Payroll Practice and Management

Payroll is one of the fastest-changing career fields in the business world today. This course will help you navigate ever-changing payroll rules and regulations, so you can succeed as a payroll professional. You will learn all facets of payroll from basic laws to complex areas like fringe benefits, taxation, and garnishments. By course completion, you will be ready to pass the Fundamental Payroll Certification exam, developed by the American Payroll Association.

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6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES409

What you will learn

  • Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as the Internal Revenue Code
  • Master the mathematics associated with calculating wages and taxes
  • Learn the fringe benefits and compensation offerings that could be given by an employer

How you will benefit

  • Set yourself up for a successful career as a payroll specialist, bookkeeper, payroll manager, or payroll accountant
  • Know how to effectively communicate and manage a group of employees within a payroll department
  • Master the federal taxation laws that pertain to payroll so as to become better equipped to handle clients' needs

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
  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

Helene K. Liatsos is 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.

Prerequisites:

You should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, be able to use a basic 4 function calculator, be comfortable navigating the Internet and using email and have an understanding of a word-processing program (such as Word). This course is intended for anyone interested in developing their management skills.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • 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:

  • Payroll Accounting 2020, by Bernard J. Bieg and Judith A. Toland

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes. You will be prepared to pass the FPC exam, and become certified in the fundamentals of payroll.

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

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, 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 may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

This course is revised periodically to address federal wage and payroll laws. However, these laws vary at the state level. It is advised that you also understand your state's wage and payroll laws.

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.