Certificate in

Payroll Practice & Management

Sharpen your skills and expand your knowledge of all aspects of payroll management. Build your credentials and set yourself apart in this constantly evolving field.


Education that Moves You Forward

Cal State East Bay’s Payroll Practice and Management Certificate Program provides you with the knowledge needed to drive your career forward. Whether you are new to the payroll profession or are an experienced payroll professional looking to refresh your knowledge, this online course ensures you have a solid foundation for a successful career.

Test PrepAmerican Payroll Association

Prepare for the Certified Payroll Professional Test given by the American Payroll Association

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Taught by nationally recognized professionals in payroll management

Gain working knowledge of all facets of payroll, from the basics of wage and hour law to the complexities of fringe benefits, taxation, and garnishments – including in-depth examination of such topics as Section 125 and 129 plans, different types of stock options, expatriate employee compensation, and more.

As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s online program, you’ll receive the same high quality education available to traditional students. Most importantly, you can set your own pace and expand your education in a way that works best for you. You’ll have a challenging curriculum as well as one-on-one interaction with your instructors

A Curriculum with Real World Application

As a student in the Payroll Practice and Management Program, you will gain expertise in a range of topics, including:

Year-end reporting, employee classification per the IRC and FLSA, and other payroll requirements.

Reading, interpreting, and applying IRS tax requirements.

Federal taxation regulations in relation to payroll preparation and proper taxation of wages under state regulations, along with multi-state taxation and federal and state-specific tax deposit requirements.

How to manage a payroll staff, how to organize a year-end season in a payroll department, and how technology impacts payroll management.

The Profession that Pays

As a certified payroll professional, you’ll play an important part in the lives of both your employer and your organization’s employees. Employees will rely on you for accurate and timely delivery of their wages. Governmental agencies and companies both large and small will rely on your expertise not only for payroll processing but also for ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory standards. 

Whether you are new to the payroll profession or a seasoned professional, your certification in payroll processing demonstrates to employers that you have the knowledge and practical skills to be an effective contributor to the organization. 

Occupational Trends:

The number of jobs for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was 1,730,500 in 2016.

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

In 2017, the top 10 percentile of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks earned more than $60,670.

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Employment of human resources managers, a category which includes payroll managers, is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026.

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

The median annual wage for human resources managers was $110,120 in 2017.

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

An Education You Can Rely On

Financial regulations will continue to change, and those changes will greatly impact businesses across the country. Employers will rely on knowledgeable certified payroll professionals like you to navigate those regulations, ensure compliance, and avoid costly fines.

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With CSUEB’s payroll training course under your belt, you’ll have the skill and confidence to make an impact in payroll processing organizations as well as in finance, accounting, or human resource departments.

Graduates of CSUEB’s program put their knowledge to work preparing and documenting payroll checks, filing tax and voluntary deduction reports, processing levies and garnishments, and more. Still others have advanced into payroll administrator positions where they are responsible for writing payroll procedures and manuals and managing payroll staff. 

Program Objectives:

Completing Cal State East Bay’s payroll course will provide you with:

Greater understanding of fringe benefit types, including qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation, third party sick pay, relocation, and personal use of a company vehicle. Proper federal taxation of such benefits will also be reviewed.

The ability to complete and process the Form W-4.

Greater insight into a variety of topics such as supplemental wage taxation as well as expatriate and non-resident alien taxes.

Program Format

The Payroll Practice and Management Certificate Program is conveniently offered online, so Internet access is required. You will also need access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word, and a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Player. 

Certificate Requirements

To earn your Payroll Practice and Management Certificate, you must complete one required course containing the following four modules.

