Chidi Okwudire IT Professional. ERP Enthusiast. NetSuite Certified (Administrator, SuiteCloud Developer II, and ERP Consultant). Celigo Certified (Level 4+). Passionate About Empowerment Through Knowledge Sharing. Always Eager to Learn.

Certification Insight #6: Which NetSuite Certifications are right for me?

2 min read

Last updated on March 8, 2023.

A good swordsman is more important than a good sword.

Amit Kalantri

In my previous post in this series, I made it clear that I don’t think anyone should strive to get “certiFIVEd” because it’s a waste of resources and may even cause others to question your judgment and motivation. In other words, it might work against you. “If I don’t need all certifications, which ones make the most sense for me?” Good question! Let’s talk about that.

Here’s the answer, in one relatively simple Venn diagram:

NetSuite Certifications

Call it a “NetSuite Certification Chooser” or whatever you like. The purpose of this diagram is to help you easily determine which certifications make sense for the NetSuite career path you’ve chosen.

SuiteFoundation is really the foundation

Regardless of which NetSuite career path you’ve chosen, or whether you’re still in the process of determining that, I highly recommend getting the SuiteFoundation certification first. It’s arguably the most difficult of them because it covers a broad range of subjects. And that’s the point. Preparing for this certification, if done right, will expose you to NetSuite at a broad level, and that’s very meaningful. If you have just one chance, go for SuiteFoundation.

By the way, over 97% of our survey respondents so far who are certified, hold the SuiteFoundation certification.

survey results - netsuite certifications currently held

Also, over 70% of those not yet certified are planning to get the SuiteFoundation certification first.

survey results - first certification planned

Building on your foundation

For developers, the SuiteScript Developer certification track, which comprises two certifications – Application Developer and Web Services Developer – is the next logical step. Depending on your goals and strategy you might opt to get one or both certifications in this track. If you want to go further, the Administrator certification might be interesting though I don’t find it necessary.

If you’re a consultant, the ERP Consultant certification is clearly for you. Technical consultants who are particularly code-oriented might consider getting the Application Developer certification while functional consultants might find the Administrator certification useful. Again, these are optional.

If you’re a NetSuite administrator, you know where to go next: After SuiteFoundation, the Administrator certification is for you. You might be satisfied with this or realize that you’re interested in exploring NetSuite further either as a developer or as a consultant. The choice ultimately depends on your interests, exposure, and ambition. In my opinion, there’s no point in getting the SuiteScript Developer certifications or ERP Consultant certification unless you’re actively pivoting your career in one of these directions.

Finally, there’s the center region of the Venn diagram which is reserved for those who want to become NetSuite all-rounders. I call them “NetSuite generalists” or “NetSuite specialists”. Yes, these terms might appear contradictory but it just depends on how you see things. Looking from the inside out, they are NetSuite generalists because they want to be broad. Conversely, looking from the outside in, they are NetSuite specialists because they focus on NetSuite (not other ERP systems) and try to cover all aspects. The keyword here is “try” because NetSuite is so broad that it’s almost impossible to truly be an all-rounder and excel in all aspects. Nevertheless, it is possible and if your nature, experience, and orientation move you in this direction, it won’t be strange to have bagged all the NetSuite professional certifications at some point in your career.

Hopefully, this Venn diagram and discussion has provided you with some answers to the question: “What NetSuite certifications are right for me?” The rest of the series will focus on exam preparation tips and post-certification considerations.

The insights in this article represent the views of the author, who, by the way, holds multiple NetSuite certifications. However, the perpetual certification survey that’s been running since January 2021 reflects the collective thinking of the community on the subject matter.

Our hope is that the combination of both resources will provide you with a balanced view. Take the today! Once completed, you’ll unlock the anonymized aggregated survey results with nice charts and stats. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our NetSuite Insights newsletter and email notifications when we publish new insights.

Other Articles in the NetSuite Certification Series

Chidi Okwudire IT Professional. ERP Enthusiast. NetSuite Certified (Administrator, SuiteCloud Developer II, and ERP Consultant). Celigo Certified (Level 4+). Passionate About Empowerment Through Knowledge Sharing. Always Eager to Learn.

3 Replies to “Certification Insight #6: Which NetSuite Certifications are right for me?”

  1. Hello Chidi,
    I’m salesforce developer, I want to prepare for the SuiteFoundation certification and after that, to go for Application developer certification.

    I’m lost, could you please recommende me a free courses ?. Can I acces to the netSuite platform to practice ?

    Thank you in advance
    Best regards

  2. Do you think, in your opinion, it is a requirement or good idea to have an IT related degree or diploma before doing the Suitecloud Developer certification? Or is it enough to go through the course materials on the Learning Pass for the courses related to the SuiteScript; SuiteTalk; Suiteanalytics and Workflows?

    1. An IT diploma is definitely not necessary. However, working knowledge of JavaScript is very useful in becoming a successful NetSuite developer. The good news is that there are several free online courses.

Leave a Reply