NetSuite Inc. has officially launched its ERP Consultant Certification Program, which is designed to offer professional services consultants an opportunity to validate their expertise in implementing, integrating and optimizing the product.

The program’s creation was prompted by increased partner demand and already has 100 Solution Provider and Professional Services partners certified as part of the beta program.

To become NetSuite certified, partners need to undergo two exams: a foundation exam, which helps ensure a consultant has a good understanding of the entire product and a second exam that is more of a “deep dive,” and addresses accounting and finance functions of NetSuite, according to NetSuite’s vice president of worldwide education services, Dean Sprankling.

He also noted that the initial exams are $250 each, and certified partners are expected to take a free annual exam online to maintain certification. There will also be a certification logo that partners can use on their business cards and websites, which can be verified by their customers on the NetSuite Certification website.

“We started building the program with three objectives: to ensure a certain level of quality for customers from our NetSuite partners; as a way for partners to say they are more experienced; and for individual consultants who wanted a way to express their level of skill in NetSuite,” said Sprankling. “When we were building it, one thing we did was to define what a program like this would look like, so partners played a large role in building it. We also wanted to define what it would mean to be NetSuite Certified. Our partners are starting to embrace it now.”

Registration for the program is now open at the NetSuite ERP Consultant Certification site


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