NetSuite Certification: The Ultimate Guide to Become NetSuite Certified

There’s no better time to start the process of becoming NetSuite certified. NetSuite certifications are becoming widely popular among professionals who want to grow their skills and knowledge base. It is also a popular choice for clients who wish to optimise their product or service platform. As an end-user, employer, or NetSuite partner, there are many benefits of getting a NetSuite certification for your career.

The certification program for NetSuite was rolled out in 2013. Since then, over 4000 IT professionals have used the platform in many different ways. The certification program has evolved since its inception and now provides 7 different exam-based certifications you can earn. This includes accreditations for end-users as well as NetSuite service providers. 

Benefits of NetSuite Certifications

For the end-user, getting a NetSuite certification will improve your career prospect and open up new avenues. Today, many employers are on the lookout for employees who have experience operating and managing NetSuite, a leading cloud-based platform. Having the skills is essential, but holding a certification adds prestige and credibility to your claims. 

For the employer, when you have a NetSuite-certified employee on your team, it guarantees a higher return on investment. You have a guarantee of polished skills and a high knowledge bank. This will give the rest of your team more confidence and keep errors to a minimum.

For NetSuite partners like Koenig, certifications are prerequisites for the service and implementation staff. It helps maintain a competitive edge and remain updated on the changes to the platform. It also tells professionals and organisations that we take our role seriously. 

Choosing Your NetSuite Certification

There are several NetSuite Certification programs you can choose from. Let’s look at these in more detail.

1. SuiteFoundation Certification:

This certification is designed for candidates who can use NetSuite and understand its concepts and features. Having this certification is a prerequisite to any other NetSuite certification path. The NetSuite SuiteFoundation certification is made up of subjects such as:

  • User and enterprise preferences

  • Standard modules and features

  • Release process for NetSuite products

  • Standard types of records and their structure

  • Relationships of roles, users and permissions

  • Dashboards, searches and reports, with customisation options in the NetSuite interface. 

The SuiteFoundation certification exam has a duration of 80 minutes. It is made up of 66 matching and multiple-choice questions. An individual with 3-6 months of NetSuite administration experience or the like is well placed to apply for this certification.

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2. NetSuite Administrator Certification:

If you aim at writing the certification exam for the NetSuite Administrator course, you need to have a minimum of one year’s work experience in the management and configuration of a NetSuite implementation. Additionally, you should have the skills to perform daily operations while managing the application in line with the goals of your enterprise. A certified NetSuite Administrator is responsible for supporting users and understanding every business process, accounting practice and product feature. To earn this certification, you need to clear two examinations - the SuiteFoundation and Administrator exams. 

Several subjects and modules are covered in this exam, such as:

  • Setup and administrator

  • Suite builder

  • Data security

  • SuiteAnalytics

  • SuiteCloud Platform

  • Working with NetSuite

3. NetSuite ERP Consultant Certification:

This certification has greater prerequisites than the other two. You should have the equivalent of about two years of work experience in a role related to consultation, with either of the following:

  • You should have carried out 2-3 enterprise-level NetSuite ERP implementations

  • You should have carried out 5-10 medium-level NetSuite ERP implementations

A professional in this role is equipped to recommend ERP solutions that match business requirements, revise standard ERP workflows and decide how and when scripting tools should be used, among other things. This certification covers various modules, such as:

  • Data strategy

  • OneWorld 

  • Platform

  • Analytics

  • ERP

4. SuiteCloud Developer I Certification:

You need 1-2 years of experience working with SuiteCloud if you want to apply for the SuiteCloud Developer I certification. Additionally, candidates with 2-3 years of relevant experience in software development are also qualified for this certification. If you are applying, you need to have the skills to design, develop, test and deploy secure and reliable solutions that are compatible with NetSuite. You will also have an edge if you have good knowledge of JavaScript, SQL, REST and XML technologies.

The SuiteDeveloper I certification covers topics such as:

  • SuiteScript

  • SuiteTalk

  • SuiteAnalytics

  • SuiteBuilder

  • SuiteBundler

  • Design Fundamentals

Also Read: What is NetSuite? A Helpful Q&A Guide Overview

5. SuiteCloud Developer II Certification:

You need to clear both the SuiteCloud Developer II and SuiteFoundation certification exams if you wish to earn this certification. The topics covered in this certification course are:

  • SuiteFlow

  • SuiteScript

  • SuiteAnalytics

  • SuiteTalk

  • SuiteBundler

  • SuiteBuilder

  • Design Fundamentals

To qualify for this certification exam, you should have worked on multiple SuiteCloud technologies for about 1-2 years. You also need relevant experience in software development for 2-3 years. Professionals in this role are suited for suggesting implications and advantages of NetSuite development as well as platform options while offering reliable solutions.

