Intuit Inc. has restructured its accountant-focused QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program, which will now incorporate a three-tiered structure with access to more benefits for members to increase their knowledge of QuickBooks and other Intuit small business solutions through Intuit's certification process.

The news was announced via newswire and at the Midwest Accounting & Finance Show.

Under the new tiered program, ProAdvisors who progress through Intuit’s QuickBooks Certification and Advanced Certification training receive additional program benefits to recognize their deeper knowledge of QuickBooks. These include larger product discounts that can be passed onto their clients and differentiated support options.

As members advance from tier to tier to achieve the status of QuickBooks Certified and QuickBooks Advanced Certified, they also receive unlimited U.S.-based phone support in addition to the unlimited U.S.-based chat support. Current, non-certified ProAdvisors receive unlimited U.S.-based phone support for one year from their upcoming renewal date, giving them additional time to become QuickBooks Certified or Advanced Certified.

"Since its inception, the focus of the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program has been to provide accounting professionals with the tools they need to be successful in their practices and with the clients they serve," said Ian Vacin, leader of the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program. "By developing a tiered structure, we are recognizing accounting professionals in the program who spend the time to become proficient in QuickBooks and other Intuit products and services geared toward small businesses."

The ProAdvisor Member Web site has also been completely transformed and will launch in early September. Accountants will be able to access their benefits and tools to set and achieve their professional and business goals. The Web site will continue to act as a portal to the online community of more than 60,000 QuickBooks ProAdvisors.

In addition, starting Sept. 13, the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program will be priced at $599 annually for new members. The QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program plus Payroll Program will be $799. For current members, starting Nov. 1, the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program will be $549 annually. The QuickBooks ProAdvisor Membership plus Payroll option will be $749.

All members will receive for free QuickBooks Accountant Plus, Intuit Statement Writer, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks for Mac, Intuit GoPayment, Intuit Payment Network, and Intuit Check Solutions for QuickBooks.