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Is there value in Quickbooks certification?

We use Quickbooks for our business. Are there benefits in becoming QBs Certified?

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Isheunesu Moyo
Title: Managing Partner
Company: AccountPro Consulting (Pty) Ltd
(Managing Partner, AccountPro Consulting (Pty) Ltd) |

If you're certified, it means literally and technically, you have grasped both the theoretical and practical aspect of the subject matter. To answer your question, if you're QB Certified you can be used to transfer skills and knowledge to your peers in your organisation and besides you can also offer consulting services as a QB specialist.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

That's not true. It means you took their course and successfully passed their exam.

There is more to QB (or any accounting system) that can be crammed into any single course or courses. In addition, every implementation is different, so what was covered in the course may not apply.

Are there other benefits, absolutely and each vendor and their program is different, but as I've commented many many times, certifications don't mean you a) know everything or b) can apply it outside of the academic realm.

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Jaime Campbell
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Tier One Services, LLC
(Chief Financial Officer, Tier One Services, LLC) |

The only benefit to becoming QB certified is to have other people assume something about your professional worth and trust/pay you accordingly. Most people who go for it are in public accounting/bookkeeping looking to attract clients.

If you're a CFO in a company and want to stay in industry, I wouldn't bother.

Better to showcase your skills with tangible, measurable accomplishments.

Early in my public accounting career I became certified for a number of years, and it was a nice selling point. Ultimately I stopped the annual certifications because I had by then built a stellar reputation and much more compelling stories to tell, like what my clients got out of our work together, the fact that I had published a book (http://goo.gl/hDMfL) and numerous articles and speaking engagements.

As for developing your skillset, the content of the certification and what you gain by studying for it aren't worth that much. Better to awaken your inner curiosity and say to yourself, "I wonder if there's a way to...?" and "I bet there's a faster way to..." and pursue the specific answer for your situation. This attitude over time will give you greater value than certification.

Anonymous
(CFO) |

Will you learn new and useful things in the process of becoming certified (that you might not take the time to learn otherwise)? And/or, will others view you more positively? If the answer to either is yes, then it may be worthwhile.

Pragmatically, I've found the best use of certifications is as a means of demonstrating your knowledge on a resume. Given multiple resumes of candidates with similar credentials, s/he who has a certification (an objective qualification) will be preferred to the candidate who simply states his/her knowledge.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
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(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Although I agree with Wayne in his assessment of having a QB certification means you took their course and passed their exam, I will offer a bit of a caveat.

Some hiring managers are certification and acronym-happy. The more you have on your resume and business card, the more favored you can be. Not always, but the perception of the hiring manager is everything.

If you think it's worth it to pay to take the course and exam then you will have something to add to your resume. Other than saying all you have to lose is your money, isn't entirely true; having the certification may open other doors of opportunity.

Do a cost-benefit analysis of where you are in your professional career. It may make sense to do it.

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