Includes the Following Courses
Combined HR and Payroll Certification
Human Resources (HR) is a vital component of any business. With this combined course, you will not only gain valuable skills that will fast-track your career in this sector but you will also learn the foundations of payroll management. Taken as a whole, this course will equip you with the ability to get the best performance from your company’s employees and ensure that their pay is managed in an efficient manner.
The course will benefit those employed in HR and accounting departments, and also those looking to set up or expand their own business. Upon completion of this in-depth course, you will be able to rest assured that you are acting in accordance with UK legislation.
What You Will Learn
This combined course includes the following elements:
- Human Resources Certification Level 2
- Payroll Systems and Management Certification Level 2
Human Resources Certification Level 2
This course teaches you the purpose, value and nature of HR. You will then learn exactly how to get the best possible performance from employees at every stage of their journey from initial recruitment through to promotion and training. This course will allow you to develop all the skills you need to succeed, from interview techniques and welcoming new employees to understanding the nature and purpose of high-level strategic planning.
You will also learn how to deal with problems and grievances which may arise, including workplace bullying and disciplinary procedures. Legislation and best practice are emphasised throughout, for example in relation to the employee recruitment process and drawing up contracts of employment.
Payroll Systems and Management Certification Level 2
This course begins with the most important information you need in order to appreciate the importance of payroll systems and how they work. You will learn the importance of keeping good records, adequate staff training and ensuring that your processes are in line with the requirements laid down by HMRC. When employees stop or start working for a company certain payroll procedures must be put into place, and this course explains exactly what you need to do in these situations.
You will learn the difference between gross and net pay, how to take into account various types of deductions, how to calculate national insurance contributions and many other essential procedures required in successful payroll management.
The Benefits of Our Complete HR and Payroll Course
This course will give you valuable insight into the most common procedures used by those working in HR and payroll positions. The background provided by this course will enable you to progress in almost any small, medium or large business. You will gain knowledge not only of practical processes, but also how HR and businesses in general benefit from high-level strategic planning.
Further benefits include:
- Study at home and online
- Study at your own pace
- Access to full online support whilst completing the course
- Easy-to-read modules packed with information
- No entry requirements
- Receive an accredited qualification upon completion
If you are looking to advance your career in either HR or payroll, this combined course is an excellent choice as it will give you an excellent foundation in both areas. This will make you an attractive prospect to employers, or give you the confidence to hire and manage your own employees.
Human Resources Certification Level 2
- What is human resources?
- What is the purpose of human resources?
- HR outsourcing vs in-house management
- Advantages and disadvantages of HR departments
- Practising human resources
- HR good practices
- Good practice indicators
- Human resource management
- Legal responsibilities of an interviewer
- Preparing for an interview
- Setting up an interviewee database
- Questioning techniques
- Preparing for a new employee
- New employee induction
- Contract of employment guidelines
- Example contract
- Personnel records
- Disciplinary action and grievance procedures
- What is human capital management?
- Understanding human capital management
- Identifying what human capital management involves
- Important duties
- Management skills.
- Personal traits.
- Areas to work on.
- Key skill areas.
- HR toolkit purpose.
- What the toolkit provides.
- What to include in the toolkit.
- Benefits of a HR toolkit.
- What corporate social responsibility means and how it impacts human resources.
- Implementing green practices.
- Key areas.
- Strategy development.
- What is organisational behaviour?
- Organisational behaviour and management
- Approaches to organisational behaviour
- Organisational behaviour model
- Relationship management
- Interaction styles
- Team dynamics
- Understanding motivation and commitment in companies
- Cost of employee turnover
- Why employees become demotivated
- History of performance management
- Guiding principles
- Topics for employee training
- Career and management development
- Effective employee training programmes
- Contract of employment
- Types of contracts
- Positions within the human resources industry
- Career development opportunities
- Understanding career development within a company
- Career development plan
- Impact of technology on HR
- Technology trends
- Benefits of technology in HR
- Technology and the evolution of HR
- Strategic planning
- Mission statements
- Mission statement examples
- Optimal staffing
- Understanding work place violence
- Preventing and addressing bullying
- Resolving conflict
Payroll Systems and Management Certification Level 2
- What exactly a payroll system is
- Why you need an effective payroll system in place at all
- How a large business and small business work differently in terms of their payroll systems
- What you need to know in terms of HMRC (the taxman)
- The basics of how to set up a payroll system
- Safety measures in case of unforeseen circumstances
- Communication issues and what happens if you don't communicate important information
- Paperwork you will need to generate
- Reiteration on why you need an effective payroll system in place
- The fundamental points of what a payroll system needs to include
- Why payroll and HMRC requirements go hand in hand
- Why a high quality payroll system keeps employees happy overall
- Why it is important to familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of your payroll system
- Training staff on how to run your payroll system
- Why it is important to regularly review your system and maintain it
- Communication is literally everything when it comes to the best payroll system you can implement
- What to do when an employee starts employment within the company, including the procedure you will need to follow
- What to do when an employee leaves employment within the company, including the procedure you will need to follow
- What is a P45? And why do you need the information within it?
