NetSuite Certifications: The Ultimate Guide
To become a NetSuite professional, it pays to have a NetSuite Certification. There are several different certifications available for those in the NetSuite world.
Oracle’s NetSuite Global Business Unit, the post-merger incarnation of NetSuite, offers official NetSuite Certifications in six disciplines: NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation, NetSuite Certified SuiteCloud Developer, NetSuite Certified Administrator, NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant, NetSuite Certified SuiteCommerce Developer and NetSuite Financial User Certification.
NetSuite professionals often obtain these certifications in order to improve their career standings and ultimately earn more money.
Here’s what you need to know about these certifications, and how and where to get them:
NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation
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The Certified SuiteFoundation NetSuite Certification is for NetSuite professionals who can work with the NetSuite product and have a basic understanding of key concepts and features in the NetSuite ecosystem. They must, according to NetSuite, possess the foundational knowledge necessary to understand core NetSuite functionality, while having worked for six months administering the NetSuite application, or acquired equivalent knowledge.
These concepts include company and user preferences, customization options of the NetSuite user interface, features and standard modules, dashboards, reports and searches, the NetSuite product release process, the relationship among users, roles and permissions and standard record types and how they are structured.
Those interested in the NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation certification are recommended to take a variety of courses: NetSuite Certification: SuiteFoundation Exam Preparation, NetSuite Essentials and SuiteAnalytics: Financial Reports and Searches.
The NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation examination is 66 multiple-choice and multiple questions, and 80 minutes are allotted. The fee for the course is $250, or $150 for a retake fee.
NetSuite Certified Administrator
— NetSuiteEMEA (@NetSuiteEMEA) September 5, 2015
Those achieving this certification are required to pass the SuiteFoundation exam – with all requirements cited above – plus the Administrator exam.
It is recommended that those seeking this NetSuite Certification possess one year of configuring and managing a robust NetSuite implementation, as well as an ability to perform the regular tasks of managing an application to meet a company’s needs.
Certified Administrators are expected to possess familiarity with Data Security, SuiteAnalytics, SuiteBuilder, SuiteCloud Platform, Setup and Administration and Working With NetSuite.
Recommended courses for the NetSuite Certified Administrator certification include NetSuite Essentials, SuiteAnalytics: Reports and Searches, SuiteAnalytics: Advanced Searches; SuiteFlow: Workflow Fundamentals and SuiteCloud: Exploring the NetSuite Platform.
The Administrator Exam has an entrance fee of $250, with a $150 retake fee.
NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant
The NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant certification also requires completing the SuiteFoundation Exam in addition to the ERP Consultant Exam.
The ERP consultant certification requires, in NetSuite’s words, “the equivalent experience of performing 5–10 medium scale, or 2–3 enterprise NetSuite ERP implementations, which is roughly equivalent to at least 2 years’ worth of NetSuite implementations in a consultant-related role.”
The exam covers Analytic, Data Strategy, ERP, OneWorld and Platform.
For customers, recommended courses include: NetSuite Essentials, SuiteAnalytics: Financial Reports and Searches; SuiteAnalytics: Advanced Searches; SuiteFlow: Workflow Fundamentals; SuiteCloud: Exploring the NetSuite Platform; NetSuite: Finance Fundamentals and NetSuite Certification: ERP Consultant Study Session. For partners, it is recommended that they enroll in NetSuite Partner Consultant Bootcamp and NetSuite Certification: ERP Consultant Study Session.
The ERP Consultant Exam has a $250 registration fee, with a $150 retake fee; 120 minutes are allotted for the 80 multiple-choice and matching questions.
NetSuite Certified SuiteCloud Developer
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The SuiteCloud Developer Certification also requires two examinations- the SuiteFoundation Exam and the SuiteCloud Developer Exam.
The exam covers such subject areas as SuiteAnalytics, SuiteFlow, SuiteTalk, SuiteBundler, SuiteBuilder, SuiteScript and Design Fundamentals.
The exam has a registration fee of $250, with a retake fee of $150; 120 minutes are allotted for the completion of the examination.
NetSuite SuiteCommerce Developer Certification
The SuiteCommerce Developer Certification only requires a single exam, the SuiteCommerce Developer Exam. Areas covered by the exam include SuiteCloud, APIs and Services, SuiteCommerce Advanced applications, Account Configuration and Set Up and Design Fundamentals.
The exam costs $250, with a $150 retake fee. It is a live proctored examination, although online proctoring is also available. The exam allots 120 minutes for 77 multiple-choice and matching questions.
NetSuite Certified Financial User
The newest NetSuite Certification, Certified Financial User, was established in early 2017. The certification, according to NetSuite, is meant to certify that the enrollee has achieved “foundational knowledge necessary to navigate around the NetSuite system and understand core NetSuite accounting and finance functionality.”
The certification covers such topic areas as Subsidiaries, Classifications and Chart of Accounts; Accounts Payable; Accounts Receivable; Billing Schedules; Banking and Payment Processing; Journal Entries; Budgeting; Expense Allocations; Financial Reports and KPIs and Period and Year-End Close.
Recommended training includes the NetSuite: Finance Fundamentals course, as well as three months experience in accounting or finance roles using any system.
The Financial User Exam has a fee of $150 with a $100 retake fee. The exam allots 60 minutes to complete 30 multiple-choice and matching questions.
For more information about how to obtain NetSuite certifications and how to schedule an examination, visit the NetSuite website.