ADMN1016 – 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.

Rated 4.85 out of 5 based on 33 customer ratings
(33 customer reviews)
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33 reviews for ADMN1016 – Diploma in Payroll Management

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dominique Elliot

    I am enjoying the course, the course content is bringing back lots of memories from my high school Accounting course, so quite familiar and not too scary!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jodi Czepanski

    I loved being able to do things in my own time. Not having time constraints took the pressure off and funnily enough meant I did things quicker than I probably would if I had been working to absolute deadlines. Nothing

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Bragg

    The never ending support via any means possible, wouldnt change a thing an amazing dedicated team who are focused on HELPING people achieve their dreams

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sherridan Jerret

    That I could pay weekly, and in manageable amounts. This puts education within reach of all of us, especially those on minimal wages. Sub titles to videos, and enough time to read them.I have Audio Processing Disorder and have done most of my tertiary education by correspondence (Diplomas at Open Poly). I paid for the written notes, only to find errors and that they were out of date, and of course they still related to those damm videos!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amber Wilkes

    The quality of the physical notes, it looked very poorly thought out and didn’t fit the binder it was sent in – that felt cheap and disappointing especially considering the purchase price.There could also be more thought put into the generic follow up emails. But both of these are feedbacks I’ve already given, and I’ve appreciated the ability to study around my children so overall it’s been an ok experience

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amber Marie Wilkes

    Overall I am pretty happy, most issues were minor niggles, the tutors were encouraging and helpful and the content was well laid out (online – not in the paper copy which was a very poor product).
    For the experience I guess I’d give a 4 out of 5, there is definitely always room for improvement in any business anyway, and I’m sure there must be ongoing product improvement and website development happening normally. It was definitely reasonable for the price of the course.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tania Wilson

    I could work through the material at my own pace, and study when it worked best for me, as well as in a way the best suited me to make what I was learning stick

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gillian Auckram

    The fact that you could work at your own pace and were able to revisit things if necessary, It was difficult to actually get to speak with somebody when I called and also using the online help………… had to wait too long to get a reply. With learning students are cramming their learning into spaces of time and much of the time that time is on the weekend. If you cannot get a hold of anybody or if you have to wait a day or two for answers then it can be extremely frustrating when you could have completed a paper and have to wait.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teresa Snell

    The ability to work at my own pace and fit the course around my work and family

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margreat Colledge

    Having a well structured course with clear goals yet being able to study online whenever it suits! Overall I am really happy with the course and learnt alot. So the items below are minor!
    1) The ‘Adjusting Entries’ module in the course was the hardest for me. IMO there could have been more worked examples with detailed explanations.
    2) When you access tutor help via the orange button in the bottom RHS, the area where you type your question is really small. If it was bigger it would be easier to type a detailed question.
    3) The ‘CITG125 – Bookkeeping using Microsoft Excel’ module required the use of Microsoft Excel 2016. I completed the assessment using Excel 2010 (after contacting the totors) and found very little difference except for some of the chart functionality. Some students may not want to/be able to afford the expense of upgrading to Excel 2016. I was reluctant to use Microsoft’s free trial because I didn’t want to give my credit card details to Microsoft! Excel 2010 is supported by Microsoft until 2020 so students could be given the option of using an earlier version.
    4) When you get the certificate at the end of the course you just ‘pass’. There could be some recognition for passing a number of modules with distinction.
    5) Career and jobseeking support at the end of the course could be increased. Only being able to access the Career Centre for one month doesn’t seem long enough.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mildred Mutengezanwa

    1. Easy to understand course content. 2. Quick Response when you use the help button. When I failed the first attempt, there are topics where I would have expected more clarification and guidance on where I went wrong than to just be told to read my notes and try again

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hattie (Haizhi) Zu

    It will be great to see you bring more options to help adults who need to start a new career or to change current career. It will be helpful for you to provide courses to achieve all sorts of certificates in Information Technology at a reasonable price.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annie Sofie Blomgren

    Great course, really liked the content and the way it was managed.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Harris

    I loved being able to be a Mum, work and study. The allocated time was perfect

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anna Brooks

    The fact that it’s online and I could complete it at convenient times. There were quite a few mistakes that I picked up on in the course material. Because of this, I’m not confident that everything has been accurately covered by the course.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nancy Shallcrass

    Content was great, tutors were great, i give it a rating of 5 stars

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margaux Wong

    How responsive the tutors were and how helpful the team was

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracy Armstrong

    Hi, I feel the couse was wonderful even though I did take a bit longer due to some personal issues. However I felt maybe if I had one or 2 due dates to work towards on one or two assignments I might have been a bit more motivated, not sure but working towards a deadline sometime can be motivating. Thank you for the wonderful course, I did really enjoy it and oved the layout of work and the assistance and all aspects of the content and support. Alot of was new and interesting and informative, also the information helps me in my current role and also gives me a confidence to grow and apply for better roles/ improve my career. Online course study is good as you able to work and earn. I looked for something that would fit in with my lifestyle as present and not be too demanding and take up all family life. I liked the courses to choose from and that your courses are recognied can you be certified. The career centre side is a big draw too. Thank you to all the lecturer’s for support it was great.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Breea Butler


