What is a payroll course?

Payroll is one of the most important functions of a business. It ensures employees receive accurate and on-time payments.

Payroll courses, give you the skills to manage a business’ payroll process, no matter the scale. With courses, you gain the qualifications to open up numerous career opportunities in this field.

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Accountancy Courses

Payroll Principles

If you’re completely new to payroll, this short course offers the opportunity for you to gain an insight into the underlying legislative and operational principles…

Accountancy Courses

Payroll Award

The course is highly practical in nature – not only will you have the knowledge you need, but through a range of practical exercises based…

What will I learn in payroll training?

In payroll training, you will learn how to use Sage (a popular payroll software) and conduct a manual payroll. You will also learn about the legalities surrounding employee payment. In some cases, you will learn how to use Excel, a commonly used software program.

Training will also give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through practical exercises. Thus, it helps you to build your skills and confidence. After completion, you are prepared to jump right into a payroll career.

What are payroll qualifications and certifications?

Payroll qualifications and certifications demonstrate your proficiency in payroll processes.

Perhaps you are brand new to accountancy. Or maybe you want to expand your skills within a money management role. In either case, qualifications will enhance your career prospects in the finance industry.

Plus, all our payroll courses online and in centre are CPD-accredited. So you earn valuable CPD points, a respected certification to employers, as you train. Perseverance pays off, too – the longer the course, the more CPD points you stand to earn.

Why study a payroll course with Pitman Training?

  • All our programmes have a strong reputation amongst employers for their high quality. Payroll courses from Pitman give your CV a competitive edge in the finance industry.
  • Our Pitman payroll courses for beginners cover everything from the fundamentals of payroll at a business to how to use Sage software for computerised payroll.
  • Looking to learn online payroll courses alongside another Pitman training module? Our payroll qualifications pair well with accountancy and bookkeeping courses.
  • At Pitman, our training courses are available online and in-centre. Those who prefer to study payroll in person can do so with a trusted advisor in one of our local training centres. Or, if you prefer online payroll courses, you can do that with us via myPitman.
  • All our payroll courses in the UK are CPD-accredited. Thus, you earn valuable CPD points that are highly regarded among employers.
  • Study online or in-centre at your own pace. Our payroll courses for beginners are designed to easily slot into your schedule.
  • Whether you learn online or at one of our training centres, we are here to support you. And you can always count on our payroll course advisors to guide your learning journey.

Payroll Courses Online

Pitman Training offers payroll management courses and awards for all skill levels. For example, our payroll training award is perfect for beginners. This award provides you with an in-depth understanding of manual and digital payroll. As well as teaching you how to use Microsoft Excel.

Our payroll principles unit is another fantastic payroll course for beginners. It includes lessons covering the fundamental processes, legislation and regulations of the role.

Or perhaps you already have experience in payroll and want a refresher in the technology. In this case, have a look at our Sage 50 payroll administrator course. It can bring you up to speed on this industry-standard software programme.

How to Start a Payroll Course

Starting your basic payroll course with Pitman Training couldn’t be easier. Just register online and select your preferred method of study. You can study at home or in one of our local learning centres.

Some learners are more productive in a dedicated learning environment. In this case, we recommend starting your journey at one of our local Pitman Training centres.

Or perhaps you prefer the comfort of your own home. If so, then our distance learning payroll courses also have you covered.

All our payroll courses online are available via myPitman, our online campus. Thus allowing you to study wherever you want, whenever you want. Whichever type of payroll course you choose, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way.

Get in touch for a free, friendly career consultation with our training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

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