New QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification Changes – November 2018

New QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification Changes – November 2018

QuickBooks Online (QBO) certification is a critical part of the free ProAdvisor Program, enabling accounting professionals to validate their skills and serve as trusted advisors to their clients. The QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification is a coveted certification for advanced users who are looking to distinguish themselves and help solve complex problems for their clients, and offers the following benefits:

  1. Validation of your advanced skills in using and troubleshooting QuickBooks Online for your clients.
  2. Higher placement and listing on the Find-A-ProAdvisor site in recognition of your advanced certification level.
  3. Increased earning potential. The 2018 Intuit rate survey found that Advanced Certified professionals were able to command higher billing rates for their services.

Last year, approximately 10 percent of ProAdvisors obtained their QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification and more join those ranks every year.

Based on feedback from our ProAdvisors, we launched the newly reimagined QuickBooks Online certification program and a simplified recertification program in March 2018. These changes have been well received by our ProAdvisors. Now, we are extending the same program elements to the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification Program. We know that your time is at a premium and you want flexible options to learn at your own pace and time.

Here are the new changes to the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification program, which will be available in early November via the ProAdvisor tab in QuickBooks Online Accountant:

A Better Learning Experience to Prepare for Advanced Certification

We are upgrading the self-paced learning experience with contextual and scenario-based learning to better prepare you for the QuickBooks Online Advanced certification. The path to get Advanced Certified still includes first passing your QuickBooks Online Certification, but now both certifications share a similar experience for better learning. We will also continue to offer prep training in other formats, including instructor-led, in-person events and virtual conference style bootcamps.  All of our training will offer CPE credits. Check out the ProAdvisor Training tab in QuickBooks Online Accountant or go to Accountant University for the latest training information.

Simplified Recertification Process: No More ACE Credits

We heard from our Advanced Certified ProAdvisors that finding and acquiring ACE was a tedious process at best. They also wanted to stay up to date on all the new features and functionality. So we are introducing changes to simplify the process to recertify and keep your certification current. Rather than acquiring ACE credits, Advanced Certified ProAdvisors will now need to complete a recertification exam every year focused on what has changed in QuickBooks Online since the last exam.

The bonus is that you recertify at the highest level of certification. So Advanced Certified ProAdvisors will not need to pass both the QuickBooks Online recertification exam and the QuickBooks Online Advanced recertification. They will only need to pass the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified recertification exam, which will cover both QuickBooks Online and Advanced recertification content.

An optional “what’s new” training will be available to prepare and take the recertification exam.

Common Recertification and Renewal Date of July 31

One of the changes we made to QuickBooks Online Certification was initiating a common certification renewal date of July 31 for all ProAdvisors. We are extending this common recertification date of July 31 for the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification as well. This change has been well received by our ProAdvisors as the annual renewal date makes it easy to plan for and manage their time efficiently.  The QuickBooks Online Advanced recertification exam will be available early each year to provide you with ample time to recertify by this date.

We recognize that some ProAdvisors have recently completed QuickBooks Online Advanced certification and that it may be a hardship to recertify before a full calendar year is up. But, it is our sincere intent to help ProAdvisors feel confident using and advising clients on the latest product and enhancements. This is a one-time adjustment to certification requirements and we hope you will value the opportunity to update your skills and keep your certification current through 2019.

If you would like to get certified in QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification 2018, you have two options:

  • If you are attending QuickBooks Connect or if you live in or near San Jose, California, you can sign up to take the new Advanced certification training that will be offered on November 8. Seats are limited, so please register early.
  • You can join the upcoming Certification Bootcamp on December 5-6 to get QuickBooks Online certified, or QuickBooks Online Advanced certified.

You can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.

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