NZPPA Certificate in Payroll Management


The NZPPA Certificate in Payroll Management is an entry level management qualification (based on NZPPA standards) for payroll professionals that have the responsibility for managing payroll functions, payroll personnel, implement change, managing projects and reporting payroll information to management.
The qualification has been designed for people with senior level experience in payroll wanting to gain an entry-level management qualification in the payroll field.
The certificate course is conducted through the NZPPA eLearning environment. Participants will need access to a multimedia computer with a good broadband connection.


Programme is conducted over 4 months but is flexible so it can do it sooner or extended if more time is needed (asking for an extension).

Course Content

This programme provides participants with the skills to achieve competency in the managing a payroll function, through effective management of activities and staff.
This programme provides participants with the skills to achieve competency in the planning, setup, processing and basic management of payroll.
The course content is designed to be assessed through practical application, by undertaking self-directed learning with support. It is a requirement that participants manage at least 2 staff, or have access to manage other staff to be able to apply practical elements of the course.

Please note:

  • If you are not currently working in payroll you will not be able to undertake this course as you would not be able to meet the evidence requirements of the NZPPA assessments.
  • No payroll information is forwarded to NZPPA as part of this course. Participants will need to have a verifier in the workplace that signs off that the work shown to them is the participants and that it meets organisation requirements.

The programme consists of four modules (over four months, one module a month):

Module 1: Managing Payroll Staff
Module 2: Managing the Payroll Function
Module 3: Developing A Best Practice Payroll Function
Module 4: Payroll Measures and Auditing

A range of NZPPA payroll standard assessments are conducted online during the modules along with skill checks throughout the course. These are forwarded to be assessed by NZPPA payroll assessors.


All learning and assessment material (available through the eLearning environment).
The course facilitator provides on-going support between training sessions and assessment of all workplace assessments.

Once successfully completed the participant will receive The NZPPA Certificate in Payroll Management and accreditation as a Professional NZPPA practitioner (PNZPPA).

Member Price: NZ$1,500.00 + GST
Non-member Price: NZ$2,000.00 + GST

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