Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals, Raiser’s Edge NXT Fundamentals, & Raiser’s Edge NXT Professional Certifications 6980

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


You know Blackbaud 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 Blackbaud 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 news—Blackbaud University 2024 Certification is available now!

Fundamentals Certification


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 steps to achieve product-specific certification is to complete the series of courses in the Fundamentals Learning Path, and then take the Blackbaud 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. Students who pass with an 80% score or better are Fundamentals certified. Fundamentals certification is a great milestone for every Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge user. To proceed to the exam, visit the Raiser’s Edge NXT Course Catalog page, and click GET CERTIFIED at the bottom of the page.

Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Fundamentals Exam recommended courses are listed under the Fundamentals Learning Path on BlackbaudU Campus.
Fundamentals: Overview and Work Center / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT
Fundamentals: Gift Management / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT
Fundamentals: Lists / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT

Fundamentals: Dashboards / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT

Raiser's Edge Fundamentals Exam recommended courses are listed under the Fundamentals Learning Path on BlackbaudU Campus.
Fundamentals: Constituent Records / Raiser’s Edge
Fundamentals: Gift Records / Raiser’s Edge
Fundamentals: Query / Raiser’s Edge
Fundamentals: Reporting and Extraction / Raiser’s Edge

Professional Certification


Are you ready to take the next step? Blackbaud University provides a secondary level of certification for Raiser’s Edge NXT 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
Professional Certification Learning Path on BlackbaudU Campus
Constituents Topic
  • Constituent Updates / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT
Gifts Topic
  • Gift Updates / Raiser’s Edge
  • Gift Batch and Automated Recurring Gifts / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT
Query Topic
  • Complex Query / Raiser’s Edge
Communications Topic
  • Gift Receipting and Statements / Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT
Export Topic
  • Advanced Exports / Raiser’s Edge
Reports Topic
  • Advanced Reporting - Constituents / Raiser’s Edge
  • Advanced Reporting - Gifts / Raiser's Edge

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!

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.

When you pass your certification exam, you’ll 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 Fundamentals and/or Professional certification status on your LinkedIn and Blackbaud Community profiles!

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.

No Course Requirement
We want you to pass your certification examination and become Blackbaud Certified®; 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.

News Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT® Blog 01/01/2021 7:50am EST

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I'm looking for a list of suggested training by position for NXT. I had one from about five years ago. Thanks

Mike Adams Mike Adams Apr '24

Hi James! Check out the Browse By Role section at the top of our curriculum page here: https://learn.blackbaud.com/pages/194/blackbaud-raisers-edge-nxt-and-raisers-edge

So as a recently certified professional under the new format, can we still use the bCRE-Pro designation? Thank you.

Mike Adams Mike Adams Jan '23

Hi @Ellen Smith, I am sorry to hear that! Please email TrainingHelp@blackbaud.com and they should be able to get it sorted out :)

I passed my professional certification last weekend, but I didn't get the email with the badge to add to profiles and email signatures. Who can I follow up with to get that resent?


I am really interested in in person new user training. I cannot seem to locate a class schedule. It appears I need to pay for the class before I can choose dates, is this correct?

Hello! Is it possible to receive a copy of my certification if I no longer have access to the blackboardU account the certification was received through?

Hi Amy, you can try emailing traininghelp@blackbaud.com!

If you don't pass on the first attempt, do you have to pay another $199 to retake it?

Mike Adams Mike Adams Mar '22

Hi Nicole! You can retry the Certification for no additional cost. If you run into any issues, please reach out to TrainingHelp@blackbaud.com

Is there a way to retrieve copies of my certifications? Or a history of them?

How do you know which courses you have taken?

How do you register for an exam?

Go to Blackbaud U Campus and look under the Fundamentals learning-the path for Fundamental Certification. You can register for the coursework to get ready for the exam or you can go ahead and take the exam. You must have the Fundamentals certification before you can go ahead and take and receive the Professional Certification. I am navigating around myself ?

Mike Adams Mike Adams Dec '21

Hi @Tallyn Owens ! You should be able to register for the 2022 exam even if you passed a previous one. If you have any issues, please reach out to traininghelp@blackbaud.com and they will be happy to assist!

Can anybody tell me how to get re-certified if I've been Fundamentals Certified in the past?

Raiser's Edge Fundamentals Exam recommended courses are listed under the Fundamentals Learning Path on BlackbaudU Campus. Sorry I was trying to copy and paste the direct link for you to get there?

Mike Adams Mike Adams Jan '21
Hey Candy Sangster‍! I see the top reasons to certify are 1) the pre-req courses could help you find out if you could do things differently to save a lot of time and effort, 2) the Fundamentals certification unlocks more advanced courseware, and 3) it's nice resume bling (we have a Jobs section of the Community too)
David Lee David Lee Jan '21
Thanks for this update, Mike.   Just bookmarked the page and look forward to review the topics mentioned.
I really want to become BB certified but is there a true value in doing this?
Is the Raiser's Edge Professional Certification (not the NXT one) no longer available? If there isn't one planned for 2021 could the 2020 one be made available?
Mike Adams Mike Adams Jan '21
Hi Elliot OSullivan! That is correct- there is no longer a Raiser's Edge Pro Certification. It has been replaced with the Raiser's Edge NXT Professional Certification to reflect the evolution of the product. The change is evolutionary rather than revolutionary though- the only web view course substitution is the web view advanced constituents course. The other recommended courses to prepare are the same as before, so if you got the RE Pro Cert, you would already be mostly prepared!