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Financial Edge Fundamentals & Professional Certifications For 2018

A great part of my career has been spent at Blackbaud, working with Blackbaud nonprofit accounting software in many different versions (I remember DOS!). In the past, it’s been difficult for me to show how proficient I am in the Blackbaud software I’ve used, supported, and taught. Now, with Financial Edge Certification, I can clearly indicate my proficiency in the system—and recertify annually to ensure my knowledge remains at a consistently high level.

If YOU are ready to prove that you really know what you say you know, Blackbaud University offers certified learning opportunities that 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 2018 Certification is available now!

Fundamentals Certification 
Ready to take the first step in proving your Financial Edge product knowledge? Start the process to become Blackbaud Fundamentals certified in Financial Edge. The recommended path to achieve product-specific certification is to first attend the Fundamentals series of courses, and then take the Financial Edge Fundamentals Exam.  2378c50e119876fcc0871339c2c1271e-huge-fe

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 series is a prerequisite. Fundamentals certification is a great milestone for every Financial Edge user.

Certification Designation
·         Fundamentals: Financial Edge bCFE

Fundamentals Exam Recommended Courses
Financial Edge: FundamentalsOverview
Financial Edge: FundamentalsData Analysis

Professional Certification
Are you ready to take the next step? Blackbaud University provides a secondary level of certification for Financial Edge users. This Professional level of certification indicates a broader and deeper knowledge set. Eligibility for Professional certification requires Fundamentals certification and completion of required badges.
Badges serve as learning paths to guide students who want to build toward advanced expertise and Professional certification. Before attempting any badge exam, we suggest taking the associated recommended courses. 
Certification Badge Exams Recommended Courses
General Ledger Badge
Accounts Payable Badge

These area-specific badges allow students to customize their learning plan to fit their goals. The ambitious learner can complete all required badges and then attempt the Professional level exam. The student who passes with 80% or better can proudly claim their Professional Certification for the year of issuance.

Certification Designations

·      Fundamentals: Financial Edge bCFE
·      Professional: Financial Edge bCFE-Pro

Bonus: All recommended courses, exams, badges, and certifications are included in Blackbaud University’s Learn More® and Learn Everything® training subscriptions! The opportunity to earn Financial Edge Fundamentals certification (bCFE) is also included in the regional course Financial Edge: Fundamentals and Certification (1 day regional).

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

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!

Every certification identifies the year it was achieved. The year gives context for when the title was earned. We encourage students to periodically renew certification in order to reflect updates in the product platforms. You can use your certification as exemption from Financial 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), click on the course name in this blog post to view the course Abstract. 

Posted by Mary Aquino on Jun 22, 2018 3:32 PM America/New_York