Anyone with experience with the payroll compliance practitioner (PCP) certification?
New member here! I'm a mom with a bachelor's degree in Accounting from over a decade ago. Since getting my degree, however, I've mostly just been a stay-at-home mom, helping my husband with his store when I can. Recently, I've been wanting to get back on the job market. Looking around, the PCP cert from the Canadian Payroll Association caught my eye, and I'm considering getting into payroll.
Anyone with the certification or just with payroll experience in general (especially if you're in Montreal, which is where I am!), how's the job market (let's say, pre-COVID, so I can get an idea of the baseline)? I haven't job hunted in forever, and I'm not very young anymore, so I'm worried about my ability to get a job at all. I'm a hard worker, a fast learner and good with numbers, but that won't help if all the jobs I apply for require 2+ years of experience.
The PCP certification itself requires not only the indicated coursework, but also a year of work experience in the field, and I'm not sure how to go about to obtain that work experience. Does the program have some sort of internship program or at least networking opportunities to connect people with little experience to companies willing to take us in?
Lastly, I'm also wondering if getting the PCP coursework done would help my odds at finding a job given that I don't have actual work experience in the field? The courses do cost a bit, so I'm wondering if it would be wiser for me to self-learn enough of the material to maybe find a job first, so that I can be sure that I won't be doing the coursework for nothing. The worst case scenario for me would be to waste my time, money and energy doing the courses, only to be unable to get any work, preventing me from even completing the certification.
Any thoughts appreciated!