New QuickBooks Online Training and Certification - March 2018

QuickBooks® Online Certification is a pillar of the free ProAdvisor Program and empowers accounting professionals to confidently advise small businesses, demonstrate their expertise and connect with new clients. Last year, more than 27,000 ProAdvisors got certified and shared how beneficial the training and certification bolstered their confidence to help their clients and practices prosper.

We’ve also heard from you, our valued partners, about ways we can make the program even better. We know your time is at a premium, that you want flexibility in how and when you learn, and that staying on top of what’s new in QuickBooks Online is a key priority. 

Well, we have good news for you! The revamped QuickBooks Online training and certification are here to help you further enhance your expertise. Here’s a look at what’s changed:

Redesigned ProAdvisor Tab

This transformation starts with a redesigned ProAdvisor tab in QuickBooks Online Accountant. It provides easy access to your ProAdvisor benefits, such as ProAdvisor support, exclusive discounts, QuickBooks Desktop software downloads (for Deluxe and Premium ProAdvisors) and other resources. From here, you can access the revamped training and certification tab to learn, get certified, and track your progress all in one place. This is what the new ProAdvisor tab in QuickBooks Online Accountant looks like:

Improved Scenario-Based Learning Experience

You told us you wanted more meaningful training to drive even greater confidence using QuickBooks Online. The new certification training was updated to be more situational and scenario-based to provide better learning, while also helping you prepare for the certification exam. The new recommended certification path also includes an optional “Introduction to QuickBooks Online for Accountants” training course for ProAdvisors who are new to QuickBooks Online, but can also serve as a good refresher of the basics for more seasoned ProAdvisors.

Simplified Recertification Process

We’ve introduced significant changes to our program designed to simplify the process to keep your certification updated every year. Previously, QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisors had to take the full certification exam each year to maintain certification status. Now, the process is a lot simpler! QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisors only need to complete a shorter recertification exam focused on what has changed in QuickBooks Online since the prior exam. And, to help you prepare for this recertification exam, an optional “What’s New” training is available. We believe that this new straightforward process will help you stay current and confident in the changes in the product.

Common Annual Renewal Date for Recertification: July 31

The new recertification exam is available now and has a completion deadline of July 31, 2018. This common renewal date makes it simpler for everyone to remember and plan for it. All current QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisors must complete the recertification exam by this date to maintain their Certification status.

We recognize that some ProAdvisors have recently completed certification and that it may be a hardship to recertify before a full calendar year is up. But, much has changed in QuickBooks Online since the current exam was launched in October 2016, and it is our 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 July 31, 2019.

Expand Your Expertise With New Specialty Training

Finally, we have introduced Specialty training to expand your expertise across the ecosystem of QuickBooks' products and services. The first offering, QuickBooks Self-Employed, will help you serve Schedule C clients more effectively and efficiently. And, we have more great specialty courses planned - so stay tuned!

Learning Opportunities

In addition to the self-paced training modules in QuickBooks Online Accountant, you can learn and prepare for the QuickBooks Online Certification or Recertification with free, live webinars. Visit Accountant University to sign up for “2018 QuickBooks Online Certification Exam Prep Training Parts 1 and 2” if you are preparing for the full certification or  “What’s New in QuickBooks Online” to prepare for the recertification exam.

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