Certificate in Payroll Accounting Specialist
Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Program Details

The online Certificate in Payroll Accounting Specialist program from Kentucky Community and Technical College System is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in payroll processing. Coursework focuses on:

  • ​Basic financial accounting concepts for decision-making, planning, and control
  • ​The elements of internal control systems 
  • ​The use and function of emerging/existing communication and information processing technology and its application to accounting practice
  • Identification, organization, and communication of relevant data used in external financial reporting
  • ​Payroll accounting and its related tax obligations

This program is offered in two formats:

  • Learn on Demand offers 100% online self-paced learning with multiple start dates per semester.
  • Learn by Term provides traditional semester-based online courses with set start and finish times.

Students must designate a KCTCS college as their Home College. The KCTCS Home College must have program approval to award the credential. Online classes are delivered by different KCTCS colleges, and the Home College accepts all system-wide online courses delivered by other KCTCS colleges.


This certificate program requires 9-12 credits for completion.

  • Official high school transcript or GED transcript
  • Official test scores (ACT, SAT, COMPASS, Wonderlic, or KYOTE)
  • AP scores, if applicable
  • College transcripts, if applicable

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Geographic Restrictions

Kentucky Community and Technical College System is a participant of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This program may not be authorized in non-member states and territories.