6. SuiteCommerce Developer Certification:

There is only one exam between you and a SuiteCommerce Developer certification, which is the SuiteCommerce Developer certification exam. You need about 1-2 years of experience working with SuiteCommerce technologies to qualify for this certification exam. These technologies suggest ideas to help script, support workflows and integrate with external systems. You also need to have the skills for developing, extending and implementing NetSuite commerce apps and knowledge about SuiteScript. 

There are several domains covered in this exam. These are :

  • APIs and services

  • SuiteCloud

  • Account Setup and Configuration

  • SuiteCommerce Advanced apps

  • Design Fundamentals 

USER Certifications:

SuiteAnalytics User:

A qualified candidate for this certification has knowledge and skills related to NetSuite features, searches, reports and dashboards. Additionally, you also need to have a strong grasp of NetSuite data structures, financial reports and search functionalities. Candidates understand how these tools are used and formatted, how layouts are customised, and how dashboards are built to meet user requirements. 

The certification training course for this credential covers several different subjects and topics. This includes:

  • Advanced searches

  • Reports and Searches

  • Report Builders

There is a recommended list of experience and background knowledge that can increase your chances of getting certified. You need about 6 months of experience building searches and reports via the SuiteAnalytics platform in NetSuite. You should also have a good grasp of SuiteAnalytics: Reports and Searches as well as SuiteAnalytics: Advanced Searches. 

Financial User:

To qualify for this credential, you need to have a fundamental understanding of navigating the NetSuite system and its functionalities. You should also understand the features and standard modules of accounting and find information and resources related to specific products.

There are several subjects covered in this course. These are:

  • Billing schedules

  • Accounts receivable

  • Accounts payable

  • Subsidiaries, classifications, chart of accounts

  • Journal entries

  • Payment processing and banking

  • Budgeting

  • Financial Reports - KPI Period and year-end closing

  • Expense allocation

Now that you know the different certification paths you can choose from, let’s look at the steps you can take to get a NetSuite certification.

Steps and Process to Becoming NetSuite Certified:

Step 1 - Choose the course that best suits your career goals and skills

As we’ve discussed above, NetSuite offers several different certifications to choose from for various roles - administrators, consultants, developers and users. You can find all these certifications on the website for NetSuite certifications. 

We’ve seen all these courses above, of which five are designed for implementers and administrators. These are

  • NetSuite SuiteFoundation

  • NetSuite Administrator

  • NetSuite SuiteCloud Developer

  • NetSuite SuiteCommerce Developer

  • NetSuite ERP Consultant

Besides these five, there are also two certification courses newly available to benefit end-users:

  • SuiteAnalytics User

  • Financial User

Step 2 - Train, study, practice

Thanks to the internet, you have a host of study materials, guides and other resources available to you. Anyone can access these resources while preparing for their certification exams. NetSuite also puts out free resources directly, intending to help you prepare for the certification examination. There are also several study manuals and ‘how-to’ guides, and mock tests to help you prepare. 

While these resources are free, make sure you have a strategic plan for preparations and a mentor to guide you. Koenig provides you with proper guidance and expert mentorship as well as hands-on training to give you a well-rounded training experience. 

Step 3 - Documentation and recordings

Whenever you need help in any aspect of the exams, whether it’s about maintaining your certification or anything else, you can refer to the FAQ section of the NetSuite certification website. This will give you answers to some of the most frequent questions that other users have. If you need to dive even further, you can do a Google search to find more resources that show other users’ perspectives and views on the certification program. This will help you get and absorb more information that can help you learn better.

Step 4 - Register to test your skills:

This is the deciding point after you have crossed all the other stages. Be confident in everything you have learned so far and register to give the exam. You can take the exam online, managed and invigilated by Kryterion. Alternatively, you can also take the event offline. This will mean going to a predetermined centre to write out the exam. The important thing to remember is that it’s just a test. There is no need to put too much pressure on yourself, as that could be counterproductive.

Once you have given the exam, the results are given immediately. You don’t have to wait around for days, anxious about the results. Except for the SuiteAnalytics and Financial User certifications, you need to clear an annual test of aptitude validation to stay updated on the domain. 

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Armin Vans
Avni Singh has a PhD in Machine Learning and is an Artificial Intelligence developer, researcher, practitioner, and educator as well as an Open Source Software developer, with over 7 years in the industry.



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