Certificate in Payroll Administration – Xero Stream

Become a Payroll Officer or add another string to your bow by extending your admin skills!

Administering a company’s payroll is a critical and demanding function. Our Practical Payroll course will give you an understanding of Payroll and self-assessment. This course clearly explains the essential components of all pay office functions and procedures and will help you get payroll right the first time, with special focus on Xero Payroll. It is an invaluable resource for payroll officers, administrators, business owners and advisers. Gain an accredited certificate.

Rated 4.49 out of 5 based on 67 customer ratings
(67 customer reviews)
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67 reviews for Certificate in Payroll Administration – Xero Stream

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alma Fleischer

    Started soon. Just a note on the material, Paysauce alsi intergrates with Xero Accounting Software. Practival Advice and tips wish i had done this when i first arrived in NZ

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Scammell


  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gomathi Deshpande

    I am sorry to inform this, I am really facing difficulty in my course complextion that is payroll administrationg. My tutor Selvaraj was very friendly and cooperative I am glad to have such tutor but the only this is don’t get quick response from my tutor

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liza Fowlds

    To do it on my own time

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liza Fowlds

    To do it on my own time

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ramesh Pathmanathan

    To be able to choose ones own time to study

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hanlie Bam

    im happy with what the course offered me i chose the career academy because was looking for a course that will help me in learning more and The Career Academy help me with that.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aneta Bond

    Thank you very much for your help with this course.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gurvir Kaur

    Remote access, tutor support, all course material available at one place.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynne O’Malley

    Easy to work through, quick feedback from tutors, lots of intro information as to how to navigate the online systems including videos which was helpful.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Burt

    The team at the Career Academy are very helpful and prompt with answers.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Federico Palenzona

    Everything about the course is really clear, I will probably do another course with The Career Academy.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Melissa Johnston

    So far so good, I love what I have learnt and cant wait to complete this course and see how I do…
    Next course I am definitely looking forward to 😀

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andre Henry

    Course content was really well presented, the tutors were great to contact and help with queries, I really enjoyed the Payroll course.

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sarah Laing

    I think the course is really helpful and I have found the tutors to be very helpful as well.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Riya Vinayan

    I chose Career Academy because of the flexibility and I can learn at my own pace. Before joining the course I read the reviews, everyone comments good about the courses and tutors and also interest free payment plan is very helpful.

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mandy Dukes

    I think the tutors were great, quick responses with any enqury. And were always friendy and helpfull. I have to admit I was abit surprised that the course wasnt longer. As I have already been working doing payroll I probly had already learnt some things. But I did learn alot more which is great. Im very happy. I will be back to do further study with the Career Academy.


    Mandy Dukes

  18. Rated 4 out of 5

    Renee Auckram

    Super busy with the end of the financial year but the time I have spent studying I have really enjoyed the content 🙂

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lesley-Ann Malonzo 

    As the beginner, I found the level of difficulty in lessons increased a lot in the exams and it was hard to answer exam questions. It is better to give both easy and difficult problems in lessons so that I can be prepared for more difficult exams.

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    Swapna Datla

    I found all of the tutors very good and helpful – whenever I asked them a question they were always happy to help.The course online was detailed, however I would have liked to be able to download printed material because this would have been more useful to me.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sani Jacob

    The tutors gave good feedback. I liked that you could do the course all online.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vaipa Isaako

    The Tutors are so good and the course is awsome

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Nightingale

    The course materials were extremely helpful and the design of the course meant it was easy to follow.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helena Lintern

    I cannot fault the tutors – they have been friendly, helpful and all feedback has been really constructive. The turnaround time in getting assessments back was fantastic – could not ask for better.

    All in all I have really enjoyed studying with the Career Academy – I have now completed 4 courses and will probably do another (I’ll just wait until there’s a super duper deal before signing up).

    Out of 5 I would probably give a 4 1/2. I would also be happy to recommend the Career Academy to friends and family.

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tina Kerr

    The course has been great, very informative, user friendly and easy to follow. So far I have found the tutors to be very professional and always willing to help. A . Looking forward to my next course. 🙂

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tina Kerr

    The Career Academy offers all that I require for the courses I wish to study, offer a great payment plan to fit a budget and finally I can do my course online with the help of your amazing tutors should the need arise.

