QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU)

Certified for today’s accounting environment

Bookkeeping in the 21st century requires more than knowledge of GAAP principles or an eye for detail—students need relevant computing skills. Intuit® QuickBooks, the industry leader in managerial accounting software for entrepreneurs and small business, provides an easy-to-understand platform for students to grasp accounting concepts while honing skills in the most prevalent bookkeeping application in small business today. Students can validate their QuickBooks knowledge by becoming an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU).

QuickBooks Certified User exam vouchers will now include access to both the QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online tests so candidates can demonstrate their skills in whatever version of QuickBooks they prefer.

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Distinguish your school’s business, accounting, finance, and entrepreneur program

A recent Certiport survey of accounting instructors at two-year colleges revealed that 84% believe students who are preparing for an accounting career should be conversant in QuickBooks. Said one respondent: “Many [students] now learn QuickBooks as they learn bookkeeping or accounting…You might start every bookkeeping or accounting course with it.”

Building the business coursework to support the achievement of the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU) credential increases the value of academic programs and provides your institution with additional recruiting tools.

Key benefits of QuickBooks certification

  • Validate QuickBooks knowledge and skills for a position in professional accountancy
  • Demonstrate bookkeeping skills acumen in a tangible, measurable way
  • Position themselves as a credible job candidate to employers

Free QuickBooks software for educators and students

Intuit Education Program is dedicated to empowering educators and students to advance their skills and expertise in accounting, tax and entrepreneurship. The program offers complimentary accounting and tax software to educators and students across the U.S. Register at intuiteducation.com to access the software needed to certify.

Resources to learn, practice, certify, and share

Through Certiport’s full pathway solution you can prepare your students for QBCU certification with tailored learning materials, practice tests, and Intuit® QuickBooks endorsed certification exams. Adding these materials into your curriculum is easy and seamless.

View the QuickBooks Certified User exam demos here.

Learning materials for QBCU certification

Pathway to certification success

Preparing your students for certification is a big responsibility, so let Certiport make your job easier and more effective with acclaimed course materials and practice tests.

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QuickBooks study guides

In preparation for the QuickBooks Certified User exam, we’ve put together a set of practice exercises and example exam questions for you to review. These materials are meant to help you familiarize yourself with the areas of the exam, but it is not comprehensive across all the objectives.

Certiport has additional resources for your classroom and self-paced test preparation including software, courseware, and practice tests, please contact Certiport Sales for pricing options.

Curriculum and courseware

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The QuickBooks Fundamentals Guide and QuickBooks Complete Textbook use hands-on step-by-step exercises that have you working directly in QuickBooks while you learn the accounting behind the scenes and the best practices. It provides a complete experiential learning environment and practice exercises so the students can apply what they are learning in class. The vivid, color graphics and screen shots explain how to do complex transactions in QuickBooks, making learning interesting and fun. Professors receive extensive support materials, including an Instructors Manual, PowerPoint slides, test banks, and solution files to all exercises.

Available for: QuickBooks Desktop


LearnKey’s QuickBooks online video-based course is designed to improve the employability prospects for any company needing someone who can work with QuickBooks efficiently. The course also serves as a preparation for the QuickBooks Certified User Exam. The course goes through all ten exam domains: QuickBooks Setup, General Product Knowledge, List Management, Items, Sales, Purchases, Payroll, Reports, Basic Accounting, and Customization. This course will give users the confidence to work effectively with QuickBooks for businesses of all types.

  • Test prep questions from online training
  • View your online courseware anytime, anywhere
  • Gain the skills necessary to confidently work in the QuickBooks application
  • Available on the GMetrix platform

Available for: QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online

CCI Learning

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CCI Learning’s QuickBooks Premier 2018 Certification Level 1 and Level 2 handbooks are available as a bundle. The Level 1 book introduces basic accounting tasks, starting with an introduction to QuickBooks and a review of accounting cycles. The Level 2 book introduces intermediate and advanced features of QuickBooks. Both are necessary to prepare for the QuickBooks Desktop Exam. Available as physical textbooks or ebooks, this bundle is a perfect curriculum solution for any accounting, finance, or business program. Valuable teacher resources include lesson plans and slides.

Available for: QuickBooks Desktop

Labyrinth Learning™

Labyrinth publishes easy-to-use textbooks that empower educators to teach complex subjects quickly and effectively — and enable students to gain confidence, develop practical skills, and compete in a demanding market.  Labyrinth offers extensive instructor support materials, eLabs, and convenient customer service to create true learning solutions for instructor-led, self-paced and online courses in community colleges, corporate training, continuing and community education, career and technical education, and high schools.

  • Prepare your students for the real world
  • Make the connection between QuickBooks and accounting principles
  • Automate grading with eLab Quick Grader

Available for: QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop

GMetrix QuickBooks Course

This online course uses text, video, and quizzes to teach students everything they need to know to pass the QuickBooks Desktop exam. There are 16 lessons, each includes hands on activities using sample files in the QuickBooks. This course is conveniently housed on the GMetrix platform.

Available for: QuickBooks Desktop

Note: QuickBooks Desktop Certification is based on U.S. accounting guidelines. The QuickBooks Online exam is available in both a U.S. and global version.

Success stories

Certification leads to success

Certiport believes that everyone with a QuickBooks Certified User certification has a story to share that can motivate, inspire, and encourage others to succeed. We want to publish those stories and ensure that people across the globe are celebrated for becoming a QuickBooks Certified User.

University of Texas at Dallas UT Dallas students and educators share the value of the QBCU Certification. Not only are students and educators seeing the value of the certifications, businesses are seeing the great benefits of a certified workforce.

Milwaukee Area Technical College MATC has been training individuals on QuickBooks for years, but decided it was time to validate their students’ skills by incorporating the QBCU certification as part of their accounting program.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a robust QuickBooks certification for students providing students with an advantage in the job market and in college.

Bellevue College Bellevue College Workforce Program certifies non-traditional college students with QBCU as part of an effort to retrain or gain new job skills.

More stories

Everything my students learn and validate with the Quickbooks certification is applied in the real world – they are getting hands on training on the actual software.
– Tony Bloedom, Accounting Teacher, Lee County High School
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“Our Accounting Program has become more popular since we implemented the QBCU exam and I believe it’s due to the industry certification and its relevance in the workforce. This year we are looking at certifying 50 to 100 students and I expect that number to continue to grow.
– Robert Quinn, Educational Specialist for Business and IT Programs, M-DCPS
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The Certiport resource library is a great place to find more information about our certification programs and learning resources and will be continually updated. The library includes documents and materials to help you understand and share the value of offering and earning a certification.


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