Certified Payroll Representative

CPR Certified Payroll Representative certification is designed for those individuals who are payroll representatives or backup payroll representatives and who are interested in advancing their professional growth and development. Comprehensive training will teach specific skills and techniques, improve job performance, minimize mistakes, bolster compliance measures, and provide a credential recognized and respected within the Duke community.

Certified employees will exit the program with enhanced skills as outlined in detail in the Outcomes Outlines. Managers throughout Duke are encouraged to use their employee-participants in value-added roles by:

  • Delegating additional work and responsibilities to the participant
  • Supporting employee growth and development from certification
  • Seeking new hires who have completed certification

Program Requirements

To achieve a Certified Payroll Representative certification, participants should allow 2-6 months to complete all course curriculums. The Certified Payroll Representative curriculum requires sequencing of courses in two groups with mandatory benchmarks at months three and six. The required courses/skills and groupings are as follows:


  • Introduction to SAP (online)
  • Microsoft® Windows® operating system
  • Microsoft® Excel®

Group A: Within the First Three Months:

  • Intro to Duke Accounting and Business Processes
  • Intro to Duke G/L Accounts (online)
  • New Departmental Payroll Representative
  • iForms

Group B: Within the First Six Months:

  • Time and Attendance – Required for DUHS and all applicable University/School of Medicine Departments  
  • Gross Adjustments
  • Paying Exempt Employees
  • Employee Vs. Independent Contractor
  • Two Electives from the following:
    • DUHS:  Secondary Positions, Employee Transfers, Payroll and Leave of Absences, Payroll Reconciliation, Foreign National Payment Process,
    • University and School of Medicine - All of the courses listed above plus Issuing Non-compensatory Payments and Payroll and Work Study