    Thank you

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tamara Makiri

    I’m finding it not too easy and not too hard, more of a middle ground. It’s all going good though.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Vaughan-Williams

    There’s some great stuff in this course that I’m finding really interesting! This is my second course with the Career Academy and I’m absolutely enjoying what I’ve done so far.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Louisa Lee

    The Career Academy on a whole is fantastic so far.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Gurvir Kaur

    I chose the Career Academy because of the number of course options available, the flexible payments, and the brand reputation. Some of the course materials need to be updated; however, this course definitely increased my knowledge and help was there every time I needed it.

  31. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kayden Terewai Ashford-Katene Faiers

    I had heard good things about this course through career academy. The tutors were awesome for help!!!

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cayzia Mills

    This is the best way for me to learn more about Payroll. The marking of assessments is so fast! So great 🙂

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Taumili Aloseta

    The content and tutors are both very helpful.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Debbie Russell

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was the first time back to any form of study since leaving school and it was really good. It was a little bit of a challenge which is always good. The tutors were helpful and gave great feedback to my assignments.

  35. Rated 4 out of 5

    Katrina Prier

    I took this course alongside the Certificate in Bookkeeping. Some of the information in this course overlapped with that one but I still enjoyed it overall. Good tutors.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan  Martin

    The course was quite good, it pointed you towards all the information that you would need to know. I had two different tutors for the course and they were both really good. Very helpful.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sue Gamble

    The course covered all aspects of payroll and not just payroll packages. All tutors I dealt with were very helpful. Thank you!

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Robyn Park

    My employees suggested The Career Academy and I was happy with the course, nothing to improve.

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Neil Andrew Charteris

    A few spelling errors, but otherwise it was good and provided some good material on tax information.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donatila Gandela

    I really liked it this course. The tutors are extremely helpful and very nice, whenever I had a gap in my assignments they would always email me to remind me of what is due. I thought this was an excellent course.

  41. Rated 3 out of 5

    Navleen Bindra

    I am doing all the readings and plan to be done by early December. I do enjoy the course, and I haven’t needed much help from the tutors as of yet.

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Donna Bowmar

    Really informative, I’ve used a lot of the info from the reading so far.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simar Kaur

    Excellent course and very helpful tutors. Never had an issue. Will highly recommend Career academy to my friends and family.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna Gandela

    Based from my own evaluation while reading/watching feedback from previous students before I enrolled, its a great learning institution – teaching was brief, direct to the point and targeted topics aimed in securing a job. And I did not make a wrong choice. I found out myself the FACTS. TRULY your learning institution is GREAT. I was having problems because my computer (its a brand new Microsoft Surface 4) was hacked (hu!hu!hu!). I was encountering computer technical problems. That is why I could not get the exact figures/quantities required. The same I am encountering in excel because of my computer. I was supposed to finished this in just few weeks.
    Wish you will have more clients / students in the future.

  45. Rated 4 out of 5

    Teresa Richards

    I have just emailed my course tutor. She got back to me quickly and has answered my question and put me on the right track.
    Fantastic , thumbs up

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diana Green

    I liked the ease of completing the course and the payment options.

  47. Rated 1 out of 5

    Mimi Walle

    I chose to take this course through the advice of my boss.
    One problem I had was not having continuity of tutor. This would be helpful as I felt they were contradicting each other and worked with different material to mine.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    I dind’t know where to find this info then kaboom it was here.

  49. Rated 4 out of 5

    Swapnali Joshni

    Online study, erasy to manage job amd family responsibilities. I like to study online. Never did this before. First got confused but figured it out slowly

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katy Wade

    Excellent!Able to access distanced learning to fit out family and work commitments.

