Seneca College to launch new finance program



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Robin Hemmingsen, left, the chair of Seneca College’s accounting and finance program, and Ramona Girdauskas, a professor in the department, say the college’s new two-year payroll management program was created out of necessity. The program starts in the fall.

Seneca College’s School of Accounting and Finance will launch a new two-year program in payroll management this fall. Students will graduate with a diploma.

“Our program makes a well-rounded individual that can move up in an organization,” says Robin Hemmingsen, the school of Accounting and Finance’s chair.

It is ideal for someone out of high school, for professionals trained outside of Canada or even for adults who would like to enter this field, she adds.

Students will complete the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certificate that is distributed through the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

Students will also complete three of the five required courses needed for the Certified Payroll Manager Certification (CPM) with the CPA. Students will also have the choice of completing a cooperative education work term.

For three of the four compulsory courses in the Payroll Compliance Practitioner certificate, students will use material that comes from the Canadian Payroll Association. Hemmingsen says this is a strategic step taken by the school. Once they’ve passed the course’s exam, then the student’s credit received in the course is also recognized by the CPA.

The program was created out of necessity, says Ramona Girdauskas, a professor in the department.

“There is a need for well-rounded individuals in the area,” she says, adding because of the specialization in payroll courses, entry level jobs tend to offer more money in terms of pay.

The first semester of the program’s courses are common to those in the school’s business program. This is another strategy of the school, says Hemmingsen, so if students are unhappy, they can transfer into the business program and receive credit for their completed courses.

Hemmingsen says courses will be offered in the day as well as in the evening. The program will cost students roughly $2,020 annually. Students will be required to also join the CPA. Hemmingsen says the school is prepared to admit up to 70 students into the program.

Students who wish to apply can do so by visiting Seneca College’s website at The application process in based on a first come, first served basis, and is open until the program is full.