  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Toni Bell

    The support and encouragement from every single tutor was amazing, the site is easy to use and understand, assignments were always marked quickly. There is nothing i would change, it has been the best experience and because of that I have gained confidence inmy day to day work in office administration, thank you so much to ‘everyone’ at Career Academy

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Del Rosario Avila

    The Bookkeeping Course i took surpassed my expectations. The subjects are relevant and easy to understand. Plus the guidance you get from their expert Tutors wgich helps a lot in passing the Assessments. I would highly recommend Career Academy not only for those who wants to shift into a new career path, as well as to those who wants to upgrade and update their skills. More power to Career Academy.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Teresa Beaven

    Being able to study in my own time and pace.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie Roskam

    I wish I had started early and that is the hardest with online learning. But the upside of online learning means you can start and stop at any time and can fit in around working full time and life and that super convenient. Not really, the only think I would change for myself would be starting as soon as I had signed up. But initially was overwhelmed by what I had untaken that it paralyzed me from starting altogether

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Palkin Sharma

    Tutors in Career Academy are awesome. They are so helpful and very quick in answering the queries. Course material is very good and easily understandable. Overall my experience was fantastic with Career Academy. I would definitely recommend Career Academy to everyone.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zoe Shepherd

    Just being able to go at my own pace. And the modules were less time intensive than it anticipated – An option to turn off notifications on past modules so my inbox wouldn’t get so full

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Cameron

    Getting the certificate:-) – Changes to make: Be NzQA accredited

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danny Bruce

    The best part of studying on line was that I could work through the course at my own pace anywhere I wanted – One assignment that I had to redo, I found it a bit difficult to fix and resubmit. I think the instructions need to be a bit clearer on how to make the changes and resend.

  28. Rated 3 out of 5

    Anna Fahey

    The ability to work at my own pace and that I was offered a free 3 week extension at the end of my course to complete the last 2 modules. There is a lot of errors in the course content (course material, quizzes, assessments) and within the Master Bookkeepers Guide. I had to email a few times about errors that I had picked up and as a student this should not be my responsibility.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Lemon

    The support from tutors was excellent, the marking was done in a timely manner and the tutor feedback was both helpful and always positive and encouraging.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ngahuia McCaw

    Not having to go into a class and I could work at my own pace . The help available. I found that there wasn’t alot of help or support when I needed it. The student forum barely got any help from that, most of the time no one answered your questions

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Doyle

    Easy to follow courses – well structured with a to do list approach.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Toni Rainey

    The tutors were super friendly and encouraging. This was appreciated rather than being grilled for what you did wrong, it was clear, friendly guidance on where to look for the information. Good work tutors! It would be great to have access to online help after hours or on weekends. As someone who was studying part time I was working/looking after my children during normal work hours and would complete assignments after hours and weekends.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah Tawa

    I liked the fact that I had a text book as reading online can be more difficult. I was talking to my accountant who had done the book keeping course and it suited what I wanted to learn.

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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

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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.

Our Diploma in Payroll Management

Introduction to Payroll

  • ABKN214 – Employment Law & Introduction to Payroll
  • ADMN150 – Understanding Key New Zealand Business Legislation
  • ABKN294 – Xero Payroll Assessment

Certificate in Xero Payroll

  • ABKN219 – Introduction to Xero Online
  • ABKN200 – Setting up Xero Payroll
  • ABKN182 – Managing Payroll Items with Xero
  • ABKN107 – New Employees & Leave Request with Xero
  • ABKN179 – Pay Templates in Xero
  • ABKN178 – Pay Runs in Xero
  • ABKN183 – Payslips & Payroll Reporting with Xero
  • ABKN145 – Filing Obligations Using Xero


Certificate in MYOB Payroll

  • ABKN332 – Installing MYOB Payroll & Introduction
  • ABKN323 – Setting up an MYOB Payroll File
  • ABKN324 – Setting up Employee Pay Details
  • ABKN325 – Preparing & Processing Pays with MYOB
  • ABKN326 – Managing Leave with MYOB
  • ABKN327 – Preparing Payroll Reports with MYOB
  • ABKN328 – MYOB Payroll Assessment

Certificate in Personnel Management & HR

  • MGTG114 – Human behaviour
  • MGTG150 – Workplace Communications Skill
  • ADMN127 – Workplace Health and Safety
  • MGTG106 – Controlling Operations
  • MGTG136 – Recruitment
  • MGTG142 – Staff Training
  • MGTG149 – Work Teams
  • MGTG135 – Positive Discipline
  • MGTG112 – Grievances and Complaints
  • MGTG130 – Monitoring and Reporting


Certificate in Budgeting & Financial Management

  • ABKN202 – Accounting and Bookkeeping Fundamentals – Accounting Basics
  • ABKN152 – General Journal
  • ABKN153 – General Ledger & The Trial Balance
  • ABKN218 – Depreciation
  • ABKN106 – Adjusting Entries
  • ABKN146 – Financial Statements
  • ABKN122 – Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management
  • ABKN189 – Financial Statement Analysis

Certificate in Leadership & Team Building

  • MGTG118 – Introduction to Leadership
  • MGTG121 – Leadership Qualities
  • MGTG116 – Interpersonal Relationships
  • MGTG105 – Communication Skills
  • MGTG144 – Team Building
  • MGTG143 – Systematic and Lateral Thinking

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