This course trains and certifies participants in payroll competencies, practices and legal compliance in Singapore and succeed as payroll practitioners


Payroll professionals are in demand in today's employment market and they require knowledge and experience in payroll and other areas including laws that affect payroll, administration of salary and benefits, salary benchmarking and current salary trend.

This professional certification for payroll practitioners consists of modules designed to train and certify participants to enhance their payroll knowledge, payroll practices and the legal compliance in Singapore and help them succeed in their role for their organisations.

Current payroll practitioners will also find this course useful for purposes of enhancing their professional payroll knowledge and bring it up to date.


(Face-to-face training with safe distancing and precautionary measures undertaken at our hotel venues which are certified SG Clean. We will continue to adopt a small class size for all our courses)

Course Details: 


• Acquiring relevant payroll related knowledge and practices

• Understanding compensation and benefits structure and policies

• Learning payroll compliance legislation

• Developing payroll policies and procedures

• Understanding benefits, risks and challenges when outsourcing payroll

Module 1 - Overview of Compensation - (1 day)

• Introduction to Compensation and Benefits.

• Compensation and Benefits Policies.

• Compensation Structure, Trends And Practices.

• Job Evaluation.

• Incentives.

• Non Financial Compensation.

Module 2 - Payroll-Related Legislation - (2 days)

• Singapore Employment Legislation.

• Payroll Legislation and Compliance.

• Payroll Related Taxes.

• Basic terms & conditions of employment.

• Rights & obligations of employees and employers.

• Salary Provisions.

Module 3 - Payroll Policies & Procedures - (2 days)

• Overview of Strategic Pay Systems.

• The Pay Model.

• Policies and Procedures.

• Payroll Process & Challenges.

• Market Survey & Pay Systems.

• Fixed and Variable Payments.

• Flexible Wage System and Monthly Variable Components.

Module 4 - Payroll Outsourcing & Software - (1 day)

• What is Outsourcing as part of the business process?

• When evaluating the need for Payroll Outsourcing, what are the criteria?

• The benefits of outsourcing & pitfalls to avoid when outsourcing.

• What would be the management control?

• Criteria for selecting outsourcing vendors.

• How to manage the outsourced payroll?

• Tracking the effectiveness of outsourced payroll.

Who should attend

Human Resource & Payroll practitioners who wish to enhance their current payroll knowledge and individuals who are interested to begin a professional career in payroll.

Our Trainers

Decades of experience in local and regional HR practices and expert knowledge in labour laws.

Bernard Tay has over 20 years experience in human resource development and management in both private and public sector experience. He has worked as a regional manager in renowned American and Japanese global conglomerate. He has gained both local and international experience, having working for diversified industries ranging from banking, aviation, telecommunication, education, electronics, and energy to medical sector. He has also worked in USA where he focused on staffing and organisational development.

Bernard has extensive experience conducting human resource management and development programmes to local and international participants from different organisations. He has acquired working knowledge and experience in developing employee handbook, job analysis, job evaluation, job description and design, employee orientation and organisational downsizing. In addition he has been a Senior Assessor for Singapore Quality Award and People Excellence.

Bernard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and an Upper Honours degree in Sociology from National University of Singapore (NUS) and subsequently obtained his Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, USA. He is also a certified Advanced Certificate Training and Assessment (ACTA) trainer.

Elsie Low is a HR Practitioner with over 25 years of experience. She has specific experience and strength in talent acquisition, human resource development, compensation and benefits development, payroll administration and management, talent management, employee communication and relations. She is a visionary and performance focused professional. Coupled with that, she has excellent business acumen with strong work ethics.

Elsie has worked in various multi-national and local SMEs and in different sectors such as manufacturing, electronics, construction, engineering and oil & gas. Her span of responsibility and experience are spent in various regional and leadership roles across different regions in ASEAN, Australia, China and Middle East.

Elsie graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Human Resource and a MBA in Finance. She also possesses the Certificate in Workplace Basics from Fairwork Commission Australia and an Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment (ACTA).

She is currently one of the trainers for HRSINGAPORE's HR Certification Courses.

Maurice Tan is currently the Managing Director of a consulting firm based in Myanmar which he set up in 2016 focusing on HR services and consultancy to MNCs and local SMEs. Prior to this, Maurice has established himself as a seasoned and strong HR practitioner with more than 30 years of broad-based experience in multi-HR disciplines serving organizations from varied industries.

