Payroll: The PayTrain® College & University Program

The IRS and Department of Labor change payroll requirements and procedures every year. Are you in compliance?

Villanova University, a leader in continuing education is proud to partner with the American Payroll Association in offering the premier payroll designation in the country. Villanova University’s Payroll Level 1 and Payroll Level 2 courses are designed to increase your payroll knowledge.

About the Program

In cooperation with the American Payroll Association, Villanova University presents the PayTrain® College & University program for payroll professionals. Comprised of two professional development courses: Payroll Level 1 - Fundamentals and Payroll Level 2 - Mastery. This program is designed for all levels of payroll administration. Enrollees in the course receive online assessment of current knowledge, classroom instruction, textbooks and access to interactive online games and applications to reinforce topics learned.

Earn HRCI Continuing Education Hours through Villanova University

HR professionals who are PHR/SPHR certified can earn 30 recertification hours with the HR Certification Institute by enrolling in Payroll Level 1 - Fundamentals.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Experienced and entry level payroll professionals
  • Human Resource Professionals PHR/SPHR Certified
  • Managers and supervisors providing strategic payroll management
  • Sales professionals and consultants serving the payroll industry
  • Systems analysts and engineers writing payroll programs
  • Payroll service bureau client representatives
  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam candidates
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP*) exam candidates

*To qualify for CPP certification, candidates must have earned three years of payroll experience in the five years prior to taking the exam.

Why Enroll?

By completing Payroll Level 1 and Level 2, you will gain:

  • A foundation of knowledge for starting or advancing your payroll career
  • Improved job performance by increasing accuracy and compliance
  • Access to a network of peers to learn about payroll practices in other organizations
  • Solid grounding in compliance issues
  • Preparation for the FPC and CPP exams
  • Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain FPC or CPP credentials

Course Fees

AFP Member: $1,099
Nonmember: $1,199

Course fee include all manuals, learning supplies and online applications.


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Course Schedules

Spring 2018 Course: Payroll Level 1 - Fundamentals

Dates: Tuesdays, January 23 to April 3, 2018

Time: 6 - 9pm

Location: Villanova University Main Campus

Course Curriculum

Payroll Level 1 - Fundamentals

PayTrain Level 1 encompasses 10 learning modules that covers payroll concepts, calculations of pay, calculations of deductions and net pay, fringe benefits and other payments, retirement plans, cafeteria plans, payroll reporting and employment taxes, record keeping and payroll practices, payroll accounting and audits, and payroll administration and management as they apply to Payroll. The course is ideal for individuals who are new to the payroll industry, those who are new in supporting the payroll industry such as practitioners, consultants and service providers, and those who are preparing for the FPC certification examinations.

Payroll Level 2 - Mastery

A continuation of PayTrain Level 1, PayTrain Level 2 is a comprehensive course of 12 learning modules providing students with a solid understanding of advanced payroll topics including health benefits and international payments, necessary for payroll managers and supervisors. This course is ideal for experienced payroll professionals seeking compliance training, professional development, or CPP certification preparation after completing PayTrain Level 1.