NetSuite certifications: the ultimate guide
If you want to work with NetSuite, it pays to have a NetSuite certification.
Holding a NetSuite certification provides many benefits. Not only do you enter into an elite NetSuite professional network, but you can also increase your career opportunities. The 2019 edition of our Salary Survey found that 68% of NetSuite professionals hold a certification, a 66% increase on last year’s report. With nine out of 10 companies asking for qualifications in their job specifications, it’s clear that holding certifications is becoming imperative.
Whether you’re a developer, administrator or a NetSuite customer, there are six different qualifications available to help grow your understanding of the NetSuite ecosystem. The certifications are also a great indicator to potential employers that you have the experience, dedication and technical know-how to drive their organization forward.
The NetSuite certifications cover six disciplines:
- NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation
- NetSuite Certified SuiteCloud Developer
- NetSuite Certified Administrator
- NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant
- NetSuite Certified SuiteCommerce Developer
- NetSuite Financial User certification
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The SuiteFoundation NetSuite certification is for NetSuite professionals who can already use the NetSuite product and have a basic understanding of its core concepts and features. You must hold this certificate before you can complete any others.
The test covers subjects such as:
- 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
There are a variety of additional courses that NetSuite recommends if you are interested in the SuiteFoundation certification, such as:
- NetSuite certification: SuiteFoundation exam preparation
- NetSuite essentials SuiteAnalytics
- Financial reports and searches
The 80 minute exam consists of 66 multiple-choice and matching questions. If you’re a NetSuite professional looking to take this course, it’s worth bearing in mind that you should have between three to six months’ experience administering NetSuite or other equivalent knowledge before you take the test.
The NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation is an essential piece of the NetSuite development jigsaw, and you need the certification to complete the other certifications NetSuite offers.
Before taking the exam, NetSuite has provided sample tests, that you can take a look at. Questions ask you to define and identify how you would complete a task. There are five specific subject areas covered in the test: setup and administration, NetSuite user interface, standard NetSuite process flows, SuiteAnalytics and maintenance, resources and data security.
If you’re an admin looking to take the NetSuite Certified Administrator exam, bear in mind that you need at least one year of configuring and managing a robust NetSuite implementation experience. You should also have the ability to perform the regular tasks of managing an application to meet a company’s needs, plus possess the NetSuite Certified SuiteFoundation qualification.
Certified Administrators are expected to be familiar with:
- SuiteCloud platform
- Setup and administration
- Data security
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.
In NetSuite’s words, the ERP consultant certification requires ‘the equivalent experience of performing five to 10 medium scale, or two to three enterprise, NetSuite ERP implementations, which is roughly equivalent to at least two years’ worth of NetSuite implementations in a consultant-related role’.
The certification covers five subjects: analytics, data strategy, ERP, OneWorld, and platform.
You have two hours to complete the 80 multiple-choice and matching questions.
You can take part in a study session which, if you are a consultant, implementation project team member, or business analyst who has previously helped implement NetSuite in a business, comes recommended. The two-day intensive course focuses on ERP capabilities on the first day. Day two concentrates on platform capabilities. The course is run by experts in the field who review all key subject areas while answering your questions about NetSuite’s features and capabilities by using case studies.
With lectures, study materials and a NetSuite demo account, you’ll be able to prepare thoroughly for your NetSuite ERP Consultant exam. During the two days, the experts will teach you all you need to know in selected subject areas. These include NetSuite ERP, NetSuite OneWorld, item records and inventory management, SuiteCloud Platform and data strategy via data migration and structure.
There are also live training webinars available for free that offer practical tips and tricks to help you use NetSuite better.
The SuiteCloud Developer certification also requires two examinations: the SuiteFoundation exam and the SuiteCloud Developer exam.
The exam covers:
- Design fundamentals
Before you attempt to become a certified SuiteCloud developer, the company recommends attending seven pre-courses, including the five suggested above for the NetSuite Certified Administrator course.
The intensive course objectives include showing you how to automate data entry on forms as well as on standard sublists and sublists that have been created from custom record types. Finding out how to schedule automated processing so it takes place at specified times is also on the itinerary, as is discovering how to extend the power of workflows through action scripts.
