Diploma in Payroll Management

Gain a Diploma to match your experience, and become a Certified Payroll Practitioner!

Gain the Payroll knowledge you need to stand out from the crowd with our accredited Diploma in Payroll. This advanced online course takes approximately 200 hours to complete and combines six qualifications into one. It will further enhance your payroll skills, enabling you to pursue a career in the payroll sector as a Payroll Manager or Senior Payroll Officer. You will also receive a FREE 12 month membership to the New Zealand Payroll Practitioners Association.

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Key Benefits

  • Get a FREE 12-month membership to NZPPA on completion valued at $325!
  • Gain an employer recognised Diploma in Payroll
  • Learn the fundamentals of payroll legislation, payroll software and administration as well as the key aspects of personnel management, and successful leadership
  • Increase your job prospects or move forward in your career
  • Complete your studies online, at your own pace and receive unlimited tutor support

Receive the following FREE eBooks

  • Payroll: A practical Guide to Payroll Administration
  • Essential New Zealand Employment Legislation

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What our students say

★★★★★ "I found it affordable and could do it online as I work full-time." Hendriena Pienaar

★★★★★ "The course is great, I like being able to study from home!" Chelzie Mischewski

Course Summary

Investment: $1,795 + GST or only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan.

Assessments: Case studies, quizzes, written assessments and practical exercises

Duration:  200 hours. Maximum of twelve months

Career Academy Level: 6

Delivery and support: This course is delivered online with tutor support by phone and email.

This course is designed for: Individuals seeking or currently in a payroll position wanting to move into a senior role or those hoping to hit the ground running in a new career in payroll.

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Our Diploma in Payroll Management covers six modules

Certificate in Payroll Administration

  • Different types of employees (i.e casual, part time, full time, contractors)
  • Payroll legislation, PAYE and other tax obligations
  • Annual leave, sick leave, bereavement leave and parental leave entitlements
  • Deductions – student loans, child support, court fines
  • Allowances paid to employees
  • KiwiSaver
  • ACC – what you have to do if an employee is injured at work
  • Inland revenue penalties
  • Payroll software solutions including Xero Payroll
  • Payroll Intermediaries, Inland Revenue subsidies

Certificate in Xero Payroll

  • Setting up Xero Payroll, including creating payroll calendar reminders and managing annual leave
  • Adding payroll items, including earning rates and leave types, pre and post-tax deductions
  • Employee time recording and pay adjustments
  • Annual leave and holiday pay calculations
  • KiwiSaver and employer superannuation schemes (employer and employee contributions)
  • Processing and approving pay runs
  • Creating payroll and PAYE returns for Inland Revenue
  • Customising payroll reports and payslips, including Xero Payroll tips and tricks

Certificate in MYOB Payroll


  • Payroll fundamentals
  • Understanding payroll legislation
  • Exploring MYOB Payroll, tips and tricks
  • Setting up an MYOB Payroll file
  • Setting up employees and employment details
  • Employee pay defaults
  • Processing pays
  • Annual leave, other leave and holiday pay balances
  • Preparing payroll reports
  • Pay history and password security

4. Certificate in SmartPayroll*

*Only complete this if you have already completed the Xero or MYOB Payroll course in another enrolment.

There are three payroll solutions available for you to choose from. You must complete two of these Payroll Solutions to complete the Diploma. The Certificate in SmartPayroll has been provided as an alternative where students have previously completed either the Certificate in Xero Payroll or the Certificate in MYOB Payroll.

Certificate in Budgeting & Financial Management

  • Describe and evaluate the core accounting principles including the accounting equation
  • Discuss and analyse a general journal, with a focus on accounts payable and receivable
  • Explain and generate the trial balance for a client
  • Prepare and analyse financial statements, including profit and loss/balance sheet
  • Prepare and analyse balance day adjustments, including accruals and prepayments, and provide recommendations on findings
  • Analyse financial data to assist in cash flow management practices and determine business profitability

Certificate in Personnel Management & HR

  • Human behaviour
  • Workplace communications
  • Workplace conditions
  • Controlling Operations
  • Recruitment and Induction
  • Staff training
  • Work teams
  • Positive Discipline
  • Grievances and Complaints
  • Monitoring and Reporting

Certificate in Leadership & Team Building

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication Skills
  • Team Building
  • Systematic and Lateral Thinking


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