He has worked with organizations as Head of the HR function responsible for the Asia Pacific region and served as a strategic HR Business Partner to the regional management team. Maurice’s past appointments include careers with iQNECT as Human Resources Director, Advanced Frist Aid Research as Human Resources Director, Tectura Singapore as Human Resources Director, Asia Pacific, and other organizations such as Genesys Conferencing, Sandvik, Cooper Cameron, Molex, etc. His extensive experience covers a variety of industries such as IT, Medical Devices, Engineering, Oil & Gas, FMCG, Electronics, Aerospace, and Construction.

Maurice is well-respected by companies he has worked for being business-focused with high standard and pragmatic approach in his delivery of solutions with consideration to simplicity and cost-effectiveness to achieve positive and sustainable results.

During his past employment, Maurice was an active trainer and has conducted in-house training programs such as Interaction Management, Leadership, Teambuilding, Corporate Governance, Communication, Sales Training, and many more for employees in the company he has worked for. He has also conducted academic programs at a local institute on various Human Resources Management topics such as Compensation & Benefits, Incentives Management, Payroll Administration and Salary Administration.

Maurice holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management and Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment and other professional certifications in varied specializations.

Administrative Details: 

Scheduled Dates

• 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March and 7 April 2022 - Thursdays  (8th Intake)

Duration / Venue

• Six days

• 9 am to 5.30 pm

• Hotel seminar room


Certification will be awarded upon successful completion of all the modules and Competency-Based Assessments. And those who are successful are entitled to use the designatory title "CHRS® (Payroll)" after their names.


• S$ 2,950 for Community

• S$ 3,080 for others


• UTAP Funding is available for NTUC Union Members (Enhanced UTAP capped at $500 per year, starting from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022 for aged 40 years and above).


• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Lunch will be provided

Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

• "Mr Bernard is knowledgeable and able to share his experiences. He has explained the course material clearly and is definitely worth to attend this course!" - June Yong, Ultra Clean Asia Pacific

• "Elsie is a very good trainer, always friendly and approachable. She has good knowledge in HR and is able to share her experience to us. Like!!!" - June Yong, Ultra Clean Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

• "Trainer has given a better understanding on the payroll policies & procedures and I have learnt the overview, flexible wage system and monthly variable of components." - Jennie Seah, Rapiscan Systems Pte Ltd

• "The trainer has shared his experience and gave a good overview of compensation." - Sally Tea May Kheng, BCS Information Systems Pte Ltd

• "Elements of the outsourcing contract is useful and looks like it can be used for other vendor management contract."

• "Trainer is knowledgeable on the topic." – Joanne Ching, ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems)

• "Jenny was extremely effective in delivering the concepts through interesting activities. Friendly and approachable facilitator." - Janice Lim, STT Communications

• "Well done, Jenny. We have an enjoyable session and learn a lot from you. Thank you!" - Eileen Teng, Canon Singapore

• "Jenny has covered the module comprehensively. I enjoyed learning. Thanks Jenny." - Ainah Baharom, AlKhair Mosque

• "I've learned not only knowledge on Payroll and trainer's life experience sharing and valuable comments." - Ivy Liu, Singapore Component

Past Participant Organizations

• AFPD Pte Ltd, AlKhair Mosque, Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

• BreadTalk, BCS Information Systems Pte Ltd, Biomedical Sciences Institutes, BSH Home Appliances Pte Ltd, Basler & Hofmann Singapore Pte Ltd, Body Wellness Pte Ltd

• Canon Singapore Pte Ltd, Coffee Express 2000, Concordia Agritrading, Critical Management, CapitaLand, COSL Drilling Pan-Pacific Ltd

• Economic Development Board, Ecquaria Technologies Pte Ltd, Enercon Asia Pte Ltd, EagleBurgmann KE Pte. Ltd, Engie Services Singapore Pte Ltd

• Healthway Medical Group, Hewitt HR Delivery Services Pte Ltd, HST Medical Pte Ltd, Hitachi Metals Singapore Pte Ltd

• KBC Bank NV

• M+W Singapore Pte Ltd, Mayer Brown JSM (Singapore) Pte Ltd

• Philip Morris Singapore Pte Ltd, Prosafe Offshore Services Pte Ltd

• Republic Polytechnic, Rapiscan Systems Pte Ltd

• Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte Ltd, Senoko Energy Pte Ltd, Singapore Component Pte Ltd, Singapore Labour Foundation, Singapore Technologies Aerospace, SMOE, ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd,  Communications, ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems), Singapore Indian Development Association, SPRING Singapore, SAP Asia Pte Ltd

