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Earn your QuickBooks Desktop certification

SOLVEDby QuickBooks81Updated December 21, 2023

Learn how to earn your QuickBooks Desktop certification.

Distinguish yourself from other industry professionals by getting your QuickBooks Desktop certification. For information, advice, and assistance find your situation below and see how you can earn a new certification.

Note: If you're already certified in the two most recent versions of QuickBooks Desktop, you are qualified to take a smaller, quicker version of each new exam. This Update exam covers only the recent updates and changes to QuickBooks Desktop.

The Update exam is available automatically to those eligible. There's no special action necessary to take the Update exam. When you select the Take Exam button, the Update Exam appears instead of the regular Certification Exam. Simply take the exam and submit it as usual.

To earn CPE credits for the certification course, you must still complete the individual Training Modules, regardless of whether you qualify for the Update Exam.

I’ve never been certified for QuickBooks Desktop OR I haven't been certified since 2014 or older

Upon successful completion of the QuickBooks Desktop Certification, you'll advance to the Gold Tier and receive the following valuable benefits:

  • Unlimited U.S.-based phone and chat support from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., PT, Monday-Friday.
  • Your profile listed on the QuickBooks’ Find-a-ProAdvisor Website, where there are more than 700,000 visits annually from potential unique clients looking for a local expert.
  • The ability to distinguish yourself and build credibility by having authorized use of the Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Logo on your website and marketing materials.
  • Eligibility for CPE credits1
  • Benefit from Intuit’s® proactive marketing campaigns to connect QuickBooks users with Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors.
  • The opportunity to gain additional Certifications, including certification in QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale, QuickBooks Enterprise and QuickBooks Desktop Advanced.
  • With 120 questions, this exam will take most people between three to four hours to complete.
  • The exam is broken into three sections of 35 questions each, and a fourth section with 15 questions.
  • You can complete the sections in any order you like.
  • You must complete each section with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  • You have four attempts to pass each section.
  • After your first attempt, subsequent attempts to pass any section of this exam will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly in the previous attempt.
  • Each question is saved as you progress to the next question.
  • You may exit the exam at any time and your progress will be saved (this is helpful for those who need to complete the exam experience in more than one sitting). All your progress is saved, so that when you return, you just start from where you left!
  • If you fail after all four attempts, you must wait one year from your last try before attempting the exam again. Use that time to review the self-paced training modules and practice within the product to prepare for your next attempt.

There are ten optional modules, and each one is offered for CPE credit1. By popular request, one of the modules focuses entirely on just “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” for you and your clients.

You may take the training modules before the exam, after the exam, in between attempts or not at all – your choice entirely. Certification doesn’t depend on you taking the optional training – they're there simply to help you learn what you need to learn.

Additionally, these training modules remain in your Certification Center until the 2018 Certification is sunset. You can take them at any time before then.

The certification exam helps you discover what skills you need to brush up on, you might choose to use your first attempt as an assessment (remember, you get FOUR attempts to achieve a passing grade of 80% on the exam).

If this sounds good to you, go directly to your exam and see how you do. If you pass, you are done!

If you do not pass, no worries. If you require subsequent attempts to pass any section of this exam, your re-test will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly. You can then take just the training that you need, and use your remaining three attempts to pass the exam at 80%.

Alternately, you could choose to take all the training and then take the exam. The best part is that you get to determine your own learning path, and we let you know where you might need training!

Your ProAdvisor Team is ready to help. If you need a hand in accessing the new certification after Nov 20, chat with a U.S.-based agent, or call us at  1-888-333-3451.

1Intuit, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Our sponsor number is 103311. Web site: http://www.nasba.org

 

I’m QuickBooks Desktop certified since either 2016 or 2017

Upon successful completion of the QuickBooks Desktop Certification, you'll advance to the Gold Tier and receive the following valuable benefits:

  • Unlimited U.S.-based phone and chat support from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., PT, Monday-Friday.
  • Your profile listed on the QuickBooks’ Find-a-ProAdvisor Website, where there are more than 700,000 visits annually from potential unique clients looking for a local expert.
  • The ability to distinguish yourself and build credibility by having authorized use of the Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Logo on your website and marketing materials.
  • Eligibility for CPE credits2
  • Benefit from Intuit’s® proactive marketing campaigns to connect QuickBooks users with Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors.
  • The opportunity to gain additional Certifications, including certification in QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale, QuickBooks Enterprise and QuickBooks Desktop Advanced.

With 120 questions, this exam will take most people between three to four hours to complete.

