What is the Payroll Assurance Scheme?

The Payroll Assurance scheme is the CIPP’s flagship payroll assessment solution. Made up of two parts, one to assess payroll processes and one to assess the learning and development of payroll staff, the scheme is the only voluntary accreditation on the market that can offer employers and bureaux complete confidence in their payroll teams. The scheme was developed and approved in partnership with HMRC and is regularly kept up to date by the CIPP’s in-house Policy team.

What does the Payroll Assurance Scheme test and why?

The scheme is designed in two parts.The first module tests the payroll and associated processes within the company, not only checking current processes, but advising on areas of change and improvement. The second module focusses on the individuals within the payroll teams, diagnosing learning and development needs and adding in measures to establish life-long learning.

What are the benefits to business of having a PAS accreditation?

Should you become PAS accredited, your customers will be assured that your business cares about best practice and understands the importance of having a fit-for-purpose and compliant payroll function. Your employees will also benefit by knowing they work for an employer who wants to invest in their future development, therefore improving staff motivation and productivity.


How do I get started and what happens next?

You first need to register your interest below and The CIPP will then help you to decide whether the scheme is right for you. You’ll then be invited to take part in an introductory meeting where you’ll be given all the information you need to prepare for the assessment. Once you’re ready for your assessment, you’ll confirm a date with the CIPP and the assessment will begin.

How do I find out more information?

If you want to find out more information, you can use the link here to visit the CIPP’s dedicated Payroll Assurance Scheme webpage, where you’ll find all the information and contact links you’ll need.

"The experience was excellent, the process was simple and clear the whole way through, from the initial application we were fully supported by CIPP. This was our first attempt at gaining official accreditation and we were all a little apprehensive when it came to assessment day but can honestly say it was an extremely enjoyable and interesting experience. The whole team felt the day had really been worthwhile."

Head of Employee Services
NHS Trust Payroll Services

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