Question & Anwsers

Please review our questions and anwsers below. If your question is not anwsered here, please contact us.

Yes. We assume zero knowledge regardless of your experience levels. 

Absolutely. The Payroll Academy was setup by industry professionals for the sole purpose of providing a simple and direct path to attaining an industry leading qualification. 

You have 12 months access from the date of registration. You can renew at the end of the 12 months if you require more time.

You have a choice of five different computerised courses to choose from including Sage Payroll (recommended), Thesaurus Payroll Manager, Brightpay, Simplepay or Big Red Book for your computerised lessons. The Payroll Academy team has over 20 years experience working for and with many of Irelands leading payroll software providers. This industry led experience very much informed our choice for our computerised course lessons. Sage Payroll is the default selection for all new students and is the best option for those with no experience of payroll software systems. If your company uses one of the other systems above, you are free to choose it when you login to our course portal.

We recommend 2-3 hours per week over 12-14 weeks. If you have additional time you can complete the course in a shorter time period. There is no restriction or drip feeding of content so you may complete the course at your own pace.

For individual students the cost is €197 for 12 months access. We also offer corporate rates for multiple students.

Yes. There is an option to pay monthly. (4 interest FREE monthly payments of €49.25). See our pricing page for more details.

Yes. All modules must be completed in order as they appear in our course curriculum. You can not skip modules or units. Modules and units will only activate once the previous module/unit has been completed. Once you have successfully completed all modules and units your certificate will issue automatically. (Please note: We do not issue print versions of certificates, all certificates are digital copies which you may download and print from within your account portal.)

A pass rate of 80% is required to successfully complete the course and receive your certificate.

No. We use continuous assessment throughout the course. You will be assessed per unit using our short multiple choice exam quizzes. A pass rate of 80% is required to move on to the next unit or module. Exam quizzes can be taken multiple times.

Yes. You have direct access to tutors from within your course portal where you can ask questions. You can also communicate with fellow students via our portal groups and share your knowledge with others.

Once you signup for an account you will be sent a user name and password. You can login to our course portal via the “Course Login” button on the top right of all our webpages.


No. You can access the course portal from any device, mobile, tablet, desktop or laptop. Our portal is cloud hosted so there are no device restrictions.

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