You’ll be taught how to build custom portlets and create custom applications and also discover how to use debugging tools to help you troubleshoot your scripts.
The SuiteCloud Developer Exam Preparation course is the final pre-course requisite before sitting the test. Like many other of the courses, it is completed over two days at a cost of $1,600USD. It is used to prepare you for the test by guiding you through crucial subject areas with the help of case studies that apply to the exam’s seven subject areas.
You have two hours in which to complete the exam.
Unlike other certifications, the SuiteCommerce Developer Certification only requires a single exam, the SuiteCommerce Developer exam.
Areas covered by the exam include:
- APIs and services
- SuiteCommerce advanced applications
- Account configuration and set up
- Design fundamentals
The SuiteCloud sections need you to show that you understand how to identify things such as the impact of execution context for scripts and the webstore and also how .ss and .ssp could be used for commerce applications. As well as this, you will have to show you know exactly when a scriptable cart should be used, how to create and install bundle types, identify why you should use global libraries within SSP applications and what the purpose of touchpoints in SSP applications are.
In the API and Services section, you are given selected tasks to show your understanding. One task includes a scenario about the Commerce API in which you must identify the code snippet required to achieve the result you need. You will also be given a commerce scenario in which you must identify the proper fieldset setup for the Search API. You will be given various other situations to showcase your skillset throughout the section.
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Preparing for your NetSuite SuiteCommerce Developer certification exam
To revise efficiently for the SuiteCommerce Advanced applications section, here are some areas that may come up on the exam. You must know how to identify characteristics of a single-page application and be able to show how to bootstrap data on an initial page load, including user-specific and site data. You must also be able to identify templates that follow SCA best practices and reveal how you would expose data from views to templates.
For the account configuration and set-up topic, you will need to prove you can identify how to configure URL components, shipping items and payment methods, while also being able to show you are aware of how to identify NetSuite functionality and recommended practices that are related to credit card data.
Finally, to pass the design fundamentals section of the exam, it’s probable that you’ll be asked to prove you can recognize the place of transaction types in a standard lead-to-cash and returns workflow.
While these tips don’t explain every point that may come up on your test, NetSuite offers you a full exam study guide.
The exam is a live proctored examination, although online proctoring is also available. You are given two hours to complete the test, which consists of 77 multiple choice and matching questions, but you are not allowed to refer to any written or online content during the exam.
The exam specification is rewritten by NetSuite every three to four years, meaning that successful candidates need to retake the test at the end of this period if they want to maintain their certification.
The NetSuite Certified Financial User exam is NetSuite’s latest qualification. According to NetSuite, the certification helps you gain ‘the foundation knowledge necessary to navigate around the NetSuite system and understand core NetSuite accounting and finance functionality’.
The certification covers topic areas, including:
- Classifications and chart of accounts
- Accounts payable
- Accounts receivable
- Billing schedules
- Banking and payment processing
- Journal entries
- Expense allocations
- Financial reports and KPIs
- Period and year-end close
You are allocated 60 minutes to complete the exam which consists of 30 multiple-choice and matching questions. You will have to follow-up your test in the future if you are looking to keep the qualification live. The policy for this is available via NetSuite’s certification webpage.
How much do NetSuite certifications cost?
It costs $250 to register for each exam with a $150 fee for retakes. For more information about how to obtain NetSuite certifications and for an up-to-date schedule for examinations, visit the NetSuite website.
After becoming certified, you are likely to accelerate your career. One benefit for an individual who holds a NetSuite certificate is that it gains you access to a closed LinkedIn community of other individuals to give you the chance to network with your peers. You also become applicable for a 30% discount on any future NetSuite training courses which will allow you to continue improving your professional development.
To keep your certifications current, you need to pass an annual update on your subject, which includes a quiz to verify your awareness of any new features that have been released. As well as this, you need to sit a refresher exam every three to four years, which includes a written examination so you can validate your knowledge.
Once you have completed your course, you should contact NetSuite and allow up to two weeks for confirmation to arrive alongside its related benefits. While passing the exams won’t entitle you to place a logo on your company’s website, it does allow your employer to state how many individuals within the organization are currently certified.