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Raiser’s Edge NXT Fundamentals, Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals, & Raiser’s Edge Professional Certifications For 2019

Great New Year’s news—Blackbaud University 2019 Certifications are available now!

You know Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge inside and out. But can you prove it? Blackbaud certification in Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge is the best way to demonstrate your level of product mastery. If you’re ready to prove what you know, get certified!

Blackbaud University offers certified learning opportunities to recognize student achievement and help validate product knowledge. We provide these development opportunities to reflect our students’ commitment to excellence.


Fundamentals Certification 
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Ready to take the first step in proving your Raiser’s Edge NXT or Raiser’s Edge product knowledge? Start the process to become Blackbaud Fundamentals certified in Raiser’s Edge NXT or Raiser’s Edge. The recommended path to achieve product-specific certification is to first attend the Fundamentals series of courses, and then take the Raiser’s Edge NXT Fundamentals Exam or the Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals Exam

If you have previously taken the Fundamentals courses, or feel you have the necessary product skills and knowledge, you may proceed to the exam. You may use workbooks and notes from previous classes and you may also have your Blackbaud software open while taking the exam. Students who pass with an 80% score or better are Fundamentals certified. Passing this exam enables access to all courses for which the Fundamentals series is a prerequisite. Fundamentals certification is a great milestone for every Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge user.


Raiser’s Edge NXT Fundamentals Exam Recommended Courses
Raiser’s Edge NXT: Fundamentals—Overview and Data Entry
Raiser’s Edge NXT: Fundamentals—Fundraising


Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals Exam Recommended Courses
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals—Constituents

Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals—Gifts
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals—Query
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals—Data Analysis and Extraction
 

Bonus: All recommended courses and the Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals certification exam are included in Blackbaud University’s Raiser’s Edge Learn More® and Learn Everything® training subscriptions! The Raiser’s Edge NXT exam and the Raiser’s Edge exam are both included in the regional course Raiser’s Edge NXT: Fundamentals Bootcamp.

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Are you ready to take the next step? Blackbaud University provides a secondary level of certification for Raiser’s Edge users. This Professional level of certification indicates a broader and deeper knowledge set. Students who pass with an 80% score or better are certified at the Professional level.

Eligibility for Professional certification requires prior Fundamentals certification.

Before attempting the Professional exam, we suggest being comfortable with the following topics. During the exam, you may use workbooks and notes from previous classes and you may also have your Blackbaud software open while taking the exam. To learn more about a topic or brush up on your skills, take the recommended courses for that topic.
Certification Exam Topics Recommended Courses
Constituents Topic
Gifts Topic
Query Topic
 
Data Analysis Topic
 
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Bonus: All recommended courses, exams, and certifications are included in Blackbaud University’s
Raiser’s Edge Learn More® and Learn Everything® training subscriptions! The opportunity to earn Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals certification is also included in the regional course Raiser’s Edge: Professional Bootcamp.

Action Item: Ready to test your skill? Click on the course names in this blog post to view the course descriptions and course abstracts.

Certification Credentials 
When you achieve accreditation, you join a savvy community of professionals who are Blackbaud experts, and you attain credentials recognized as the industry standard. Blackbaud Certification validates your credentials, enhances your resume, and helps advance your career.

Bonus: When you pass a certification exam, you’ll receive a certificate and will be able to start promoting your certified designation:

 
  • Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge NXT – Fundamentals
and/or
  • Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge – Fundamentals
and/or
  • Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge – Professional

You will also receive an email from Blackbaud with a link to download the certification seal to share on social media pages, and a small digital icon to use on your business cards, resume, and email signature. You can even promote your certification status with a badge on your Blackbaud Community profile!

No Expiration
Every certification identifies the year it was achieved. There is no expiration on a certification, but the year gives context to when the title was achieved. We encourage students to periodically renew certification in order to reflect updates in the product platforms. You can use your certification as exemption from Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge instructor-led prerequisite courses for a full three years after certification date.

No Course Requirement
We want you to pass your certification examination; we therefore recommend specific courses be taken before attempting certification. However, if you feel you possess skills and knowledge strong enough to pass an exam, we encourage you to take the exam without taking the recommended courses. To learn what topics are covered in a recommended course (and in the associated certification exam), please review the course Abstract.
Posted by Mike Adams on Jan 2, 2019 9:20 AM America/New_York

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KaLeigh Hurley‍ I am sorry to hear that! I am looking into it for you.
  • Posted Wed 02 Jan 2019 02:39 PM EST
KaLeigh Hurley‍ I sent you an email. This should be fixed going forward. Have a great day!
  • Posted Wed 02 Jan 2019 03:10 PM EST
Do you know if you will have a RE: Professional Bootcamp in Cleveland, OH in 2019?
  • Posted Thu 10 Jan 2019 11:33 AM EST
Hey Julie Grazia‍! It does not look like any have been scheduled yet, but the calendar is updated periodically. You can check it here: https://blackbaud.csod.com/LMS/catalog/EventsCalendar.aspx?tab_page_id=-10#m=2&d=02/10/2019 You can filter on the Location and then check month-by-month.
  • Posted Thu 10 Jan 2019 02:53 PM EST
I could swear that I saw there was another level above Professional Certification coming out this year, but I can't find information on it now for some reason.  Recommended courses included Crystal Reports.  Do you have any information on that?  Thanks!
  • Posted Wed 16 Jan 2019 05:28 PM EST
Hi Christy Vint Griswold‍!  A Masters Level certification for Raiser's Edge is under consideration, but we have no specific plans for it at this time.
  • Posted Thu 17 Jan 2019 02:22 PM EST
I completed the pre-requisites for professional certification from previous organizations I worked for and passed the 2019 Fundamentals exams, what would be the next step for me?
  • Posted Thu 14 Feb 2019 12:37 PM EST
Hi Catherine Avena‍! The next step would be the RE Professional Certification. Great work on your previous certifications!
 
  • Posted Thu 14 Feb 2019 02:23 PM EST
Greetings,


I am an individual who wants to pay for Raiser edge certification on https://community.blackbaud.com/blogs/13/5182. Do I have to be part of an organization to have access to the training and exams on blackboard?

I have over 10 years of experience with non profit oversees and now all the organization I have applying for jobs with need me to get certified. I want to pay for the exam and get the certificate and apply for jobs in the DMV area. 

Please advise

Thanks,
Marvin
 
  • Posted Mon 04 Mar 2019 12:02 AM EST
Marvin Davis‍ I sent you a PM
 
  • Posted Tue 05 Mar 2019 02:16 PM EST