Certified Payroll Representative Advantages

CPR Upon receipt of the Certified Payroll Representative Certificate within the institution's Financial Certification Program, recipients will have the skills to:

  • Apply the payroll schedules to department business processes to ensure transactions meet deadlines for the exempt and nonexempt payrolls and the non-compensatory payment system.
  • Apply the fundamentals of the Payroll Structure as the foundation of position management within SAP.
  • Understand key terminology in order to better communicate payroll information within the department and between the department and corporate functions.
  • Apply General Ledger accounting to payroll expenses.
  • Use iForms to process a variety of payroll master data transactions including the following:
    • Hiring
    • Cost Distribution Changes
    • Secondary Positions
    • Personal Data Changes
    • Transfers
    • Rate and Schedule Changes
    • Position Reclassifications
    • Terminations
  • Understand and apply the process for hiring secondary employees.*
  • Understand basic guidelines for work study recipients and parameters for issuing payments.*
  • Understand purpose and procedures for the different methods of issuing payments to nonexempt employees:
    • Time reports submitted through MyTime in Duke@Work
    • The Time and Attendance System
    • Gross adjustments
  • Understand purpose and procedures for the different methods of issuing payments and tracking time away from work for exempt employees:
    • Supplemental Payments
    • Pay Exceptions
    • Exempt Time Reporting for time away from Duke
  • Use a variety of reports to better understand payroll expenses for both exempt and nonexempt employees.
    • Understand the source of fringe benefit charges, how rates are applied, as well as the purpose of different fringe rates.
    • Manage overtime costs through the use of the Biweekly Overtime Report.
  • Maintain current understanding of new payroll processes, procedures, and Duke or governmental compliance requirements.
  • Serve as the liaison between the department and Corporate Payroll Services.
  • Understand the payroll policies and procedures that support Time and Attendance, how to interpret a time report in Time and Attendance, reports available through Time and Attendance, and how to request changes to system parameters in Time and Attendance.*
  • Differentiate between compensatory and non-compensatory individuals and the process and parameters for processing payments for non-compensatory recipients.*
  • Support departmental efforts to issue payments to Foreign Nationals while ensuring the department complies with immigration and tax regulations protecting both the institution and the individual employee.
  • Discuss and review tools designed to help departments determine if an individual should be an employee or an independent contractor.
    • Employee vs. Independent Contractor Determination Matrix
    • The Independent Contractor Checklist
    • The Short-Term Hire Matrix

 

*In-depth understanding of these skills is acquired through completion of elective courses. An individual completing certification must have at least two electives to receive his/her certificate.

This certification does not provide a recipient with the following:

  • Detailed understanding of Duke University or DUHS’ pay policies.
  • Detailed understanding Duke University or DUHS’ compliance requirements.
  • With the exception of iForms, hands-on training with any Duke University or DUHS system.