Although people can enroll in online courses that help them prepare for certification, they have to take the certification test in person at an authorized testing center to earn the QuickBooks certification from the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers. As of February 2015, this exam takes 2 hours and is taken open-book.
Online courses for QuickBooks certification may include live webinars and video tutorials. In order to pass the certification exam, people need to know how to set up the QuickBooks software, work with accounts and lists, analyze financial data and input data for sales, payroll, payments, bills and deposits. The exam also has a focus on using shortcuts to work with the software more efficiently.