Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) Update

We launched the new ACE program May 22, 2016. This new program was designed to ensure that Advanced ProAdvisors® can continue to grow their practice and support their clients at a deeper level, all without the need to retake advanced exams yearly. ACE requires that all QuickBooks® Advanced Certified ProAdvisors (QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop) must complete 9 CPE credits of ACE-approved training within 3 years of getting Advanced QuickBooks Certified, and then every 3 years after that.

What’s New?

Since we launched the new ACE program, there have been 30 different ACE-approved training sessions available at a variety of venues, with more being added all the time. ACE-approved training sessions are currently provided by Mendelson Academy, QB Power Hour, QuickBooksHelp by Fourlane, Woodard Events Training (including the annual Scaling New Heights conference) and QuickBooks Connect. Go here for a list of ACE Sponsors and links to register for the ACE training they provide. Check back often, as we keep that page updated with the latest information.

In addition to building out the variety of ACE-approved training available, we’ve also added a way for ProAdvisors to report their completed ACE training. Click here to report the completion of your ACE-approved training. Report each session as you complete it, or wait until you’ve completed all 9 CPE credits.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When does the 3-year clock begin?

A: For those who got QuickBooks Advanced Certified when the program started May 22, 2016, or later, the clock began the day you became QuickBooks Advanced Certified.

Q: What if I was Advanced QuickBooks Certified before the program started on May 22, 2016?

A: We want all Advanced Certified ProAdvisors to have a full 3 years to earn their 9 CPE credits of ACE. Therefore, if you were QuickBooks Advanced Certified before the program started on May 22, 2016, your 3-year clock begins on your anniversary date in 2017.

Q: Where can I find the date I was Advanced Certified?

A: In the ProAdvisor Certification Center, click Certification. Under the list of certifications, click View certification history. The date you completed each of your certifications is listed there.

Q: What if I am Advanced Certified in QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online?

A: We know you are busy. If you are advanced certified in QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, the same 9 CPE credits of ACE can apply to both advanced QuickBooks certifications.

Q: What training qualifies as “ACE-approved?”

A: Qualifying training consists of designated “ACE-approved” advanced training delivered by official QuickBooks ACE Sponsors. As mentioned earlier, go here for a list of ACE Sponsors, with links to their ACE-approved training.

Q: How do I know if a training course is ACE-approved?

A: All ACE-approved training should be clearly marked with ACE in the title or description. If you don’t see ACE in the title or description, it is probably not ACE-approved. Check with the ACE Sponsor if you have any questions.

Q: I am QuickBooks Desktop Advanced certified. I see an ACE-approved training event about QuickBooks Online that would provide valuable information for my practice and my clients. Will the credits I earn from taking an ACE-approved QuickBooks Online training count toward maintaining my QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification status?

A: Yes. We talked to Advanced ProAdvisors about this topic, and they overwhelmingly recommended that QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisors should be allowed to choose ACE-approved topics that can help them help their clients, even if it’s about a product other than the one on which they are advanced certified. If it’s ACE approved, the credits you earn can count toward either or both QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certifications.

Q: How do I register for an ACE-approved training?

A: The ACE Sponsors handle all registration and attendance for the ACE-approved training they develop and deliver. These courses have been pre-approved and provide CPE. All information about the training, including course descriptions, number of credits and instructions for registering, will be on their websites. Go here for a list of ACE Sponsors and their training.

Q: Do I have to pay to attend an ACE-approved training event?

A: Some ACE-approved training will have fees. However, with the breadth of ACE-approved training increasing all the time, it will be possible to receive all 9 credits at no cost within your 3-year clock. Check back here often for the latest list of ACE Sponsors and their available training. Check back here often for the latest list of ACE Sponsors and their training.

Q: Does ACE-approved training provide CPE?

A: Yes, all ACE Sponsors must be registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), and ACE-approved training provides CPE. However, any issues related to CPE are managed by the ACE Sponsor, not Intuit® or the ProAdvisor Program. This includes getting the documentation of attendance and issuance of CPE.

Q: As a ProAdvisor, how do I report that I’ve completed 9 CPE credits of Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) approved training?

A: The reporting process is simple. Go here and enter your first and last name, the email you used to register for the ACE training, and select each ACE-approved training you attended. The link to the reporting system is also available from within the ProAdvisor Certification Center, under QuickBooks Advanced Continuing Education.

Q: Will I be required to submit any documentation to prove that I’ve attended ACE-approved training?

A: ACE Sponsors will submit a monthly roster of attendance to their ACE-approved training, so submission of ACE documentation will not be required, but should be maintained. You should be able to document the following for each session:

  • ACE sponsor name
  • Title of course
  • Date
  • Location
  • Number of CPE credits
  • CPE certificate provided by sponsor

The ProAdvisor Program will do audits of ACE completion submissions against the rosters of attendance. Any misrepresentation or incorrect information may result in suspension or revocation of your Advanced Certification status.

Q: Do I have to wait until I’ve completed all 9 CPE credits of ACE-approved training before I report my attendance?

A: You can report your attendance as you complete each training, or all at once. Up to you!

Q: What happens if I do not complete 9 CPE credits of ACE-approved training within the 3-year clock?

A: If you have not completed 9 CPE credits of ACE-approved training within the 3-year clock, your Advanced Certification status and associated ProAdvisor benefits will be suspended. Once you complete the 9 CPE credits of ACE-approved training, your advanced QuickBooks certification status and your ProAdvisor benefits will be resumed. However, your next 3-year cycle will still be counted from the original advanced QuickBooks certification anniversary date.

Q: Are there any other requirements for maintaining my QuickBooks Advanced Certification status?

A: Glad you asked! The answer is yes. You must also stay current in your QuickBooks Online and/or QuickBooks Desktop Certifications:

QuickBooks Online:

  • You need to take and pass the QuickBooks Online Certification exam every 365 days to maintain your certification status.

QuickBooks Desktop:

  • You must have passed at least one of the three most recent versions of the QuickBooks Desktop certification.
  • On the day the new certification debuts, the three most recent years shift forward to include the current year.
  • If that shift places your latest certification outside the three most recent years, then you will have to complete the most recent QuickBooks Desktop certification that is available.
  • To avoid losing your status, we recommend certifying every year.
  • Once you have been certified on QuickBooks Desktop for two consecutive years, you qualify to take the shorter recertification or “update” exam.

Q: Can I still take ACE-approved training if I don’t stay current on my QuickBooks Desktop and/or QuickBooks Online certifications?

A: ACE-approved training is available to anyone, so you can continue to take ACE-approved training if you are no longer Advanced Certified. However, you will not regain your advanced certification status until you are current on your QuickBooks Desktop and/or QuickBooks Online certifications.