Ultimate Guide to NetSuite Certifications

To become a NetSuite professional, it pays to have a NetSuite Certification.

There are several different certifications available for those of you working in the NetSuite world to confirm to potential employers that you have the experience and knowledge they are looking for..

There are six official NetSuite Certifications available covering six disciplines:

  • NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation,
  • NetSuite Certified SuiteCloud Developer,
  • NetSuite Certified Administrator,
  • NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant,
  • NetSuite Certified SuiteCommerce Developer
  • NetSuite Financial User Certification.

NetSuite professionals study for these certifications in order to improve their career standings and ultimately earn more money!

Studying for a NetSuite Certification

Here’s what you need to know about the different certifications:

NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation

The Certified SuiteFoundation NetSuite Certification is aimed at NetSuite professionals who can already use the NetSuite product and have a basic understanding of its key concepts and features.

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.
  • Relationships among users, roles and permissions.
  • Standard record types and how they are structured.

If you are interested in the NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation certification, there are a variety of other courses that NetSuite recommend to help you be successful:

  • NetSuite Certification: SuiteFoundation Exam Preparation.
  • NetSuite Essentials SuiteAnalytics.
  • Financial Reports and Searches.

NetSuite professionals wishing to take this course are advised they should have between three to six months’ experience administering NetSuite or other equivalent knowledge.

The 80-minute exam consists of 66 multiple-choice and matching questions.

To be able to achieve any of the following certifications you need to also pass the SuiteFoundation certificate.  This can be done either before or by taking both certifications together.

NetSuite Certified Administrator

NetSuite Certified Administrator

Those seeking this NetSuite Certification should possess at least one year of configuring and managing a robust NetSuite implementation experience., With the ability to perform the regular tasks of managing an application to meet a company’s needs.

Certified Administrators are expected to possess familiarity with:

  • SuiteAnalytics
  • SuiteBuilder
  • SuiteCloud Platform
  • Setup and Administration
  • Data Security
  • Working with NetSuite

Recommended courses for the NetSuite Certified Administrator certification include:

  • NetSuite Essentials
  • SuiteAnalytics: Reports and Searches.
  • SuiteAnalytics: Advanced Searches.
  • SuiteFlow: Workflow Fundamentals.
  • SuiteCloud: Exploring the NetSuite Platform.

NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant

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 certification covers:

  • Analytics.
  • Data Strategy.
  • ERP.
  • OneWorld.
  • Platform.

The exam has 120 minutes allotted for the 80 multiple-choice and matching questions.

NetSuite Certified Developer

NetSuite Certified SuiteCloud Developer

The SuiteCloud Developer Certification also requires two examinations- the SuiteFoundation Exam and the SuiteCloud Developer Exam.

Those pursuing the SuiteCloud Developer Certification are expected to possess 1-2 years of experience working with SuiteCloud Technologies, as well as 2-3 years of software development experience.

Also recommended is expertise in JavaScript, SQL, SOAP, XML, JSON, and REST technologies.

The exam covers such subject areas as:

  • SuiteAnalytics,
  • SuiteFlow,
  • SuiteTalk,
  • SuiteBundler,
  • SuiteBuilder,
  • SuiteScript
  • Design Fundamentals.

For the Certified SuiteCloud Developer Certification, recommended courses include:

  • NetSuite Essentials.
  • SuiteAnalytics: Reports and Searches.
  • SuiteAnalytics: Advanced Searches.
  • SuiteCloud: Exploring the NetSuite Platform.
  • SuiteFlow: Workflows for Developers.
  • SuiteScript 10: Extend NetSuite with JavaScript.
  • SuiteTalk: Integrate Your Applications.
  • NetSuite Certification: SuiteCloud Developer Exam Preparation.

The certificate exam has 120 minutes allotted for the completion of the examination questions.

NetSuite SuiteCommerce Developer Certification

Unlike the other certifications, 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.
  • Design Fundamentals.

Those wishing to pursue the SuiteCommerce Developer Certification should have 1-2 years working with all relevant SuiteCommerce Technologies, as well as 2-3 years of relevant web development experience.

You need to have a basic knowledge of SuiteScript ; knowledge of JavaScript, JSON, HTML, CSS and REST technologies are also helpful.

The exam is a live proctored examination, although online proctoring is also available. The exam allots 120 minutes for 77 multiple-choice and matching questions.

NetSuite Financial User

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 enrolee has achieved “ the foundation knowledge necessary to navigate around the NetSuite system and understand core NetSuite accounting and finance functionality.”

The certification covers topic areas like:

  • 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
  • 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 exam allots 60 minutes to complete 30 multiple-choice and matching questions.

How much do the certifications cost?

It costs around $250 to register for each exam with a $150 fee for retakes.

For more information about how to obtain NetSuite certifications and schedule an examination, visit the NetSuite website.

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