Finance and Accounting

Today's business environment and increasingly rigorous financial reporting standards and regulations require finance and accounting professionals to be experts in their fields and to utilize cutting edge practices.  The School of Extended Education offers professional certification exam prep courses for the following finance and accounting fields: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC), Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).  These courses are also ideal for entry level as well as experienced staff in accounting and finance focused jobs and career paths.  A certificate is provided upon successful completion of each program.

Certified Payroll Professional

FPC Certification Preparation

ORGU 0013 PayTrain Level 1

This fundamentals course, offered in cooperation with the American Payroll Association, focuses on payroll calculations and applications necessary for individuals new to the payroll industry, those supporting the payroll industry and those preparing for the FPC or CPP certification examinations. This course provides basic knowledge and skills required to maintain payroll compliance and prevent costly penalties. 3 credits.

  • 30 Clock hours
  • 3.0 CEUs

Academic Credit Opportunity

Certification may qualify as academic credit through an ACE recommendation. Students can request an evaluation for course equivalency.

CPP Certification Preparation

ORGU 0014 PayTrain Level 2

This course is ideal for experienced payroll professionals, payroll managers and payroll supervisors seeking compliance training, professional development or CPP certification preparation. Offered in cooperation with the American Payroll Association, the comprehensive course provides students with a solid understanding of advanced payroll topics within payroll calculations, fringe benefits, reporting and employment taxes, record keeping, payroll accounting and management and administration. 3.6 credits.

  • 36 Clock hours
  • 3.6 CEUs

Academic Credit Opportunity

Certification may qualify as academic credit through an ACE recommendation. Students can request an evaluation for course equivalency.

CTP Certification Preparation

ORGU 0031 Certified Treasury Professional Exam Prep

This 36 hour course is designed as both an exam preparation course for those interested in taking the Certified Professional Treasury exam as well as a comprehensive course for individuals who want to broaden knowledge and skills in corporate treasury and cash management. Topics include optimal cash positioning, working capital strategies and tools, payment systems, risk management, cross-border fund movement, coordination of financial functions, and more. CTPs and CPMs who earned certification prior to 2008 may receive up to 18 recertification credits. 3.6 credits.

  • 36 Clock hours
  • 3.6 CEUs

Practical Payroll Online Series

The objective of this program is to provide instruction in all facets of payroll from wage basics to the intricate complexity of fringe benefits taxation and garnishments.  Depending on the current experience of the student, its objective is to teach the solid skills and knowledge of payroll rules and regulations to the beginner and to increase or refresh the skills of the more experienced professional.. The courses in this program are approved by the American Payroll Association for Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs).

  • 40 clock hours/4.0 CEUs/40 RCHs

ORGU 0018 Federal Wage Hour Law

This course is designed for those new to finance, support cash management and treasury functions or need a refresher on basics of cash management. Offered in cooperation with the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP), the nuts-and-bolts course provides a basic understanding of goals, key concepts and terminology used in management of corporate cash. 0.8 credits.

  • 8 clock hours/0.8 CEUs/8 RCHs

ORGU 0019 State Wage Hour Law

Gain knowledge of and skills in state wage and hour law as it pertains to payroll preparation. Learn what areas of wage and hour law are covered by state requirements and which are not. Understand when state law applies and when federal wage and hour laws must be followed. Learn how to properly calculate overtime and gross pay according to state requirements. Understand when breaks and meal periods are required, how often an employee must be paid and when termination checks must be issued. Understand what can be deducted from an employee's paycheck and what postings must be displayed to prevent penalty assessments. 0.8 credits.

  • 8 clock hours/0.8 CEUs/8 RCHs

ORGU 0020 Taxation & Compensation

Gain knowledge of and skills in federal and state payroll taxation. Learn what taxes are required to be withheld from the employee and which the employer pays directly. Learn when taxes must be deposited and reported and the methods available. Understand how to research and determine multi-state taxation requirements. Learn how to handle Form W-4 and what constitutes taxable and nontaxable wages. Learn when wages are considered supplemental and how pay periods effect taxation requirements. 0.8 credits.

  • 8 clock hours/0.8 CEUs/8 RCHs

ORGU 0021 Fringe Benefits Comp & Tax

Gain knowledge of and skills in understanding the basics of fringe benefits, including law requirements, taxation and reporting. Learn what methods are available for calculating the personal use of a company vehicle and when relocation is taxable. Understand how third party sick pay is reported and what taxes expatriates and nonresident aliens are subject to. 0.8 credits.

  • 8 clock hours/0.8 CEUs/8 RCHs

ORGU 0022 Payroll Management & Year End Report

Gain knowledge of and skills in managing a payroll department. Whether or not it is a large or small payroll department management is the key to success. Learn how to write department procedure manuals, handle IRS notices and research payroll regulations using the Internet. Understand the regulations concerning garnishments and what records to retain. Learn how to properly prepare for and complete year-end including required year end memos and notices, Form W-2 submission and corrections, and Form 940 reporting. 0.8 credits.

  • 8 clock hours/0.8 CEUs/8 RCHs

Certified Management Accountant

CMA Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Certification Preparation

Today’s business marketplace and increasingly rigorous financial reporting standards and regulations require finance and accounting professionals to be experts in cutting edge practices. To demonstrate capability as a CMA, these courses align with The Institute of Management Accountants’ (IMA) CMA defined body of knowledge required for certification and correspond to the two parts of the CMA certification exam.  Courses may be taken separately and in any order. 

ORGU 0042 CMA #1 Financial Planning, Performance and Control

Part 1 in a two-course series to prepare candidates for the newly-revised two-part Certified Management Accountant examination. This course focuses on planning, budgeting and forecasting, performance measurement, cost management, internal controls, and professional ethics. 3.5 credits.

  • 35 Clock hours
  • 3.5 CEUs

ORGU 0043 CMA #2 Financial Decision Making

Part 2 in a two-course series to prepare candidates for the newly-revised two-part Certified Management Accountant examination. This course focuses on financial statement analysis, corporate finance, risk management and decision analysis, investment decisions and professional ethics. 4.2 credits.

  • 42 Clock hours
  • 4.2 CEUs

Academic Credit Opportunities

Certification may qualify as academic credit and substitute for specific courses in the Brandman University Master of Business Administration degree program

  • CMA certification may be substituted for ACCU 640 Strategic Cost Management.