Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP)
ADP Entry-Level Payroll Specialist Professional Certificate
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP)

ADP Entry-Level Payroll Specialist Professional Certificate

Become a Successful Entry-Level Payroll Specialist. Gain the knowledge and develop job-ready skills for an exciting career in the diverse field of payroll. No degree or experience required.

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2 months
at 10 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Identify the value payroll provides as a strategic business partner.

  • Build a foundation of basic payroll terms, regulations, and concepts needed to execute and administer the Payroll function.

  • Perform the steps needed to process payroll including calculating earnings, deductions, and taxes.

  • Develop essential competencies like customer service, data gathering and analysis, problem-solving.

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June 2024

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Professional Certificate - 5 course series

The Payroll Professional

Course 112 hours

What you'll learn

  • Describe the purpose of and requirements to attain the Payroll Specialist Professional Certificate.

  • Explain the value Payroll plays in an organization’s company culture and identify the factors needed to design a successful payroll strategy.

  • Illustrate how Payroll typically fits within Human Resources and an organization and describe the common responsibilities within the Payroll field.

  • Develop a personal plan targeting strengths and areas of opportunity for your Payroll Specialist Certificate program.

Skills you'll gain

Category: problem solving
Category: critical thinking
Category: payment of salaries
Category: compliance with regulations
Category: employee compensation

The Payroll Cycle

Course 218 hours

What you'll learn

  • Describe the step-by-step payroll processing cycle, including data collection, input, verification, calculation, and finalization.

  • Identify essential requirements for time tracking systems to accurately record/manage employee work minutes for payroll processing and compliance.

  • Explain the payroll-related tasks involved in employee on-boarding, such as tax withholding preferences, direct deposit, etc.

  • Describe the key components of year-end payroll processes, such as W-2 preparation, 1099 form distribution, and other required tax reporting.

Skills you'll gain

Category: Tax Compliance
Category: Employee Data Management and Recordkeeping
Category: Payroll Fundamentals
Category: Worker Classifications
Category: Payroll Tax Management

What you'll learn

  • Examine payroll-related dates, pay frequencies, and their impact on employee compensation.

  • Analyze gross wages, pay statement details, common earnings, benefits, and retirement deductions.

  • Examine the workweek, overtime calculations, white-collar exemptions, and methods for computing overtime pay according to the FSLA.

  • Integrate the various components to accurately determine gross pay for employees.

Skills you'll gain

Category: employee leave management
Category: methods of tracking employee work
Category: funding requirements for payroll
Category: managing payroll changes
Category: Payroll Fundamentals

What you'll learn

  • The learner will explore fundamental aspects of payroll, including earnings, taxes, deductions and the significance of accurate personal information.

  • The learner will be equipped with essential knowledge, covering topics such as tax compliance, worker classifications, and payroll procedures.

  • A comprehensive understanding of payroll management and taxation, benefiting individuals in effectively navigating financial responsibilities.

Skills you'll gain

Category: Issue Resolution
Category: Accounting Principles
Category: recordkeeping requirements
Category: manage payroll-related issues
Category: Data Analysis

What you'll learn

  • Analyze how different business structures, such as restaurants and non-profits, influence payroll processes and complexities.

  • Explore the role of accounting principles, terminology, and recordkeeping requirements in payroll operations.

  • Develop a systematic approach to identify and resolve payroll-related issues and errors, ensuring compliance and preventing future occurrences.

Skills you'll gain

Category: payroll processing cycle
Category: proper allocation of funds
Category: year-end payroll processes
Category: payroll funding requirements
Category: tracking employee work minutes


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