Over the years there have been both 'cheers' and 'clamor' regarding changes in the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program. I'm expecting 'cheers' this year !
People have complained about escalating costs of the Program, while at the same time complaining about the fact that a 'free' (cloud only) program was offered. Others have shouted about the ProAdvisor 'levels' with status earned at least in part via certifications achieved. Some ProAdvisors complained saying "I don't support this product (or that product) yet I am being charged a membership fee that includes the products I don't support." Well, now, as far as that last complaint is concerned, Intuit has heard what ProAdvisors have said and they are amending the Program Structure to permit variable products.
The newly implemented QuickBooks ProAdvisor 'Right-for-Me' Program gives ProAdvisors the option of supporting all, the most common, or just cloud-based clients, and receiving the software right for the clients they support.
ProAdvisor Premium Membership Option
Let's start by looking at the 'top of the line' Program level which is called ProAdvisor Premium. As you can see from the chart below this level provides all the same software and benefits that ProAdvisors have been receiving for the last several years.
If you support Enterprise clients, you want this Premium level membership, the same applies if you support Point-of-Sale, or QuickBooks for Mac, as well as QuickBooks Pro/Premier. At this membership level you are going to get the same software and benefits you have been receiving.
"New" ProAdvisor Deluxe Membership Option
Maybe you are just starting out as a ProAdvisor, or you recognize that your target niche are small businesses that use only Pro or Premier, or perhaps QBO, and that you don't intend to support bigger companies that need QuickBooks Enterprise, or retail shops needing Point-of-sale, and you don't even own an Apple Mac. If this is you then you will appreciate the NEW membership level called 'ProAdvisor Deluxe) that focuses on Pro and Premier by giving your QuickBooks Accountant along with QuickBooks Online.
Even though this membership represents a $200/year savings over the 'Premium'' level, this level of membership still includes certifications and support but only those associated with the products you are using, and receive as part of this new membership level.
"ProAdvisor" (formerly Cloud ProAdvisor) Membership Option
For ProAdvisors who support only clients using QuickBooks Online, the ProAdvisor Program is still 'free'.
Obviously the focus in terms of software, training and support for this membership option is 'the cloud' and QuickBooks Online. And let's face it, you can hardly beat 'free' as a price tag.
Need a side-by-side comparison, well here it is:
For more information about the 'Right-for-Me' ProAdvisor Program options visit the website.