Whilst it’s true that payroll management is a function of accounting and bookkeeping, it is also recognised as a profession in its own right due to the complexities it has to deal with. There is an industry body, the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and I’m over the moon to announce that I’ve just been accepted as a member.

The application process was quite lengthy & detailed, and my application was scrutinised by two separate panels. They wanted to know about my qualifications and professional experience so I had to make sure I didn’t leave anything out or underestimate my achievements, but I finally heard yesterday that my application was successful. I now have the letters MCIPP after my name to go with my FMAAT – I’m going to need bigger business cards!

Being a member of the CIPP is about more than just the letters though. I’ll be getting regular updates on payroll policy and processes and will be able to share best practice with other payroll professional across the country. I’ll also have access to the Advisory Service, so if there are any queries I can’t answer immediately, I’ll be able to consult the CIPP technical experts. The CIPP also encourages CPD so I’ll now have the opportunity to take more training courses to build on my knowledge to ensure I’m always up to date and I’m also hoping to be able to go along to some of the national events that I’ll now be invited to as a member.

Becoming a MCIPP really was a goal of mine and I’m so happy to have achieved it. It will definitely take my payroll practice to the next level and that can only be good news for my clients. Anyone who is considering using me for their payroll management can now have the confidence that my skills and practice has been recognised as outstanding by the industry body so their payroll will be handled professionally and expertly at all times.