Business Management

IPASS Certified Payroll Techniques (CPT) QQI Level 6

The Certified Payroll Techniques programme is the leading payroll qualification in Ireland. The course assumes no prior knowledge of payroll matters and it provides students with a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the operation of the PAYE, PRSI and USC systems and a thorough knowledge of Employment Law which has a direct bearing on the operation of the payroll function.

Venue: Portarlington Further Education & Training Centre, Bracklone Street, Portarlington.

Stage 1 will commence on Wednesday evening, February 20th 2019, from 6.30pm to 10.00pm

Timetable Stage One:

February 20th, 27th; March 6th, 20th, 27th; April 3rd, 10th, 17th; and  May 1st

Revision Day – TBC  Examination – May 25th

Revision Costs: €100.00 per student made payable to IPASS.

Who Should Enrol on this course?

  • Anyone who is responsible for maintaining a company’s payroll records
  • People responsible for the completion of PAYE, PRSI and USC returns
  • People working in a finance department
  • Accounts managers and staff
  • Accountants and Accounting Technicians
  • People who wish to improve their knowledge of the Irish PAYE/PRSI/USC system.

The course is extremely interesting and practical and it provides all of the essential information needed to work in a payroll function.  The qualification will also enhance the student’s career prospects and will undoubtedly bring real benefits and improvements to the workplace.


CPT – Stage 1 Syllabus

Introduction to Employment Law/ Terms of Employment (Information ) Act 1994 to 2014/Payment of Wages Act 1991/National Minimum Wage Acts 2000 and 2015/Organisation of Working time Act 1997-Holidays – Records and complaints/Juries Act 1976/ Revenue Administration and ROS/ Calculation of Gross Pay/Personal Tax Credits and reliefs/Operation and Calculation of the PAYE System/The PRSI System/Universal Social Charge/Calculation of Net Pay/Pay for Tax Purposes/Form P45 Cessation Certificate/Employers duties


CPT – Stage 2 Syllabus

Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004/ Adoptive Leave Acts 1995 and 2005/ Parental Leave Acts 1998 and 2006/Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016/ Carer’s Leave Act 2001/ Protection of Employees (Part-time Work Act 2001/Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act 2003/ Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996/ Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012/ PAYE, PRSI & UC Summary/ Benefit –in-Kind/ Pensions and PRSAs/ Pension Related Deduction/ Taxation of Short Term Social Welfare Benefits/ Termination Payments/Attachment off Earnings Order and Notice of Attachment/Expenses and Tax Free Payments.

Further Information

Contact Margaret Morrin, Centre Manager, Portarlington Further Education Centre. Phone: (087) 099 7229; email:


Course Duration

Stage 1 will commence on Wednesday evening, February 13th, from 6.30pm to 10pm and for the following eight Wednesdays.


Certificate in Payroll Techniques QQI Level 6 Certificates.


Course fees: €1,190 Stage 1 €550 must be paid at registration. The remaining balance, €640 is paid one month later.