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A recognised qualification in just 3 days!

Combine our 3 basic one-day payroll workshops:

Subsequently complete the optional assignments and you will be awarded the Pearson/Edexcel/BTEC Level 3 Award in Payroll Techniques.

To further your professional development you can then progress to the Advanced Technician Course.

*Price is £1,299 + VAT with assignments.

Your payroll course overview:

Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

£1,099* +VAT


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

CPD 18 hours


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



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Those who wish to develop their knowledge and career to a professional level and obtain a nationally recognised qualification in the process. This programme is ideal if:

  • You wish to bring an individual or a whole team through the qualification route quickly
  • You have been in payroll for many years but have no formal qualification

Throughout the programme, our expert tutors follow a proven step-by-step approach to learning, providing considered and detailed explanations with a mixture of examples and practical applications.

By the end of the whole programme, delegates will have received a thorough and practical overview of these payroll subjects and techniques:

  • Complete a simple payslip having calculated tax and NI manually
  • Deal with the regulatory documentation for starters and leavers
  • Explain to employees how HMRC has arrived at their tax code
  • Explain the importance of arriving at the correct NI table letters
  • Gross to net calculations with confidence
  • A solid working knowledge of each of the following statutory payments: SPP, SMP, SSP, SAP, ShPP
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption rights
  • More complex PAYE and NICs calculations and understanding of the related legislation
  • An understanding of the different types of court orders and how they operate in the UK
  • Dealing effectively with Student Loan deductions

How the UK tax and NI system works

  • Understanding the key dates in the tax year
  • Rates of tax and NI
  • Personal allowances
  • Tax and NI thresholds
  • Importance of NI numbers.

Gross pay

  • What gross pay is and what additions to pay there might be
  • What deductions from pay are allowed before tax
  • What elements of pay are treated differently for tax and NI

Pay and earnings periods

  • The effect on tax and NI when employees are paid weekly, fortnightly, four-weekly and monthly and how to use the tax calendar correctly

Calculation of tax

  • What a tax code is and how it is derived
  • The difference between a cumulative and non-cumulative basis (week1/month1)
  • How HMRC notifies tax code changes
  • How to calculate the pay adjustment
  • How to calculate tax

Calculation of National Insurance

  • What an NI table letter is, how it is derived and its impact on the calculation of NIC
  • NI for employees
    • Not yet 16
    • Under 21
    • Apprentices under 25
    • Over state pension age
  • How to calculate NI using the exact percentage and table methods

New employees and leavers

  • Dealing with starters and leavers
    • P45s
    • Starter Declarations


  • Step-by-step calculations of tax and NI with examples and exercises
  • Preparation of a manual payroll with tutor assistance
  • The makeup of a payslip
    • What has to be entered in order to meet legal requirements

Statutory Maternity Pay

  • Form MATB1, and key dates for entitlement
  • Requirements for notification, qualifying service, and calculating average earnings
  • Other key factors, including:
  • Effect of early birth
  • Pregnancy-related absence
  • Working for more than one employer
  • When to start paying SMP
  • How to calculate the SMP to be paid
  • How much to recover
  • Understanding the notice requirements
  • How to complete forms SMP1 and SMP2

Maternity rights

  • Entitlement to and differences between Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) and Additional Maternity Leave (AML):
    • Notice periods
    • Terms and conditions during leave
    • Right to return to same job or not

Statutory Adoption Pay and Leave

  • Brief overview of Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay

Parental Leave and time off for dependants

  • Brief overview of parental leave and time off for dependents

Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave

  • How to determine the key dates
  • Entitlement to SPP, the requirements for notification and evidence, qualifying service
  • Calculating average earnings
  • Other key factors:
    • When SSP overrides SPP
    • Early birth
    • Working for another employer
    • When to start paying SPP
    • How much SPP to pay
    • SPP1

Overview of Shared Parental Leave and Pay

  • Eligibility criteria for shared parental leave and pay
  • Notice requirements
  • Qualifying criteria
  • Rate of ShPP

Statutory Sick Pay

  • Defining a Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW)
  • Linking of PIWs
  • Defining Qualifying Days (QD)
  • Defining Waiting Days (WD)
  • The use of self-certificates and the provision of medical evidence
  • Calculating average earnings
  • Making decisions on entitlement and exclusion
  • How to complete form SSP1
  • Step-by-step calculations, plus examples and exercises, with tutor assistance

Calculation of SPP, SSP, SMP, ShPP and maternity leave

  • Step-by-step calculations, examples and exercises, assisted by the tutor

Tax and NI

  • Brief review of basic tax and NI calculations
  • Correct tax and NI treatment of:
    • expenses
    • vouchers
    • approved mileage allowance payments
    • holiday pay
    • pay-in-lieu-of-notice (PILON)
    • other payments made when, or after, an employee leaves
  • Lawful deductions from pay and the protection of wages provisions of the Employment Rights Act as it applies to:
    • Statutory deductions
    • Contractual deductions
    • Voluntary deductions
  • How to avoid problems when recovering overpayments of wages.

National minimum wage

  • The rights of workers and their implications for payroll
  • Record-keeping requirements

Working Time Regulations

  • The rights of workers and their implications for payroll
  • Paid annual leave rules
  • Record keeping requirements

Asylum and Immigration Act

  • The procedures to avoid heavy penalties when taking on new employees

Court Orders

  • All of the different types of court order in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (the appropriate orders are covered depending on where the workshop is held)
  • Step-by-step calculations with examples, exercises and tutor assistance

Student Loan Deductions

  • The forms that can trigger student loan deductions
  • Calculating the deductions using calculator or tables
  • When to stop deducting
  • Completion a P45 when an employee leaves
  • Reporting requirements

"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"For the last few years we have taken advantage of the in house update courses, meaning our payroll and HR staff benefit from the excellent and consistent advice given. The manual is invaluable as is the ongoing support."

Rosi Strasshine - Payroll Manager, Isos Housing Group

"I cannot praise these training days enough – they are thoroughly enjoyable and informative, can be tailored to individual company needs and carried out in a relaxed, non-pressured way that everyone appreciates."

Rosi Strasshine - Payroll Manager, Isos Housing Group

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

Tracey Hinton - Payroll Manager at Wilson James Limited

"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service