Vertex has announced an online certification program through which continuing professional education credits can be earned.

The program, Vertex Certified, uses a remote, Web-based learning format for learning the company's corporate tax software system, reducing travel costs. “It provides organizations with a clear way to develop and recognize tax professionals and measure return on their training investment,” said Vertex director for customer education Kerry Kaczorowski in a statement.

The first certification is designed for Vertex Sales Tax Q Series 3.x. Candidates advance through seven live and self-paced Web modules, a certification project focused on a real-world scenario, and a two-part final exam.

Certification takes approximately 30 hours to complete over six to eight weeks and offers 10 CPE credits. Successful candidates can promote their new status with the “Vertex Certified” and “Vertex Certified Professional” logos.

Vertex introduced the Vertex Certified program earlier this year through an invitation-only pilot. Vertex plans to soon introduce certification tracks for other major product lines, starting with the Vertex O Series project management software and is also exploring training certification for income tax.

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