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New Program Streamlines QuickBooks Certification Process

Intuit Releases ProAdvisor Online Certification Training for 2011

Mountain View, Calif – Jan. 25, 2011 – Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) has streamlined its QuickBooks® certification course, making it easier and faster for accounting professionals to become Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors®. This new QuickBooks certification, developed in conjunction with Allen Communication Learning Services, is a series of online  training modules designed to efficiently guide ProAdvisors through the accreditation process. The newly released 2011 QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification program has several notable updates, including:

  • Express Lane to Certification. QuickBooks ProAdvisors can become certified by taking one of two exams. Those who already hold the 2009 and 2010 certifications can take an abbreviated recertification exam. Those who do not already hold the 2009 and 2010 certifications must take the more comprehensive certification exam.
  • Customized Training Experience. Training courses are available throughout the calendar year, with nine topical courses to help potential ProAdvisors prepare for the certification exam. Accounting professionals can choose which preparation courses they wish to take and receive the appropriate number of CPE credits.
  • Help Me Find the Answers. Regardless of the exam, all questions correlate with the preparatory training courses. When a potential ProAdvisor answers a question incorrectly, the program lists the courses and lessons the candidate should focus on to help pass a future exam.
     

“We developed the new QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification program to help ProAdvisors educate themselves and take the exams at their own convenience,” said Alison Ball, senior program manager for certifications and partner relations at Intuit.

Created with Allen Communication Learning Services, the program addresses several learner requirements.

“This updated series of online courses ensures that accounting professionals will get high-quality training and certification, with the convenience of anytime, anywhere access.” said Ron Zamir, chief executive officer of Allen.

Intuit lists all Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors on its Find-a-ProAdvisor referral website, which, in 2010, received an average of more than 34,000 – and growing – small business owners looking to find local QuickBooks experts each month. ProAdvisors needing certification or those seeking the Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor status can get information about the membership program and certification at https://proadvisor.intuit.com.

About Intuit Accounting Professionals Division

Intuit’s Accounting Professionals Division helps accounting and tax professionals be more productive and grow their practices through the Intuit ProLine portfolio of offerings, including QuickBooks Accountant, QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program, Lacerte Tax, ProSeries Tax, and a variety of practice management, research, planning, and data management tools. More information is available at www.accountant.intuit.com.

About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax®, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.

Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.5 billion in its fiscal year 2010. The company has approximately 7,700 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

Intuit, the Intuit logo, QuickBooks, Lacerte, ProSeries and Intuit ProLine, among others, are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries.

About Allen

For three decades, the learning and development experts at Allen Communication Learning Services (www.allencomm.com) have helped many of the world’s largest companies sharpen their organizational performance. Allen expands their clients’ capabilities by using progressive approaches in custom training, e-learning, and blended learning development, as well as learning portal development and technologies that help improve ROI.

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