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Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals, Raiser’s Edge NXT Fundamentals, & Raiser’s Edge Professional Certifications For 2020

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.

Great New Year’s news—Blackbaud University 2020 Certification is available now!

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Ready to take the first step in proving your Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT or Raiser’s Edge product knowledge? Start the process to become Blackbaud Fundamentals certified in Blackbaud 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 Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT Fundamentals Exam or the Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals Exam (search Training Central using the keyword 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. Students who pass with an 80% score or better are Fundamentals certified. Passing this exam enables access to all courses for which the Fundamentals certification is a prerequisite. Fundamentals certification is a great milestone for every Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge user.

Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Fundamentals Exam recommended courses are listed under the Fundamentals section of the curriculum datasheet.
Raiser’s Edge NXT: Fundamentals - Overview
Raiser's Edge NXT: Fundamentals - Data Entry

Raiser’s Edge NXT: Fundamentals - Fundraising

Raiser's Edge Fundamentals Exam recommended courses are listed under the Fundamentals section of the curriculum datasheet.
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals - Constituents
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals - Gifts
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals - Query
Raiser’s Edge: Fundamentals - Data Analysis and Extraction 
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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. Eligibility for Professional certification requires Fundamentals certification. Students who pass with an 80% score or better are certified at the Professional level.

Before attempting the Professional exam, we suggest being comfortable with the following topics. To learn more about a topic or brush up on your skills, take the recommended courses for that topic.
Certification Exam Topics Recommended Courses Listed on the
Curriculum Datasheet
Constituents Topic
  • Raiser’s Edge: Maintaining Accurate Constituent Records
Gifts Topic
  • Raiser’s Edge: Gift Updates and Maintenance
Query Topic
  • Raiser’s Edge: Expert Data Segmentation with Query
Mail Topic
  • Raiser’s Edge: Efficient Mail Communications
Export Topic
  • Raiser’s Edge: Generating Exports
Reports Topic
  • Raiser’s Edge: Actionable Reporting

Bonus: The Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals certification exam is free to all users. Additionally, Blackbaud University Raiser’s Edge Learn More
® and Learn Everything® training subscribers have the recommended courses, exams, and certifications included in their subscriptions! The opportunity to earn Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals certification is also included in the regional course Raiser’s Edge NXT: Bootcamp and Certification (listed under the Regionals section of the curriculum datasheet).

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 your certification exam, you’ll receive a certificate and will be able to start promoting your Professional designation. 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 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 1, 2020 6:00 AM America/New_York

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The  curriculum datasheet link leads to a 404 error page (at least it did for me).
  • Posted Wed 22 Jan 2020 02:57 PM EST
Thanks for the heads up, Cheryl Segear‍! It should be working now :)
  • Posted Wed 22 Jan 2020 03:04 PM EST
The curriculum datasheet link says 404 error page
  • Posted Wed 22 Jan 2020 03:19 PM EST
Hey Rylee Trapp‍- I just tested in Chrome and Firefox and it worked for me. Could you refresh the page and try again?
  • Posted Wed 22 Jan 2020 03:31 PM EST
I'm getting a 404 error page for the curriculum datasheet as well.
  • Posted Wed 22 Jan 2020 04:16 PM EST
Hey Lorraine David‍! Can you try it again? I just replaced them all and tested with our Community manager.
  • Posted Wed 22 Jan 2020 04:46 PM EST
What is the overall additional cost for the certifications. 
  • Posted Thu 30 Jan 2020 03:08 PM EST
Hi Tavaris Taylor‍- the Fundamentals Certification should be free. The Pro Certification will have a cost, though your organization's Learn subscription may cover it, depending on the level of subscription.
  • Posted Thu 06 Feb 2020 07:51 AM EST
The RE Fundamentals Exam makes me anxious. What types of questions could I expect? True/False? Multiple choice? Practical scenarios?
  • Posted Fri 14 Feb 2020 03:52 PM EST
Hi Michelle Penner‍! It is mostly T/F and Multiple choise. No essays!
  • Posted Fri 14 Feb 2020 04:30 PM EST