• The Hour Glass

• Ultra Clean Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

• Vopak Terminals Singapore Pte Ltd, Viewpoint Software Services Pte Ltd

• Weatherford Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2008

  • Judy Lim, CHRS (Payroll), AFPD Pte Ltd
  • Ainah Baharom, CHRS (Payroll), AlKhair Mosque
  • Eileen Teng, CHRS (Payroll), Canon Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Katherine Lim, CHRS (Payroll), Ecquaria Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Angeline Tay, CHRS (Payroll), Republic Polytechnic
  • Ivy Liu, CHRS (Payroll), Singapore Component
  • Janice Lim, CHRS (Payroll), STT Communications

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2011

  • Chua Kar Gek Evelyn, CHRS (Payroll), Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Derrick Wang, CHRS (Payroll), BreadTalk Pte Ltd
  • Lu Yanling, CHRS (Payroll), Economic Development Board
  • Teo Hui Chiew, CHRS (Payroll), Economic Development Board
  • Sally Toh Siew Ling, CHRS (Payroll), Healthway Medical Group Pte Ltd
  • Chow Pei Chun Cynthia, CHRS (Payroll), Hewitt HR Delivery Services Pte Ltd
  • Florianna Loo Pei Yu, CHRS (Payroll), KBC Bank NV
  • Chew Suan Goke, CHRS (Payroll), Seiko Instruments Singapore pte Ltd
  • Khew Vee Ling Vivian, CHRS (Payroll), Vopak Terminals Singapore Pte Ltd

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2013

  • Tan Bee Hong Dian, CHRS (Payroll), Coffee Express 2000 Pte Ltd
  • Serene Ang Seow Hoon, CHRS (Payroll), Heitkamp Und Thumann (S) Pte Ltd
  • Kek Hong Ai Karen, CHRS (Payroll), M+W Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Tay Siew Kwee, Cindy, CHRS (Payroll), Senoko Energy Pte Ltd
  • Christy Tan Chiew Jun, CHRS (Payroll), Singapore Labour Foundation
  • Alice Goh Geok Lee, CHRS (Payroll), SMOE Pte Ltd
  • Sally Ong Sok Bee, CHRS (Payroll) 
  • Jenny Koh, CHRS (Payroll) 

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2014

  • Seng Siew Hua, CHRS (Payroll), Concordia Agritrading Pte Ltd
  • Yee Yee Monoo, Clare, CHRS (Payroll), Prosafe Offshore Services Pte Ltd
  • Gan Suat Ling Sylvia, CHRS (Payroll), Senoko Energy Pte Ltd
  • Kwok Ling Ling Amy, CHRS (Payroll), Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd
  • Joanne Ching Peck Hoon, CHRS (Payroll), ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd
  • Laura Lim Hong Eng, CHRS (Payroll), ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd
  • Fong Yuet Mun, CHRS (Payroll), ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd
  • Yong Bee Fah (Amanda), CHRS (Payroll), The Hour Glass Ltd
  • Tan Yee Wen, CHRS (Payroll), Weatherford Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2016

  • Zarina Bte Yahaya, CHRS (Payroll), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
  • Sally Tea May Kheng, CHRS (Payroll), BCS Information Systems Pte Ltd
  • Chua Loh Mui, Alice, CHRS (Payroll), Biomedical Sciences Institutes
  • Fang Sze Yuen, Celena, CHRS (Payroll), BSH Home Appliances Pte Ltd
  • Afidah Binte Wahib, CHRS (Payroll), Enercon Asia Pte Ltd
  • Joanne Yap, CHRS (Payroll), HST Medical Pte Ltd
  • Annie Lim, CHRS (Payroll), KLA-Tencor (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • Seah May Choo, CHRS (Payroll), Rapiscan Systems Pte Ltd
  • Tan Lee Hia, CHRS (Payroll), Science and Engineering Institutes (SCEI)
  • Kamaliah Binte Aripin, CHRS (Payroll) 
  • Punithavathi D/O Subramaniam, CHRS (Payroll), Singapore Indian Development Association

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2017

  • Chua Chor Hoon, CHRS (Payroll), Basler & Hofmann Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Cho Yuan Chan, CHRS (Payroll), CapitaLand Limited
  • Ang Pei Yong, CHRS (Payroll), COSL Drilling Pan-Pacific Ltd
  • Chua Ah Hoo, CHRS (Payroll), Hitachi Metals Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Kam Yin Ching, CHRS (Payroll), SPRING Singapore
  • Raslinda-Wati Binte Zailani, CHRS (Payroll), Viewpoint Software Services Pte Ltd

CHRS (Payroll) Graduates in 2018

  • Ang Sihua, CHRS (Payroll)
  • Sim Yen Ni, CHRS (Payroll), Engie Services Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Lee Lam Lam, CHRS (Payroll), SAP ASIA Pte Ltd
  • Yong Siew Choo, CHRS (Payroll), Ultra Clean Asia Pacific Pte Ltd