IPASS Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT) - Part-Time - NFQ Level 6)

The IPASS Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT) programme is the leading payroll qualification in Ireland.  The payroll function is probably the only function which affects every employee in every company. Employers need to ensure that payroll staff are given the necessary training to enable them to perform their duties to the  highest standard. Apart from the positive effect on all staff, which an accurate and efficient payroll service will generate, employers need to ensure that inadequate or inaccurate knowledge of their payroll staff does not lead to problems with the Revenue, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. In the present era of self assessment and Revenue audits, professionally qualified payroll staff can make a huge difference to the financial and functional performance of any business.

Who Should Enrol on this course?

  • Anyone who is responsible for maintaining a company’s PAYE, PRSI and USC records
  • People responsible for the completion of PAYE, PRSI and USC Returns
  • Accounts Managers and staff
  • People working in a finance department
  • People who wish to improve their knowledge of the Irish PAYE, PRSI and USC system
  • Anyone who wants to obtain a valuable qualification
  • Accountants and Accounting Technicians

Benefits for CPT Graduates?

  • Become an invaluable member of their employers’ financial team, by being aware of their employer’s compliance obligations in a highly technical area
  • Greatly enhance their career development prospects
  • Enhance their payroll skills, their technical expertise and confidence
  • Develop their professional skills and abilities through the application of advanced training
  • People who wish to improve their knowledge of the Irish PAYE, PRSI and USC system
  • Obtain a valuable qualification QQI accredited Level 6, Special Purpose qualification
  • Develop a network of contacts in a range of businesses working in the same specialist field as themselves

Benefits for Employers

  • Have a highly skilled individual with a unique technical knowledge of every employer’s compliance requirements in relation to payroll
  • Know that their largest tax liabilities are being managed by a person who holds a specialist professional qualification
  • Gain an improved service which will being real financial, organisational and practical benefits to the organisation
  • Enhance your staff development by assisting them to obtain a valuable qualification
  • Recognise the need to have a truly professional payroll working environment
  • Reduce the potential of incurring penalties and other charges from the Revenue Commissioners, Department of Social Protection and National Employment Rights Authority

Entry Requirements

All students for whom English is not their native language are required to have at minimum a B2 Certificate in English. 

CPT Programme Syllabus

The CPT course is run in 2 stages; Stage 1 & Stage 2, each comprising of 1 class per week, of 3 hours duration per class for 9 weeks. The classes allow ample time to complete the course of study and include sufficient time for revision.

CPT - Stage 1 Syllabus

Introduction to Employment Law/Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 to 2014/Payment of Wages Act 1991/National Minimum Wage Acts 2000and 2015/Organisation of Working time Act 1997 – Holidays/Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 – Rest and Working Time/Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 – Records/Juries Act 1976/Revenue Administration and ROS/The PAYE System/Revenue Payroll Notification/Calculation of Gross Pay/Personal Tax Credits and Reliefs/Calculation of Income Tax under the PAYE System/The PRSI System/ Universal Social Charge/Calculation of Net Pay/Pay for Tax Purposes/Payroll Submission/Returns and Payments.

CPT - Stage 2 Syllabus

Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004/Adoptive Leave Acts 1995 and 2005/Parental Leave Acts 1998 to 2019/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/PRSI & USC Summary/Income Tax Benefits in Kind/Pensions and PRSAs/Additional Superannuation Contribution/Taxation of Short Term Social Insurance Benefits/Termination Payments/Attachment of Earnings Order and Notice of Attachment/Expenses and Tax Free Payments.

Course Practicalities


The CPT programme is broken down into two 9 week stages and will commence on the following dates in 2020:

Stage 1:

  • February 20th, 27th
  • March 5th, 12th, 19th
  • April 2nd, 23rd, 30th

Revision Day – TBC Date to be confirmed

*Revision costs: €100.00 per student payable to IPASS

Examination – May 2020, date to be confirmed

Stage 2:

  • September 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • October 7th, 14th, 21st
  • November 4th, 11th, 18th

Revision Day – TBC Date to be confirmed

*Revision costs: €100.00 per student payable to IPASS

Examination – December 2020, date to be confirmed


Course fees: €1,190

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


Successful students will obtain the Certificate in Payroll Techniques which is accredited by QQI Higher Education, Level 6 Special Purpose qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

For further information or Application:

Persons interested in pursuing this course/programme should contact either:

Maragaret Morrin ; Email: mmorrin@loetb.ie or Phone: (057) 862 3161

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.

Qualification Award

NFQ Level 6 (Special Purpose Award)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen

Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Margaret Morrin, Centre Director




(057) 8623161


Portarlington Further Education Centre, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, County Laois, R32 CX71,Ireland

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