  • The exam is broken into three sections of 35 questions each, and a fourth section with 15 questions.
  • You can complete the sections in any order you like.
  • You must complete each section with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  • You have four (4) attempts to pass each section.
  • After your first attempt, subsequent attempts to pass any section of this exam will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly in the previous attempt.
  • Each question is saved as you progress to the next question.
  • You may exit the exam at any time and your progress will be saved (this is helpful for those who need to complete the exam experience in more than one sitting). All your progress is saved, so that when you return, you just start from where you left!
  • If you fail after all four (4) attempts, you must wait one year from your last try before attempting the exam again.

Things to know

  • If you currently hold 2016, but not 2017 QuickBooks Desktop certification, you may choose to take your 2017 certification first before the 2018 certification.
  • Doing so will allow you to save even more time by taking the shorter 2018 Re-Certification exam, while helping you become eligible for the QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification Exam.
  • You must hold 2016 and 2017 QuickBooks Desktop certification to have access to the Re-Certification exam.

There are ten optional modules, and each one is offered for CPE credit2. By popular request, one of the modules focuses entirely on just “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” for you and your clients.

You may take the training modules before the exam, after the exam, in between attempts or not at all – your choice entirely. Certification doesn’t depend on you taking the optional training – they are there simply to help you learn what YOU need to learn.

Additionally, these training modules remain in your Certification Center until the 2018 Certification is sunset. You can take them at any time before then.

The certification exam helps you discover what skills you need to brush up on, you might choose to use your first attempt as an assessment (remember, you get FOUR attempts to achieve a passing grade of 80% on the exam).

If this sounds good to you, go directly to your exam and see how you do. If you pass, you are done!

If you do not pass, no worries – If you require subsequent attempts to pass any section of this exam, your re-test will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly. You can then take just the training that you need, and use your remaining three attempts to pass the exam at 80%.

Alternately, you could choose to take all the training (or maybe just some of it – your choice) and then take the exam.

The best part is that you get to determine your own learning path, and we let you know where you might need training!

Things to know:

If you have passed your 2016 Certification, we recommend taking the 2017 Certification first, so that you can take the 2018 re-certification exam. The re-certification exam can be accomplished in half the time.

WE ARE READY TO HELP

Your ProAdvisor Team is ready to help. If you need a hand in accessing the new certification after Nov 20,  chat with a U.S.-based agent, or call us at  1-888-333-3451.

1Your certification status is based on our best review of our records, conducted within 24 hours of sending you this note. If you believe our records to be incomplete, please accept our apologies in advance for the inconvenience and contact our QuickBooks ProAdvisor Team at 1-888-333-3451 to resolve the issue.

2Intuit, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Our sponsor number is 103311. Web site: http://www.nasba.org

I’m QuickBooks Desktop certified in both 2016 AND 2017

Since you hold 2016 and 2017 QuickBooks Desktop Certifications, you're eligible to take the shorter “ProAdvisor Re-Certification Exam” that focuses on “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018.”

Upon successful completion of the QuickBooks Desktop Certification, you'll advance to the Gold Tier and receive the following valuable benefits:

  • Unlimited U.S.-based phone and chat support from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., PT, Monday-Friday.
  • Your profile listed on the QuickBooks’ Find-a-ProAdvisor Website, where there are more than 700,000 visits annually from potential unique clients looking for a local expert.
  • The ability to distinguish yourself and build credibility by having authorized use of the Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Logo on your website and marketing materials.
  • Eligibility for CPE credits2
  • Benefit from Intuit’s® proactive marketing campaigns to connect QuickBooks users with Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors.
  • The opportunity to gain additional Certifications, including certification in QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale, QuickBooks Enterprise and QuickBooks Desktop Advanced.

You have one section to complete on “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” with 15 questions.

  • You must complete this section with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  • You have four attempts to pass this section.
  • After your first attempt, subsequent attempts to pass this section of this exam will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly in the previous attempt.
  • Each question is saved as you progress to the next question.
  • You may exit the exam at any time and your progress will be saved (this is helpful for those who need to complete the exam experience in more than one sitting). All your progress is saved, so that when you return, you just start from where you left!
  • If you fail after all four attempts, you must wait one year from your last try before attempting the exam again.

There are ten optional modules, and each one is offered for CPE credit2. By popular request, one of the modules focuses entirely on just “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” for you and your clients.

You may take the training modules before the exam, after the exam, in between attempts or not at all – your choice entirely. Certification doesn’t depend on you taking the optional training – they are there simply to help you learn what YOU need to learn.

Additionally, these training modules remain in your Certification Center until the 2018 Certification is sunset. You can take them at any time before then.

If you are interested in getting your QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification, you must first be current in the three most recent years of QuickBooks Desktop certification, which, starting Nov. 20, will be 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Once you complete the 2018 QuickBooks Desktop certification, you will gain access to the QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification Exam. Upon completion, advance to a Diamond Level Member with access to Diamond Level Benefits. Such as Unlimited VIP US-based Phone Support, get front of the line benefits and care from our most tenured Diamond agents.

