|
|Lorain County Community College||Elyria, OH||2-year, Public||$2,122*|
|Kennesaw State University||Kennesaw, GA||4-year, Public||$1,299*|
|Shoreline Community College||Shoreline, WA||2-year, Public||$2,883*|
|San Jacinto Community College||Pasadena, CA||2-year, Public||$1,313*|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||$2,664**|
|Florida State College - Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||$2,830**|
Source: *School websites, **NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Typical coursework covers bookkeeping principles, employment taxes and an introduction to accounting software. Considerations when choosing a school:
- Students with aspirations to extend their education to an associate or bachelor's degree program might want to consider a certificate program that offers transferable college credits.
- Although not generally required for employment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that graduates of a certificate program or those with professional certification may find more favorable job opportunities.
- Some schools offer the program partially or wholly online, which may work better for those on a fixed schedule.
- Certificate programs for payroll clerks may range in duration from a single month to a year. Students should research how in-depth each program goes into the field before committing to a shorter program.
Overview of Certificate Programs for Payroll Clerks
Applicants to certificate programs usually need only a high school diploma or GED. Students learn keyboarding, computer and basic math skills. Lessons also expose students to employment tax laws, financial services and the use of specific office equipment. A few programs may include instruction on specific accounting and business software, such as QuickBooks. Some schools may also offer job placement services for graduates.
When deciding on a payroll clerk certificate program, interested individuals must consider location, time commitment, and future career goals. Most programs provide training on accounting, tax, and bookkeeping.