- Communication issues relating to employment changes and why this is a vital part of the payroll system for your business
- What you need to do when a new employee joins the company, including the paperwork and information you need in order to set them up on your payroll system
- Why HMRC need to know such information relating to employment changes, to reinforce your understanding
- What to do in relation to student loan deductions from an employee's salary and how to report deductions to HMRC
- How you can ensure your new employee gets paid correctly and on time, and why this is so vitally important
- Exactly what gross pay is
- Exactly what net pay is
- How to calculate these types of pay, bearing in mind that software often does the hard work for you
- The importance of payroll software in calculating net and gross pay, as well as why your software should produce a clear wage slip for your employees to understand
- Exactly what net pay is, and why it differs from gross pay
- What a voluntary deduction is, and some examples
- What a statutory deduction is
- How voluntary and statutory deductions affect an employee's pay at the end of the week or month
- What exactly is statutory pay?
- When can an employee claim statutory pay, and how long can they claim it for?
- How does an employee qualify for statutory pay, and what are the exceptions?
- Record keeping in relation to statutory pay, what do you need to do?
- What exactly the National Minimum Wage is in the UK
- How the National Minimum Wage affects apprentices
- Who isn't entitled to the National Minimum Wage
- What happens if you don't pay an employee the National Minimum Wage
- What is the National Insurance Contributions system (NIC)? And what actually is National Insurance?
- Why do we pay National Insurance? What do contributions entitle us to as workers, both now and in the future?
- Different types and rates of National Insurance, and what they mean for your employee. A general overview of the system types, and who they apply to.
- Employer's National Insurance contributions, rates and explanation.
- Exactly what the National Insurance system is, and what it is for
- The potential reasons why an employee may pay less National Insurance contributions through their wage statutory deductions
- How do you report to HMRC that an employee is paying less National Insurance
- Recordkeeping in relation to National Insurance contributions
- What is the PAYE system in the UK?
- Why is the PAYE system beneficial for both employers and employees?
- What are tax codes, and why are they important?
- How do you send PAYE information to HMRC?
- Exactly what the PAYE system is in the UK
- An employer's responsibilities in terms of PAYE and reporting to HMRC
- How to report PAYE information to HMRC, reiterating previous knowledge
- What to do if you employ someone else to run your payroll duties and your responsibilities in accordance with this
- What exactly is the Employment Allowance?
- How does the Employment Allowance benefit a business?
- Reiteration on Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) for both employees and employers
- When can you claim Employment Allowance?
- What exactly is an employment termination payment?
- Under what circumstances would an employment termination payment be made?
- Payments in relation to redundancy - what are they? How are they taxed? How are they reported?
- Why is the subject of employment termination payments such a grey area?
- What is retirement? A quick definition of the term
- Different types of pension schemes, and what they mean for the employee
- Workplace pensions, the ins and outs explained
- State Pension, the ins and outs explained
- What is RTI (Real Time Information)?
- How do RTI and PAYE go hand in hand?
- How do you report payroll information in RTI? Who undertakes this task?
- What to do if you outsource your payroll duties
- What does payroll software actually do? Why does a business need it?
- Why your software needs to be HMRC tested and recommended
- Software options for small businesses, with 10 employees or less
- Software options for larger businesses, with more than 10 employees
- How can an error to payroll occur?
- What are the consequences of not correcting errors to your payroll submission to HMRC?
- What to do if you pay your employee too little, or too much
- What to do if you report the wrong pay or deductions to HMRC/you pay HMRC incorrectly
- Why do employers need to keep employee records, and what information needs to be kept? How long does this information need to be kept for?
- Data Protection - why an employer needs to comply, and what this consists of
- Payroll records from HMRC point of view, what you need to do, and what records you need to keep
- Tax Compliance Checks - What is this? Exploring the ins and outs
- What the end of the tax year means for employers. What to do as 6 April approaches, the beginning of the new tax year.
- Sending your final payroll report for that tax year
- Why you must update payroll records for every employee
- Why you must update your payroll software
- A reminder of the general tasks associated with a payroll system
- A reminder of why businesses must comply with HMRC guidelines
- Legal obligations in terms of the National Minimum Wage
- Legal obligations in terms of PAYE (Pay As You Earn) and RTI (Real Time Information)
Who can take the Combined HR and Payroll Certification course?Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The Combined HR and Payroll Certification Course consists of 2 courses:
Each course consists of between 20 and 23 individual modules.
Modules can take from 20 to 90 minutes to complete. You are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Do I have to study the courses in a certain order?No. You can study the courses in any order you choose. If you want to, you can do one module from a course and then move on to the next course.
Where / when can I study the course?You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices and smart phones so you can even study while on the move!
Is there a test at the end of the course?Yes. Once you have completed all of the modules for each course there will be a multiple choice test.
The questions will be on a range of topics found within the modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for each test is 70%.
What happens if I fail the test?If you don’t pass the test first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it. If you would prefer us to post you a certificate to a UK address, there will be an admin charge of £10 (certificates sent internationally may cost more).
How can I pay?You can either use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Solo cards or PayPal account to pay for the online course. Our site uses the latest SSL encryption to ensure your safety. All payments are handled securely by PayPal.
How long after payment can I begin the course?You can begin the course immediately after your payment has been received. You will create your login details during the checkout process.
We will also send you an email confirming your login details.
How long does it take to complete the Combined HR and Payroll Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 30 hours to complete in total.
How long is my certificate valid for?Once you have been awarded your certificate it is valid for life. The certificate does not expire or need renewing.
Can I apply for an NUS card?Yes. All New Skills Academy students can apply for an NUS card. Details of how to do so will be available in your account once your order has been processed.