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Study Payroll with The Career Academy and receive an industry-recognised certification.

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Introduction to Payroll

This course will take a look at seven employment law related Acts that relate to Payroll, and will include but not be limited to the fundamental payroll concepts including employer obligations, how to calculate leave entitlements and the employer’s role in the ACC Scheme and KiwiSaver. 
This course provides an overview of business legislation and its importance in dealing with customers, staff and the general public. It will include but not be limited to the importance of complying with the requirements of the relevant business legislation, the potential implications for a business that fails to comply, the “Good Faith” principle as well as a look at the different types of company structures and the rights of shareholders.  
Complete a practical case study based assessment using Xero.

Certificate in Xero

This course will provide an introduction and basic overview of Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, the system requirements for Xero, and how to navigate the Xero Dashboard.
This course will provide an introduction to setting up the Xero Payroll module, and will include but not be limited to how to assign users with payroll administration access, how to create pay calendars, and how to create holiday groups.
This course will provide a close look at payroll items in Xero, including but not limited to pay item categories, earnings rates, deductions and reimbursement pay items as well as leave items.
This course will take a look at new employees and leave requests in Xero, and will include but not be limited to setting up employees, entering opening balances, and assigning leave.
This course will provide an introduction to pay templates in Xero, and will include but not be limited to how to produce new pay templates, how to apply changes to pay templates and how to apply changes to employee earnings.
This course will take a close look at creating and posting pay runs in Xero, and will include but not be limited to processing pay runs, creating unscheduled pay runs, reverting posted pay runs and modifying draft payslips.
This course will provide an overview of payslips and payroll reporting in Xero, and will include but not be limited to accessing historical payslips for employees and how to locate and produce payroll reports.
This course will provide an introduction to filing obligations in Xero, and will include but not be limited to how to produce payroll reports, how to recognise the filing obligations for your business needs, as well as how to electronically file the IR345 and IR348 with IRD.

Certificate in MYOB Payroll

This course will provide an introduction to the MYOB Payroll software, including how to download and install MYOB Payroll, how to recognise the three command centres and how to utilise a range of shortcut keys within the software.
This course will provide an overview of the payroll file within MYOB Payroll, and will include but not be limited to creating payroll riles, setting up departments and setting up pay codes.
This course will provide an introduction to setting up employee details in MYOB Payroll, including but not limited to setting up employee records, how to split employee pay into different bank accounts, and how to account for compulsory deductions.
This course will provide an introduction to preparing and processing a pay run in MYOB Payroll, including but not limited to how to prepare pays, how to process holiday and termination pay, and how to maintain employees’ sick leave and alternative holidays.
This course will take a close look at the four main types of leave and will include but not be limited to how to manage sick leave and alternative holidays, how to deal with unpaid leave and understanding the difference between annual leave and holiday pay.
This course will provide an overview of the various reports that can be generated within MYOB Payroll, and will include but not be limited to how to access the Reports menu and how to identify key end-of-year reports and their purpose.
Complete a practical case study based assessment using MYOB Payroll.

