Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series by Liz Scott designed to provide training insights that will help you understand the various features and capabilities of QuickBooks Online Payroll. For more insights, join Liz for “QB Talks” on Wednesday, March 16, as she discusses the latest developments in QBO Payroll”

New QuickBooks Online Payroll Training

QuickBooks has been hard at work updating the QuickBooks Online Payroll training to understand both the QuickBooks Online Payroll product and how to be a Payroll Specialist. 

While the QuickBooks Online product training focuses on the product lineup Core, Premium, and Elite subscriptions, the Specialist Training dives into best practices for staying compliant while processing payroll. Both the QuickBooks Online Payroll training and the Payroll Specialist fundamentals training are free to QuickBooks Online ProAdvisors.

QuickBooks Online Payroll Training

This training will help you understand the various features and capabilities of QuickBooks Online Payroll. By expanding your knowledge, you will be able to help your clients make informed decisions regarding payroll.

A few main focus points will be how to run payroll, create payroll-related reports, and carry out end-of-period activities. In addition, you will explore a range of advanced processes, such as termination policies or setting up deductions in this training.

Payroll Specialist Fundamentals Training

If you want to further your understanding of payroll and learn how to be a payroll processor, the Payroll Specialist Fundamentals training also is available to you.

This training will cover many topics such as:

  • How to manage employee records, time, and attendance
  • Deciding compensation and benefits packages
  • Distributing payment for employees
  • Payroll reporting and compliance


Before getting started with the QuickBooks Online Payroll training, take a look at the QuickBooks Payroll Certification Prep modules to understand QuickBooks Online Payroll and be primed for further payroll training and certification.

Certification Prep for QuickBooks Online Payroll

Taking the Payroll Certification Exam

If you have completed all payroll training, you are ready to take the Payroll Certification Exam.

The following list is the areas of focus in the exam: 

  • QuickBooks Online Payroll subscriptions and set up
  • Running payroll
  • Worker classifications
  • Reporting
  • Federal and state compliance
  • Employee documents
  • Employee wages and overtime calculations
  • Benefits
  • Voluntary and involuntary deductions
  • Reporting taxes and wages
  • Payroll accounting
  • Quarterly and year-end tasks
  • Troubleshooting

Who can benefit from being certified?

Whether you are just getting started in the accounting industry and want to assist your clients with basic payroll tasks or working with payroll for years and want to revamp your payroll expertise and understanding, this certification can help.

Journey to certification

As QuickBooks Payroll training expands, it is essential to consider where to start your payroll journey to certification. The following is a roadmap to use a guide for completing QuickBooks training and certifications.

Having certifications will instill trust in your expertise as you work with your clients, and there are many resources available to help you provide payroll guidance and will help you take your practice to the next level. Click here to learn more.

Join Liz for “QB Talks” on Wednesday, March 16, as she discusses the latest developments in QBO Payroll – Register Here

Liz Scott is a multi-business entrepreneur working to bring together technology and accountants through her business, Liz Scott Consulting. A member of Intuit Trainer/Writer Network, she authored and taught Master level courses, including Advisory Guides and Consulting Tools for Accountants. In addition to Liz Scott Consulting, she also owns Accounting Lifeline, a firm to serve small businesses with their financial needs. Liz is a co-host of the “Appy Hour,” which helps other accountants learn about the different tools and apps for small business needs. Holding a high passion for real estate investment, she owns properties throughout Oklahoma. 


March 8, 2022

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