Payroll Accounting Specialist (PA61)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Payroll Accounting Specialist certificate program provides entry-level payroll accounting skills. The certificate emphasizes principles of accounting, computerized accounting, principles of payroll accounting, and basic computer skills.

The standard curriculum for the Payroll Accounting Specialist certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program each semester. For students beginning Fall semester, the certificate generally takes two (2) semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 17 credit hours. 


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $2,472
  • Books/Supplies: $300
Curriculum Outline (17 hours)
Occupational Courses (17 hours) 17
COMP 1000

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include introductions to computer and digital terminology and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

ACCT 1100

(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces the basic financial accounting concepts of the complete accounting cycle and provides the student with the necessary skills to maintain a set of books for a sole proprietorship. Topics include: accounting vocabulary and concepts, the accounting cycle for a personal service business, the accounting cycle for a merchandising business, inventory, cash control, and receivables. Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class.

ACCT 1105

(Prerequisite: ACCT 1100) Introduces the intermediate financial accounting concepts that provide the student with the necessary skills to maintain a set of books for a partnership and corporation. Topics include: Fixed and Intangible Assets, Current and Long-Term Liabilities (Notes Payable), Payroll, Accounting for a Corporation, Statement of Cash Flows, and Financial Statement Analysis. Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class

ACCT 1115

(Prerequisite: ACCT 1100, COMP 1000) Emphasizes operation of computerized accounting systems from manual input forms. Topics include: company creation (service and merchandising), chart of accounts, customers transactions, vendors transactions, banking activities, merchandise inventory, employees and payroll, and financial reports. Laboratory work includes theoretical and technical application.

ACCT 1130

(Prerequisite: ACCT 1100) Provides an understanding of the laws that affect a company's payroll structure and practical application skills in maintaining payroll records. Topics include: payroll tax laws, payroll tax forms, payroll and personnel records, computing wages and salaries, taxes affecting employees and employers, and analyzing and journalizing payroll transactions.


Accounting Instructor
Swainsboro Campus - Building 2, Office 2113/2114

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