Level 1 Certificate in Payroll (QCF) 601/0474/0

Overview

This qualification introduces record keeping and processing, giving the candidate the necessary skills to record payroll transactions in a computerised environment.

The IAB Level 1 Certificate in Payroll is made up of:

1 – Online Computerised Test
2 – Paper Assignment
1 – Examination

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Who is this qualification for?

The IAB Level 1 Certificate in Payroll is suitable for:

  • Individuals who are keen to gain an understanding of basic payroll procedures and also those who wish to become professional payroll processors.
  • Individuals who are new to payroll and who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge required of payroll clerks prior to employment.
  • Individuals who wish to understand the PAYE system for their own interest.
  • Individuals who wish to return to working and wish to add payroll to their skills.
  • Individuals preparing for or undertaking a competence qualification or apprenticeship in Payroll at Level 2 who wish to underpin this with a thorough grounding in the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills associated with producing and processing a payroll at that level.

What you’ll study

The IAB Level 1 Certificate in Payroll is made up of the following units:

Payroll preparation – H5051154 (level 1 – 3 credits)

  • Understand what constitutes basic pay for different payroll periods
  • Understand the principles of calculating overtime payments
  • Know the difference between statutory and voluntary deductions.
  • Understand the principles of the PAYE system.
  • Understand the principles of the National Insurance system.
  • Understand the procedures for completing starters and leavers information
  • Understand the internal procedures for finalising the payroll
  • Understand the HMRC reporting requirements

Generating an employee record – M5051142 (level 1 – 1 credit)

  • Be able to complete internal information relating to a starter
  • Be able to process a new employee with a P45
  • Be able to process a new employee who does not have a P45

Making gross pay calculations – F5051145 (level 1 – 2 credit)

  • Be able to calculate basic pay for different payroll periods
  • Be able to calculate overtime payable from given information
  • Be able to implement permanent changes to rates of pay from given organisational information

Payroll processing – J5051146 (level 1 – 2 credits)

  • Be able to determine Income tax to be deducted from Gross Pay.
  • Be able to determine National Insurance Contributions to be deducted from Gross Pay.
  • Be able to reconcile the payroll and make payments to employees

Processing leavers – L5051150 (level 1 – 1 credit)

  • Be able to complete internal and statutory procedures for a leaver

Computerised payroll administration – T5051157 (Level 1 – 4 credits)

  • Be able to set up a computerised payroll system
  • Be able to set up employee records and payroll data in a computerised payroll system
  • Be able to enter details of gross pay into the computerised payroll system
  • Be able to process the payroll
  • Be able to back up and/or restore payroll data
  • Understand statutory requirements for submitting information

Learning Resources Available

The Level 1 Payroll book covers manual element of this qualification, and can be bought here

Next Steps

Upon successful completion of this qualification you could move onto one of the following:

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