Payroll Administrator Apprenticeship
Programme Overview

The Payroll Administrator Apprenticeship programme is the latest apprenticeship to be offered by The Institute of Financial Operations and Leadership in partnership with the Global Payroll Association.

The course will be delivered over 18 months with a blend of online course materials and assessments, and virtual masterclasses delivered by highly experienced and respected Payroll Professionals. Learners will be fully supported from day 1 by highly experienced professionals who know and understand UK Payroll.

Benefiting from full funding from the Apprenticeship Levy for new and existing employees, this is the perfect solution for developing your skills or training your payroll team.

A unique programme and offering


The programme is fully funded through the apprenticeship levy or co-investment fund. Which means you’re guaranteed to receive at least 95% funding.


Study with us and you’ll be coached and supported by some of the most highly respected Payroll professionals in the UK


Upon successful completion, you’ll achieve certificates from The Global Payroll Association, Institute for Apprenticeships and of course IFOL.


Access to an exclusive community and resources including masterclasses, webinars, conferences and podcasts

Student Mentor

Kate Upcraft AMBCS, mGPA

Kate is a regular conference speaker, lecturer and writer on legislative issues, including tax and National Insurance, benefits and the whole range of employer compliance responsibilities.

She undertakes consultancy work with employers and payroll agents assisting them with topics such as payroll health checks, national minimum wage and auto-enrolment, systems selection and departmental re-engineering.

Kate is the vice chair of the ICAEW Employment Taxes and NI committee and Chair of the pan professional Reward and Employment Engagement Forum. Prior to setting up her own company in 2005, she was the Payroll Legislation Manager at M&S, for whom she worked for 20 years, eleven of them in payroll.

Who is the programme suitable for?

Individuals who typically, have responsibility for setting up and operating the payroll within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. The role may be located within a business / organisation or in a payroll bureau, bookkeeping or accounting practice, or professional services company. The job may sit within the HR or Finance function.

Is there an exam?

There is no exam however there is an End Point Assessment or EPA at the end of the Apprenticeship which is conducted independently by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

  1. Multiple Choice Questions, completed under exam conditions with an invigilator, lasting 2 hours
  2. Role Simulation, completed under exam conditions with an invigilator, lasting 3 hours
  3. A Professional Discussion

What are the costs involved?

The funding band for this apprenticeship is £9000.00 which is deduced in monthly from your employer Apprenticeship Levy account our Co-investment fund. There are no additional fees to pay.

How long does it take to complete?

Depending on your knowledge and experience, the programme is designed to be completed over an 18 month period.

How is the course delivered?

The course is a blend of online course materials and assessments along with virtual classes which are led by Payroll professionals. You’ll also receive a personal coach with significant Payroll experience.

When can I start?

Intakes are every 3 or 4 months throughout the year and can take 2-4 weeks to process your apprenticeship sign up, so please bear this in mind when selecting an intake window.

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