Intuit has released a set of all new certification badges for Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors to signify their accomplishments. According to Intuit, the redesign features a sleek, modern visual and updated color scheme to further differentiate accounting professionals and spark connections with business owners.
Here are the new badges:
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The badges, which will be available for download early September in the ProAdvisor Member Center, can be added to websites, email signatures and marketing materials.
In anticipation of a lot of questions concerning the new badges, The ProAdvisor Program provided the following FAQ (frequently asked question) materials, so that you could get your questions and concerns answered directly from the Program.
Why are you changing the badges?
Becoming a Certified ProAdvisor is an important distinction for small businesses seeking a QuickBooks expert. In our continued efforts to drive connections between business owners and accounting professionals, we redesigned our certification badges to better reflect your accomplishment and differentiate your practice in the Find-a-ProAdvisor Directory.
These badges are fresh and modern and match the overall QuickBooks look and feel.
What’s different about the new badges?
Improved visual quality – The crisp new design looks great on your business card or website. Also, the new badges scale to a small version on the Find-a-ProAdvisor Directory so that they stand out even on small screens.
Better communicate your achievement – ProAdvisors has told us that getting certified is a badge of honor, and our new design reflects that. Plus, the updated color scheme enables you to display your product expertise at a glance.
Fresh and modern look – The clean new visuals are more appealing to clients seeking a trusted advisor for today’s business needs.
When are they changing?
The new badges will be available in early September.
What do I have to do?
Log into your ProAdvisor member center and click on the “Certifications” tab. If you have completed certifications, you will be able to download the corresponding badge. You can update or add to your website, email signature, Facebook page or marketing collateral.
When do I have to update my badges by?
Once the badges are available, small businesses and other prospective clients also will start seeing the new versions in Find-a-ProAdvisor and other QuickBooks marketing sites.
We encourage you to update your badges quickly, especially in your digital channels (website, social, email signature), to maintain consistency with what small businesses and potential customers will be seeing on Intuit communications and the Find-a-ProAdvisor Directory.
Where is my ProAdvisor member center?.
Unsure where to log in? Read Intuit's blog article.
Does this mean I have to do to the certification again?
No, you will be able to access the new badge for any current certification you have completed.
What is certification and why should I get certified?
Certification is one of the best ways to show existing clients the depth of your expertise – and to earn distinctions that will attract new clients. After passing the QuickBooks Online Certification exam, you become a Certified ProAdvisor, receive your badge, and be eligible for a listing on the Find-a-ProAdvisor directory, which is searched by 700,000-plus small businesses each year. Don’t worry, we provide self-paced and live training resources to get you ready for the exam.
Here is an Intuit link to get started on your QuickBooks Online Certification today.
Is “QuickBooks” in written form now “quickbooks”?
Although the new QuickBooks brand mark is in lower case, the correct written name of the product is still “QuickBooks”
Do these badge changes apply to ProAdvisors outside of the U.S.?
Yes, the new badges are for all certified ProAdvisors located around the world. If you have completed certifications, you will be able to download the corresponding new badge. You can update or add to your website, email signature, Facebook page, or marketing collateral.
EDITOR'S EDITION - Subsequent to the original publication of this article, we have now been provided with higher resolution versions of the new ProAdvisor Badges, you can see them in a 2nd (companion) Blog I wrote on this topic titled "Will the Real 'new' PoAdvisor Badges Please Stand Up."