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Payroll course curriculum

Our payroll course curriculum trains you to become a payroll clerk through instruction in employee classification, time tracking, wage taxes and deductions, legal compliance, and more. You will understand the payroll clerk's role within an accounting department and explore the benefits and drawbacks of outsourcing payroll to another company.

Orientation: Learning at Ashworth

Orientation: Learning at Ashworth  

In this course, you’ll examine the goals and values of Ashworth College, time management, creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule, the nature and purpose of assessments, how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner.

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Payroll and Employees

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Payroll and Employees  

In this course, you’ll review the skills needed to initiate your own business, including positioning, marketing, investing, and obtaining financing. You’ll also explore the concepts and methods used in traditional payroll management. Topics include timekeeping, electronic payments, staff training, confidentiality, and more. You’ll also review the basics of employee time tracking, compensation, and various benefits.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the qualities and skills required of a successful entrepreneur.
  • Describe the procedures and practices associated with traditional payroll management.
  • Summarize the basic methods used to track employee hours and compensation.
  • Identify issues related to a variety of employee benefits.

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Program Description

The Payroll Clerk Career Diploma is designed to provide students with knowledge of the basic skills required of payroll clerks. Students will learn how to track and manage employees’ compensation and benefits, and how to manage deductions, taxes, accounting, reporting, recordkeeping, and outsourcing.

Program Objectives

After completing the Payroll Clerk program, students will be able to:

  1. Properly classify workers, differentiating employees and private contractors based on the common law rule.
  2. Track employee time and differentiate between types of employee compensation.
  3. Identify, track and account for all required employee deductions associated with benefits and all required wage taxes.
  4. Explain how payroll interacts with the accounting system and the associated record keeping, controls and measurements.
  5. Explain the payroll outsourcing process and the pros and cons of outsourcing payroll.

Tally up career opportunities

Ashworth College's API Program Name Career Diploma program helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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