Certificate in Personnel Management & HR

This course will provide an introduction to the various ways perception, learning and prior experience influence human behaviour. It will include but not be limited to how people can form incorrect perceptions and a look at real world examples of common biases that can result in errors in decision making in the workplace. 
This course will provide an overview of communication skills to improve the ability to effectively receive and transmit messages in the workplace, including but not limited to the main functions of communication and the importance of listening in an organisation. 
This course will provide an overview of general health and safety requirements in the workplace, including but not limited to how to ergonomically set up a computer workstation, how to manage common workplace health and safety hazards, and the purpose of a PCBU in relation to health and safety in the workplace.   
This course will provide an introduction to basic supervising practices for controlling business or department operations, including but not limited to the definition of Quality Assurance, Stock Control and Applying Standards, how to evaluate performance and projects, supervisor skills and how to analyse and solve potential problems in the work place using the formal problem-solving method. 
This course will take a look at the essential processes in the recruitment of employees, including but not limited to the benefits of external and internal recruitment, how to create a job specification and how to create a set of interview questions. 
This course will provide an overview of the key elements of planning and conducting effective staff  Training, including but not limited to non-verbal communication channels, learning principles and how to produce a training program for new employees.  
This course will provide an introduction to ways in which team processes can be used to improve  performance and productivity, including but not limited to the key characteristics of an effective team, stages of team development, and tips for avoiding or reducing problems encountered at team meetings. 
This course will take a look at various methods of establishing and maintaining discipline through positive means, such as reinforcement and increasing motivation. It will include but not be limited to possible barriers to successful problem-solving, discipline issues in the workplace and how to apply suitable disciplinary procedures. 
This course will provide an introduction to strategies for reducing dissatisfaction and handling dissatisfaction when it arises, including but not limited to the six key steps of problem solving, common sources of demotivation in an organisation and key strategies to motivate an employee. 
This course will provide an introduction to the importance of monitoring workplace processes and  performance, and how to report your observations. It will include but not be limited to the different types of monitoring procedures, management strategies for problem-solving a workplace scenario and how to conduct a work study.

Certificate in Budgeting & Financial Management

This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting.  
This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries.    
This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one.    
This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing value method.   
This course will provide an introduction to cash basis and accruals basis accounting concepts, and will include but not be limited to an overview of adjusting entries, a look at the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.   
This course will take a close look at the purpose of financial statements, and will include but not be limited to the Profit & Loss Statement and the Balance Sheet and how to prepare these statements, the purpose of inventory and the two common inventory systems, how to prepare journal entries, and how to calculate the year-end stock adjustment.   
This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle. 
This course will take a close look at financial statement analysis, including but not limited to how to analyse trends, how to calculate ratios and how to analyse the results. 

Certificate in Leadership & Team Building

This course will provide an introduction to leadership skills and attributes across various areas of daily life. It will include but not be limited to leadership goals important for the development of leadership skills, areas of becoming an effective leader and different types of leaders. 
This course will provide an overview of the essential qualities of different types of leaders and the importance of various leadership qualities, including but not limited to attributes needed to accomplish leadership goals and cognitive barriers to successful leadership. 
This course will take a look at leadership and how it relates to interpersonal relationships, including but not limited to the three basic components of behaviour, the importance of self-disclosure and assertiveness, and levels of disclosure for potential conflicts.  
This course will provide an overview of communication skills and the various factors that affect the ability to communicate effectively. It will include but not be limited to a look at the various kinds of non-verbal communication, the methods for improving communication skills and listening feedback techniques.     
This course will provide an introduction to teamwork concepts and team-leading strategies, including but not limited to the types of problems that can arise from teamwork, team-leading strategies to overcome team problems and decision-making strategies used in team projects. 
This course will provide an introduction to different kinds of thinking and how they apply to different situations. It will include but not be limited to lateral and systemic thinking and how they can be used to resolve problems, how perceptions form and the importance of self-assessment. 

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FAQs about our Payroll courses

There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by selecting your course and clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors. Give them a call on 0800342829 or email them at info@careeracademy.co.nz

This course costs $1,795 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 300 hours, and you’ll have up to 12 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as a Bookkeeper, Office Administrator, Financial Controller or Payroll Administrator. These jobs in New Zealand earn approximately $58,000 per year but can be as high as $70,000 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 0800 342 829 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 8 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee less a $50 + GST administration fee.

Anywhere from 10 weeks to six months in duration.
A payroll accountant is someone who performs both payroll and accounting related tasks
At a minimum, you should complete a Diploma in Payroll Management to be considered for Payroll Manager roles.
You should complete a professional payroll qualification such as the Certificate in Accounts Administration & Payroll or the Diploma in Payroll Management.
A payroll course will teach you everything you need to know about payroll and how to process this.
You should complete an online course which also covers payroll software.
The Diploma in Payroll Management is best for those seeking a payroll role.

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