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Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

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!

Scott

 

 

Here are some useful links about the program:

https://quickbooks.intuit.com/accountants/training-certification/

https://quickbooks.intuit.com/accountants/proadvisor/

https://community.intuit.com/articles/1542309-proadvisor-certification-us-only

https://community.intuit.com/articles/1458802-proadvisor-certification-faqs

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ProAdvisor

Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

You don't need to be an accountant to be certified.  For cost/plans/particulars, you may want to visit: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/accountants/proadvisor/

Hope this helps!

Scott

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Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

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?  

ProAdvisor

Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

You don't need to be an accountant to be certified.  For cost/plans/particulars, you may want to visit: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/accountants/proadvisor/

Hope this helps!

Scott

Content Leader

Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

@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. 

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Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

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.

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Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

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. 

Content Leader

Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

@jwpemberton,

 

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? 

Senior Explorer **

Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

While I appreciate this primer, no one should have to go to all this trouble to pass a test for a software that's supposed to be user friendly! I've spent the better part of 5 days trying to pass the Advanced Cert and still didn't pass! The questions are not related to the training materials. There are questions that are not covered in the materials. There are math and problem solving questions. Ridiculous. I'm frustrated and angry.
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Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

Had the same problem. Spent the better part of 5 days trying to pass. After 3 attempts I'm locked out for 60 days. The questions are deliberately obfuscated and don't relate to the training materials. I'm frustrated and angry.
QuickBooks Team

Re: Certified and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Resources

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.

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