Module One: Wage and Hour Law
Gain a greater understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act, classifying workers, calculating gross pay, and other FLSA Requirements.
Module Two: Taxation and Compensation
In this module, you’ll learn about both federal and state payroll taxes, multistate taxation, wages and compensation, and other topics closely associated with taxation and compensation.
Module Three: Fringe Benefits, Compensation and Taxation
This module provides you with greater insight into deferred compensation, Section 125 and 129 Plans, stock options, expatriate employees, and other topics associated with benefits, compensation and taxation.
Module Four: Payroll Management and Year End Reporting
Gain insight into payroll procedures, working with the IRS, garnishments and levies, year-end form review and other topics to improve payroll management and streamline year end reporting.
Course Units Fall Spring Summer
EXTX 106: Payroll Practice and Management
8 CEUs
VIcki M. Lambert

Certified Payroll Professional


VIcki M. Lambert


VIcki M. Lambert, CPP is president and academic director of Vicki M. Lambert, LLC and  These entities specialize in the education and training of payroll professionals.  With over 37 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 25 years as an author and trainer, Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues.

She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States as well as serving as an in-house trainer for businesses such as Sun Microsystems, Fox Studios, Disney, County of Riverside, and the City of Hesperia.  Lambert currently produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars, and webcasts for clients, APA chapters, and business groups throughout the country.

In addition, Lambert has written extensively on payroll administration and compliance issues for publishers such as John S. Wiley & Sons, Institute of Management & Administration (IOMA), Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Thompson Publishing Group, and Commerce Clearing House (CCH).  A partial list of titles of her major books and guides include, Complete Guide to Federal And State Payroll Compliance, Federal & State Wage/Hour Compliance Guide, Payroll: A Guide to Running an Efficient Department, Complete Guide to California Payroll Compliance, Garnishment: A Practical Guide, and Payroll Benchmarks & Analysis.

Lambert has also edited and contributed to numerous newsletters and magazines published by Thompson Publishing, IOMA, BNA, Aspen Publishing, and others.

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VIcki M. Lambert

VIcki M. LambertCPP

Ready to Enroll?

Admission to the Payroll Practice and Management Certificate Program is open to any interested student who is proficient in keyboarding, has a basic understanding of a word processing program (Microsoft Word recommended), and has a command of English grammar and punctuation. No payroll or office work experience is required.

Enrollment Deadlines

CSUEB’s Payroll Practice and Management Certificate is an open enrollment program. You can register and start the program at any time. 

Common Questions

When can I start the program? 
This program has open enrollment, so you can register and start the program as soon as you are ready. After you have accessed the program curriculum or received a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Can I register for programs if I am an international student? 
Yes. The program is not eligible for a F1 Student Visa or I-20, but you can enroll in and take the program from your home country as long as you have access to a computer with a fast internet connection such as DSL or cable.

How long does it take to complete a program? 
This program is self-paced with open enrollment, so you can start when you choose and complete the course at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete the program. If you need additional time, please notify Ed2Go for further information.

Who will be my instructor? 
All facilitators are successful working professionals in the payroll and management field. You will be paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available via e-mail to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. 

Do I have to buy additional materials?
No. Your tuition covers all course material. ed2go will ship all materials to you after enrollment.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs, and what are the system requirements?
To participate in the online program, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access program content from any Web-enabled computer. You do not have to use the same computer to log in to the program every time. A word processing program such as Microsoft Word and the latest version of Internet Explorer are also recommended.

Can I use a Mac?
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

What happens when I complete the program
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from California State University, East Bay. 

Am I guaranteed a job? 
CSUEB’s partner, ed2go, does not provide direct job placement services. However, ed2go’s facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. 

How can I get more information about the program? 
For additional information, visit ed2go. If you have questions not answered on the website, please contact ed2go via the LIVE chat feature or “Contact Us” form on the website. You may also contact the ed2go team at 1-855-520-6806. All questions will be answered promptly.


How much does the program cost?
The total estimated cost of the Payroll Practice and Management Program is $1,850. Please note that program tuition fees are subject to change at any time.

What is the program’s refund policy?
This program is offered in partnership with ed2go. According to ed2go's refund policy, students are ineligible for a refund of course registration fees after they obtain course materials and have been given access to the online class.

What financing options are available to me?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Payroll Practice and Management

Ideal for: Individuals seeking to become payroll specialists, professionals with payroll experience who want to refresh or expand their knowledge, and those who seek to prepare for the CPP Exam

Program format: Online

Number of courses: 1 course

Program length: 6-12 months, self-paced

Tuition cost: $1,850 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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