If you are QuickBooks Desktop certified in 2016 and 2017, you can also complete your QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification before the QuickBooks Desktop 2018 certification launches on Nov. 20.

Your ProAdvisor Team is ready to help. If you need a hand in accessing the new certification after Nov 20, chat with a U.S.-based agent, or call us at  1-888-333-3451.

1Your certification status is based on our best review of our records, conducted within 24 hours of sending you this note. If you believe our records to be incomplete, please accept our apologies in advance for the inconvenience and contact our QuickBooks ProAdvisor Team at 1-888-333-3451 to resolve the issue.

2Intuit, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Our sponsor number is 103311. Web site: http://www.nasba.org

 

I’m QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certified

Since you hold 2016 and 2017 QuickBooks Desktop Certifications, you're eligible to take the shorter “ProAdvisor Re-Certification Exam” that focuses on “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018.”

 

  • You have one section to complete on “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” with 15 questions.
  • You must complete this section with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  • You have four attempts to pass this section.
  • After your first attempt, subsequent attempts to pass this section of this exam will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly in the previous attempt.
  • Each question is saved as you progress to the next question.
  • You may exit the exam at any time and your progress will be saved (this is helpful for those who need to complete the exam experience in more than one sitting). All your progress is saved, so that when you return, you just start from where you left!
  • If you fail after all four (4) attempts, you must wait one year from your last try before attempting the exam again.

There are ten optional modules, and each one is offered for CPE credit2. By popular request, one of the modules focuses entirely on just “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” for you and your clients.

You may take the training modules before the exam, after the exam, in between attempts or not at all – your choice entirely. Certification doesn’t depend on you taking the optional training – they are there simply to help you learn what YOU need to learn.

Additionally, these training modules remain in your Certification Center until the 2018 Certification is sunset. You can take them at any time before then.

The release of QuickBooks Desktop 2018 Certification doesn't change your status as a QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certified ProAdvisor.

Your ProAdvisor Team is ready to help. If you need a hand in accessing the new certification after Nov 21, chat with a U.S.-based agent, or call us at  1-888-333-3451.

1Your certification status is based on our best review of our records, conducted within 24 hours of sending you this note. If you believe our records to be incomplete, please accept our apologies in advance for the inconvenience and contact our QuickBooks ProAdvisor Team at 1-888-333-3451 to resolve the issue.

2Intuit, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Our sponsor number is 103311. Web site: http://www.nasba.org

I’m QuickBooks Desktop certified in 2016 and 2017, but not QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certified

Since you hold 2016 and 2017 QuickBooks Desktop Certifications, you're eligible to take the shorter “ProAdvisor Re-Certification Exam” that focuses on “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018.”

 

  • You have one (1) section to complete on “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” with 15 questions.
  • You must complete this section with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  • You have four (4) attempts to pass this section.
  • After your first attempt, subsequent attempts to pass this section of this exam will include only the test items that were answered incorrectly in the previous attempt.
  • Each question is saved as you progress to the next question.
  • You may exit the exam at any time and your progress will be saved (this is helpful for those who need to complete the exam experience in more than one sitting). All your progress is saved, so that when you return, you just start from where you left!
  • If you fail after all four (4) attempts, you must wait one year from your last try before attempting the exam again.

There are ten optional modules, and each one is offered for CPE credit2. By popular request, one of the modules focuses entirely on just “What’s New in QuickBooks 2018” for you and your clients.

You may take the training modules before the exam, after the exam, in between attempts or not at all – your choice entirely. Certification doesn’t depend on you taking the optional training – they are there simply to help you learn what YOU need to learn.

Additionally, these training modules remain in your Certification Center until the 2018 Certification is sunset. You can take them at any time before then.

If you are interested in getting your QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification, you must first be current in the three most recent years of QuickBooks Desktop certification, which, starting Nov. 20, will be 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Once you complete the QuickBooks Desktop 2018 certification, you will gain access to the QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification Exam and upon completion, advance to a Diamond Level Member with access to Diamond Level Benefits like Unlimited VIP US-based Phone Support - get front of the line benefits and care from our most tenured Diamond agents.

Since you are QuickBooks Desktop certified in 2016 and 2017, you can also complete your QuickBooks Desktop Advanced Certification before the QuickBooks Desktop 2018 certification launches on Nov. 20.

Your ProAdvisor Team is ready to help. If you need a hand in accessing the new certification after Nov 20, chat with a U.S.-based agent, or call us at  1-888-333-3451.

1Your certification status is based on our best review of our records, conducted within 24 hours of sending you this note. If you believe our records to be incomplete, please accept our apologies in advance for the inconvenience and contact our QuickBooks ProAdvisor Team at 1-888-333-3451 to resolve the issue.

2Intuit, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Our sponsor number is 103311. Web site: http://www.nasba.org

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