Is This for You?

This introductory course will help you learn the principles behind the processing of a company payroll. It is most suited to those who have never worked or processed payroll before, so if you’re new to this role and are looking to work as a Payroll Clerk or Payroll Administrator, this course is ideal. 

The course acts as a precursor to a digital payroll course such as Sage Payroll.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 4 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
4 hours

About This Course

This is a great short course that can help you get to grips with the general principles of payroll. You’ll start right from the very beginning and look at the role and responsibilities of running a payroll and then progress to learning the basic processes, legislation and regulations you will be required to adhere to. 

It is a very effective and concise course, being just 4 hours in duration. You will study online through our campus and can choose whether to do this in one of our local training centres, or from work. or home. 

There are three lessons covering a range of topics:

Lesson One includes: what is meant by payroll; associated roles and responsibilities; information around complying with the requirements of Real Time Information (RTI); employment status; employee rights. 

Lesson Two includes: employee information necessary to a business; data protection; the P45 and starter checklist; the PAYE system; National Insurance; student loans; the structure and content of payslips.

Lesson Three includes: statutory payments including sick pay, and maternity, paternity and adoption pay; processing leavers; payroll year end. 

On successful completion of this training course you will receive a Pitman Training certificate. If you then wish to progress further, you will be in a great position to further your knowledge by learning how to run a payroll using a digital program, such as Sage Payroll.

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Aims and Objectives

This short course is designed to help you learn the basic processes, rules and regulations behind the processing of payroll in readiness to study a digital program.


Prior to starting this training you will need a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word. It would also benefit if you have a good standard of written and spoken English. 

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

This is an excellent foundation course if you’re looking to work either as a Payroll Clerk or within a HR role. Further in-depth training could lead to roles such as HR Administrator, HR Manager, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Coordinator or Payroll Manager. 

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.