New QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification Launching May 22, 2017

QuickBooks® Online is a cloud-based product with frequent changes and updates that improve the customer experience and enhance product functionality. In order to help ProAdvisors® stay up to date on this rapidly evolving product, we update the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification training modules and exam as needed.

A new version of the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification will launch May 22, 2017. The current training modules and exam will no longer be available after 11:59 p.m., PST, May 21, 2017. Progress from the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification will not carry over to the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification that launches May 22, 2017.

What does this mean for you?

If you have completed the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, your status will not expire. You are not required to complete the new exam.

If you have started but not completed the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, you have the following options:

  1. Complete the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification before Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:59 p.m., PST, OR
  2. Take the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification Exam when it becomes available on or after Monday, May 22, 2017.

If you plan to complete the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, but have not already started the exam, you have the following options:

  1. Start and complete the exam before Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:59 p.m., PST OR
  2. Take the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification Exam on or after Monday, May 22, 2017.

All ProAdvisors who have been certified in QuickBooks Online within the last 365 days are eligible to take the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification training and exam. In addition to gaining knowledge to handle complex QuickBooks transactions, Advanced Certified ProAdvisors gain these benefits:

  • Priority placement within the Find-A-ProAdvisor online marketplace
  • Diamond-level ProAdvisor support
  • Advanced Certified ProAdvisor title and badge

Once you are Advanced Certified, you never have to pass the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam again. However, to maintain your Advanced Certified status and benefits, you must pass the basic QuickBooks Online Certification exam every 365 days and maintain ACE (Advanced Continuing Education) credits. More information available below.

Visit this page for more information on how to become a Certified ProAdvisor.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Where should I go to access the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification training and exam?

A: If you have been certified in QuickBooks Online within the last 365 days, you can access your QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam in your ProAdvisor Center. All of your QuickBooks Certifications can be accessed by logging into your ProAdvisor Center > Certification tab.

Q: I just completed the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification. You are now launching a new version of the certification. Does this mean my advanced certification will no longer be valid?

A: If you completed the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, you do not have to take the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam. To stay current with your QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, you must take and pass the basic QuickBooks Online Certification exam every 365 days and maintain your Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) credits. More information on ACE courses is available here.

Q: If I became QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified earlier this year, what happens to my profile on Find-a-ProAdvisor when you launch the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification?

A: If you completed the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, your Find-a-ProAdvisor profile will continue to display your QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification badge when the new certification is launched on May 22, 2017. You do not have to take the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam. See above for requirements for maintaining your Advanced Certified status.

Q: How does the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification impact my ranking on Find-a-ProAdvisor?

A: The new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification has the same impact on your status within Find-a-ProAdvisor as the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam. You will receive similar credit, and the same badge for any version of the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam that you have completed.

Q: If I complete both the old and new versions of the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exams, do I receive double credit on Find-a-ProAdvisor online marketplace search results? Will I rank higher than someone who has only done one of the exams?

A: No. You will not receive double credit or rank higher.

Q: I already started the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, but have not yet completed it. What are my options?

A: If you started the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam, you can either complete the exam before 11:59 p.m., PST on Sunday, May 21, or wait to complete the new exam on or after May 22, 2017. When the new version of the advanced certification launches, any progress from the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification will not carry over to the new QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification.

Q: I failed the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam. Will I be able to attempt the new version when it launches?

A: Yes, as long as you have been certified in QuickBooks Online within the last 365 days, you are eligible to take the new version of QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam as soon as it is available on May 22, 2017.

Q: Why should I take the existing version of the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification exam now, knowing that a new version is launching in May 2017?

A: If you complete the existing QuickBooks Online Advanced certification exam, you become a Certified QuickBooks Online Advanced ProAdvisor right away. Certifying now has some important benefits that you can unlock immediately:

  • You can start marketing yourself as a QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor to small businesses right away.
  • You will have a higher ranking within the Find-A-ProAdvisor online marketplace search results to drive more client leads.
  • You will enjoy the Diamond-level ProAdvisor support if you are not already at the Diamond level.

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