  51. Rated 4 out of 5

    Melvin Au

    There are not many online payroll courses available in NZ. This is why I choose to study with the career academy

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah Tawa

    I liked the fact that I had a text book as reading online can be more difficult. I was talking to my accountant who had done the book keeping course and it suited what I wanted to learn.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gayle Wilson

    I felt I needed to know more about the legislation of payroll . Your course was the only one that gives a general overview. All other courses I investigated went very much into detail and the law and were based in Auckland, which didn’t sute me in Rural Waikato. The cost was also good. Thank you very much. A lot of hard work on your side has been put into it.

  54. Rated 4 out of 5


    Convenient being online.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Vosloo

    I decided to study this course with The Career Academy because it was recommended by a friend and reasonably priced for the amount of information received. The speedy feedback on questions was much appreciated thank you very much.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nikki Sim

    Great course with overviews of all relevant payroll packages. Thoroughly enjoyed the course content and feel confident to look to utilize with my newly acquired skills. I really enjoyed the course content and layout.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deepthy Eranezhath Vengali Suresh

    The assessments and instructions were easy to follow. Help was available when I deeded it. This course is excellent overall

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hilary Gyles-Bedford

    The only aspect I can think of would be more practice with the different payroll systems and completing mini assignments in each one and an overall assignment in one system. And yes I understand there are many limitations to being able to enable something as suggested above. Otherwise well done. Provided what I was looking for – convenience and practicability.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenna Loeffen

    I found the course online and it suited what i was after

  60. Rated 4 out of 5

    Natalie De Goldi

    Good overall – convenient online at my own pace

  61. Rated 4 out of 5

    Stacy Lio

    Good overall – convenient online at my own pace

  62. Rated 4 out of 5

    Stacy Lio

    With regards to looking up and answering question regarding IRD and tax codes etc. I found it hard to find the answers in the IRD forms. Some of the content and questions ask were hard to understand. Please note it was only a couple of questions. I found it difficult to locate IRD numbers for the Payroll Scenarios. From the worksheet everyone has 0000000 listed as their IRD number. I found this part of the tasksheet difficult to follow. All in all the course was quick and easy to work through.
    I found this course on the web and after reading and watching the youtube clip it was easy to apply and admin team were quick to reply and sort the course with my work. thank you to all the tutors.

  63. Rated 4 out of 5

    Helena Lintern

    Flexibility, courses seem relevant to my current employment.

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Certificate in Payroll Administration – Xero Stream Includes

Developed and delivered by industry experts
Practical course content to get you workplace ready!
Learn in your own time and at your own pace
Unlimited expert tutor support
Select a payment plan that suits you and your income

Key benefits

  • Gain an employer recognised Certificate in Payroll Administration
  • Learn the fundamentals of Payroll legislation, payroll software and administration
  • Increase your job prospects or move forward in your career. Gain 10 CPD hours on completion.
  • Gain employment as a Payroll administrator, Payroll Officer or Payroll Manager

This is designed for

  • Those working or wanting to work in Payroll Administration
  • Business owners and managers who want to better understand payroll.
  • Those looking to upskill in their current admin position
  • People who use Xero Payroll and want to learn more

This course is accredited by ICOES

Xero Accounting Training Online AccreditedICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from a reputable training organisation. ICOES is the accrediting body that establishes, monitors and continually develops the educational standards of online teaching institutions.


Developed by Xero Certified Trainers

Xero Accounting Training Online Accredited

Course summary

Investment: $695 + GST or only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan.


Assessment: 10 modules / 10 assignments


Duration: 18 – 20 hours total. Start when you enroll.


Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months before you complete.


Delivery: Online with tutor support via phone and email

Covering ten modules

  1. Fundamentals of Payroll
  2. Introduction to Xero Online
  3. Setting up Xero Payroll
  4. Managing Payroll Items with Xero
  5. New Employees & Leave Requests with Xero
  6. Pay Templates in Xero
  7. Pay Runs in Xero
  8. Payslips & Payroll Reporting with Xero
  9. Employment Payment Summaries with Xero
  10. Xero Payroll Assessment

Our students say

★★★★★“The course materials were extremely helpful and the design of the course meant it was easy to follow.” – Catherine Nightingale


★★★★★“The course covered all aspects of payroll and not just payroll packages. All tutors I dealt with were very helpful. Thank you!”– Sue Gamble

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