Payroll Practice and Management with Microsoft Excel (Voucher Included)

Payroll professionals have to navigate financial laws and data to do their job efficiently. This online course covers all critical areas of payroll management and teaches you advanced practices for using Microsoft's Excel 2019 software. You will be prepared to take the Fundamental Payroll Certification exam and the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert certification exam for Microsoft Excel. Key topics include the major components of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Internal Revenue...

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Course code: GES2087

What you will learn

  • Identify various laws and regulations that affect employers in their payroll operations
  • Identify the various deductions, both voluntary and involuntary, that are taken out of employees' gross pay
  • Calculate gross and net pay
  • Explain the use of the forms required to withhold, deposit, and report federal income taxes
  • Recognize dates and regulations to ensure payroll compliance and reporting
  • Understand the payroll process and supporting systems and administration
  • Correctly apply payroll policies and procedures of a payroll department
  • Journalize payroll transactions and post to appropriate general ledger accounts
  • Be able to process payroll from start to finish (payroll project)
  • To create, modify, and manage Excel workbooks
  • To use formulas, functions and work with tables
  • To convert, sort, filter, and manage lists
  • To use conditional formatting and styles
  • To create pivot tables and charts
  • To import and export data

How you will benefit

  • Be prepared to pass the FPC exam and become certified in the fundamentals of payroll
  • Having a certification in payroll is a desirable attribute that many employers seek in payroll candidates
  • With certification comes additional knowledge and skill that is not often taught in the workplace
  • Be able to search and apply for payroll jobs, with the additional resume skills learned in the course
  • Become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert in Excel
  • Use these skills in most workplace situations
  • Manipulate data faster by learning helpful formulas and tricks

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 170 course hours
  1. Microsoft Excel Certification Training
    1. Introduction to Excel
      1. Microsoft Office Basics
      2. Creating a Microsoft Excel Workbook
      3. The Ribbon
      4. The Backstage View (The File Menu)
      5. The Quick Access Toolbar
      6. Entering Data in Microsoft Excel Worksheets
      7. Formatting Microsoft Excel Worksheets
      8. Editing Worksheets
      9. Working with Rows and Columns
      10. Using Formulas in Microsoft Excel
      11. Finalizing Microsoft Excel Worksheets
      12. Introduction to Excel Exam
    2. Intermediate Excel
      1. Common Functions
      2. Working with Lists
      3. Visualizing Your Data
      4. Working with Tables
      5. Advanced Formatting
      6. Intermediate Excel Exam
    3. Advanced Excel
      1. Using PivotTables
      2. Advanced Functions
      3. Auditing Workbooks
      4. Data Tools
      5. Working with Others
      6. Recording and Using Macros
      7. Advanced Excel Exam
    4. Final Exam
  2. Payroll Practice and Management
    1. Introduction to Payroll
    2. Determining Worker Status
    3. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    4. Federal Employment Taxes
    5. Payroll Forms
    6. Fringe Benefits – Tax-Preferred and Other Related Health Benefits
    7. Fringe Benefits – Deferred Comp, Retirement Plans, and Stock Options
    8. Other Employee Benefits
    9. Calculating Gross Wages
    10. Calculating Gross Pay – Additional Topics
    11. Paycheck Calculation – Taxes
    12. Paycheck Calculation – Voluntary and Involuntary Deductions
    13. Gross to Net Paycheck Calculation
    14. Compliance – Laws and Reporting
    15. Global Payroll
    16. Payroll Process and Systems and Audits
    17. Paying the Employee
    18. Payroll Administration and Management
    19. Basic Accounting
    20. Exploring Payroll Careers
    21. Exam Preparation
    22. Payroll Project

Tracy Berry

Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.

Helene K. Liatsos

Helene K. Liatsos is a business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than 25 years of experience. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies to startups. Her company Home Office Management Experts was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Prerequisites:

To enroll in this course, you should be proficient in keyboarding, have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program, and be comfortable using a personal computer. You should also be familiar with operating Microsoft Office software and have a command of English grammar and punctuation. No payroll or office work experience is required.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office 365, 2021 or 2019 (not included in enrollment). While you can use an older version of Microsoft Office, if you do, there will be some differences between your version and what you see in the course.
  • Microsoft Word or an equivalent word-processing program.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional material required for this program is included in enrollment. Digital access to the following book will be emailed to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Payroll Practice and Management portion of the program:

  • Payroll Accounting

Yes, you will be prepared for the Microsoft Office Specialist MOS Excel Expert Certification exam. You will be prepared to pass the FPC exam and become certified in the fundamentals of payroll (the FPC Exam voucher is not included).

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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American Payroll Association (APA)
The American Payroll Association (APA) seeks to provide education, publications, and training for payroll professionals to help them advance their careers and create a community of recognized experts. The APA was established in 1982 and has become a highly respected voice in the industry, holding conferences and seminars and creating various resources. Its certifications—Fundamental Payroll Certification and Certified Payroll Professional—have set the standard for the industry and are accepted by employers as proof of payroll expertise.
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