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Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business (QCF) 601/0483/1


This qualification is builds on the knowledge gained at level 2 to process the more complex tasks required at this level using Sage 50 payroll software. Real Time Information (RTI) is fully covered with clear instructions for the processes and reports that are required.


The IAB Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business is made up of:

4 – Paper Knowledge Tests
2 – Assignments

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Who is this qualification for?

The IAB Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business is suitable for:

  • Individuals who are aspiring to become, or who are already, professional payroll processors and administrators.
  • Individuals who already have some payroll experience and who wish to acquire further skills and knowledge required of Payroll Clerks and Payroll Administrators.
  • Individuals who already hold an IAB level 2 Payroll qualification, particularly the level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business.
  • Individuals who are already employed in payroll or allied roles and who wish to enhance their firm foundation and the knowledge and skills to perform some advanced routine and non-routine tasks using a computerised payroll package.
  • Individuals who may wish to continue to a higher level of study in payroll and related subjects and qualifications.

What you’ll study

The IAB Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business contains the following units:

Employment legislation for payroll – T/601/8136 (level 3 – 2 credits)

  • Understand employment rights and related legislation as it applies to payroll
  • Understand attachment of earnings legislation
  • Understand data security and protection legislation in relation to payroll

Statutory and non-statutory reporting of payroll data – D/505/1296 (level 3 – 2 credits)

  • Understand statutory reporting requirements
  • Understand the non-statutory reporting requirements

PAYE, Income tax and National Insurance Contributions – A/505/1337 (level 3 – 5 credits)

  • Understand the relevant tax authority and legislation
  • Understand types of payments and deductions and how these are made
  • Know what needs to be communicated to external agencies and employees in relation to PAYE and NIC

Theory of termination of employment – J/505/1339 (level 3 – 3 credits)

  • Understand the process for termination of employment payments
  • Understand other processes for leavers

Determining Gross Pay – L/505/1293 (level 3 – 4 credits)

  • Be able to process payroll information
  • Be able to ensure that all legislation for statutory payments is followed correctly
  • Be able to identify any errors and respond to queries effectively

Computerised Payroll administration – L/505/1391 (level 3 – 8 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 enter voluntary and statutory additions and Deductions
  • Be able to process the payroll
  • Be able to produce reports to enable reconciliation of payments and deductions to external agencies
  • Understand how and why payroll data is maintained

Learning Resources Available

Once the course fees have been paid and the learner registered, they will get a full copy of the latest version of Sage 50 Payroll, which will be time limited for them to use for the duration of their course.  This means the learner can work at home and ensures they are up to date with the latest software developments.

The learner will also receive two workbooks that covers the full course.  The workbooks includes not only the practical work using Sage software, but also the underpinning payroll knowledge to cover the learning required for coverage of the knowledge units.  There are an abundance of screen shots from the software, so they can see what exactly they should be doing and how this relates to payroll processing.

NB – Students can register for this qualification without requesting the Sage disc and workbooks.

Next Steps

Apply for professional membership at the grade of Associate

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