Just thought I’d share some info about taking the tests for ProAdvisor Certification and Advanced Certification. In order to become certified or advance certified, you’ll need to take and pass the tests. I found the certification tests to be straight forward, but the advanced certification tests were somewhat challenging due to the structure of the tests.
Regardless, I’d highly encourage anyone looking to learn more about QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online to take these tests. Study materials are provided, and the time spent studying for these credentials is well worth it. Having these credentials is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to set yourself apart from other accounting professionals. They have transformed my business for the better as I frequently receive unsolicited inquiries from folks needing help with QuickBooks. They find me/my profile via the find a ProAdvisor search under the Help menu in QuickBooks.
As with most things in my life, I created a system for taking these tests. It’s nothing fancy, and somewhat simple, but it a helped me pass the tests. I created a video with more details and it’s posted below. Let me know if you have any questions about taking any of these tests by posting your questions on this discussion.
Also, if you’re a certified/advanced certified ProAdvisor, what other ideas/advice do you have about taking these tests?
Hope this helps!
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I have been using Quickbooks since 2009 and recently purchased the 2018 Desktop Pro version. Having never been certified for Quickbooks and beginning my own small bookkeeping business (one client so far) is it a requirement to be an accountant to be certified? Do you know what it costs to be a ProAdvisor?
@BSnow, good question. There are many folks on here who are aspiring ProAdvisors or on their path to becoming CPAs. I empower you to ask more great questions and lean on their expertise on your own journey.
I'm certified and decided to try the Advanced Certification. I passed Section 1 on second try (72% first time). Now I'm really frustrated by Section 2. Second try. First try was 54%. I spent almost 2 hours carefully going through case studies. Some of the questions I couldn't match with available answers. Even did the problems in Excel to double-check what I was doing. Got another 54% which means, since you only try the questions you missed the previous attempt, I missed every question, every part the second time around. Something's wrong with this picture!! Looking for help or suggestions. Got 2 more tries on Section 2.
Consider my previous in this light: I'm working on QBO not QB Desktop. I liked your video and feel I could have done great in QB Desktop - but this online thing is very slow moving.
Thank you for sharing your experience, I will forward this along to the ProAdvisor team who handles testing and certification.
Sounds like you have extensive experience with Desktop, what have you found to be the biggest challenges with your transition? Is it the workflow? The interface? Or something else?
Hi there, @truleigh,
I understand the urgency of your concern today about the Advanced Certification in QuickBooks. The certification is designed for you to study hard, put your time and effort to pass the exam. You can take a screenshot of your answers and get back to them when retaking the exam.
You can make up to three attempts to pass the whole exam. If you do not pass in the first three attempts, you are locked out for 60 days. After 60 days, you can retake the certification exam.
I can also see a similar post about your concern here in the Intuit Community forum. Please refer to the response posted on the duplicate post: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Account-management/QBO-Advanced-Certification/m-p/337235#M10...
Should you need anything else with your account, please don't hesitate to post again. We're always here whenever you need help.
Thank you and take care always.
I agree with them. That exam was awful and questions seemingly set up to trick you.
Of course, after going though all of that, and passing tests for perhaps (12) years, they are eliminating us anyway.
Very disappointing choice, and I am not sure what they gain from this.
Are you reading what we went through to pass these tests, and carry the multiple certifications for years?
Yesterday I contacted the ProAdvisor Support Team about a slight problem I was having because I wanted to include both my first and middle name in the First Name field, simply because I use my full name in all business designations, but everybody knows me by my middle name. The rep called me back within 15 minutes, and although we had a very long discussion about how to make the change, by 3:00 am this morning, it works!
Now regarding some of the questions on the Advanced Certified ProAdvisor exam, they are purposefully designed, it seems, so that examinees are explicitly aware of the nuances in the training materials. As I told the trainer, if she has to immediately rephrase the sample question so that at least some of the participants can get the right answer, then the question is deceptive. Now for training purposes this is okay, as the trainer can then explain the what's and why's of the materials being presented in training. But on an actual exam, the questions should not be about the single exception that makes a question false, nor test for the exceptions to the rules. The exam should be unambiguous, but not necessarily easy.
I passed (after a lockout period). I don't mean to brag, but I formerly programmed apps and add-ins for QuickBooks back in the day, so I should have been able to pass a well-designed exam. Either I am getting too old for this or the exam questions are misleading and obscure. I suggest maybe both, but seriously the exam should be examined.