Payroll Accounting Specialist

Program Overview

The Payroll Accounting Specialist technical certificate provides entry-level skills into payroll accounting.  Topics include:  principles of accounting, computerized accounting, principles of payroll accounting, mathematics and basic computer use.

Students may enter the Payroll Accounting Specialist certificate program any semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 17 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Payroll Accounting Specialist certificate program must be able to work in an office environment, work with numbers, solve problems, work with people, multi-task, display a professional appearance, and work with computers.  They should also have a strong work ethic and be responsible, discreet and trustworthy.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)

Salary Potential

$21,000.00 -$23,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $2,362.00
Books & Supplies:  $743.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Payroll Accounting Specialist certificate program are prepared for entry-level employment in the accounting field. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test.  In lieu of the placement test, official scores on the COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • ACCT1100Financial Accounting I4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ACCT1105Financial Accounting II4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ACCT1115Computerized Accounting3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ACCT1130Payroll Accounting3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • Credit Hours:  17