Xero Certification

Upskill and Learn how to use Xero, Fast!

What is Xero?

Xero is a software company that has developed a cloud-based accounting program for small and medium-sized businesses.

Xero’s products are based on the Software as a Service (SaaS) model and sold by subscription. There are a range of subscription options available that you can view here – Xero Pricing Plans


Xero was founded by Rod Drury as an alternative to traditional desktop accounting software which he felt had become outdated. Xero was officially formed in 2006 in Wellington, New Zealand where the global headquarters are still located. The company entered the Australian market in 2011, and both the United Kingdom and United States in 2012. Today, it has over 1 million subscribers.Unlike traditional desktop software (think Microsoft Excel) where all your data is stored locally (on the computer you use the software on) with cloud software, your data lives online, so it’s always accessible from anywhere at any time if you have an internet connection.


Xero has created a short easy to understand guide to understanding cloud accounting.  So if you are a little unsure about what this really means then please have a look at the Xero site now and read through the information – Xero’s Guide to understanding Cloud Accounting.

Key Features of Xero

The key features of Xero include:


  • Automatic bank and credit card account feeds
  • Accounts payable
  • Invoicing
  • Expense claims
  • Inventory
  • Fixed asset maintenance
  • Multiple tax rates and currencies
  • Payroll (in some countries)
  • Purchase orders
  • Standard business and management reporting
  • Quoting

Xero can automatically import bank and credit card statement feeds which makes it incredibly easy to reconcile your transactions seeing as both sides of the story are presented in the one system.


All financial data is stored in the cloud in a single ledger, allowing users to work on the same live data regardless of location or operating system.  This is a unique feature that many of the other accounting programs are yet to effectively offer. Xero also offers a free API that enables customers and 3rd-party software vendors to integrate external applications with Xero.  There are hundreds of 3rd-party software vendors that have built Xero add-ons

For a brief overview of what Xero is and what it has to offer please watch this short video:

Why Study Xero?

Xero courses can advance your career in accounting and bookkeeping as well as give you valuable skills. Business owners who want a better understanding of how Xero can assist them in the day to day operation of their business will also benefit. Xero training courses will take you from a beginner to an advanced practitioner. Adding a Xero Qualification to your CV will help you stand out from the cloud.

Xero Training Courses in the UK

Xero Training can only be delivered by Xero Lifelong Learning Partners, who are authorised to deliver training in Xero itself. The Career Academy has been working with Xero since the beginning and has worked very closely with Xero in the roll out of Xero Learn Lifelong Learning Program both in New Zealand, and Internationally.


Xero’s role is to support and inspire business vitality and success – and together The Career Academy and Xero are wanting to further support you, and we welcome you to the Xero community once you graduate to continue your journey of success in your business or career.The Career Academy team are pictured below at the launch of the Xero Lifelong Learning Program:

Xero Qualifications in the UK

The Career Academy team is highly qualified in both accounting and small business practices. In conjunction with Xero, our team of managers and developers have established the following employer recognised qualifications.

Diploma in Xero

There are four accredited qualifications which make up the Diploma in Xero: Certificate in Xero, Certificate in Xero Payroll, Advanced Certificate in Xero and Xero Certification. Each qualification builds on the knowledge learned previously and will significantly increase your career prospects.

With Xero fast becoming the preferred accounting package in both small and large businesses, this qualification will set you apart from the crowd. All courses are designed so you can learn at your own pace, but ideally you should complete one module per week. Our experienced tutors will provide unlimited support via phone and email.

40 hours study
6 months course access
15 CPD hours

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Certificate in Xero Accounting

This intermediate course will set you up with a strong understanding and practical knowledge of Xero and its main functions. You will work through eight modules including bank reconciliation, processing sales and invoices, entering purchases and bills, CRM management and understanding the chart of accounts. Complete quizzes and exercises throughout the modules, and a practical assessment to complete the certificate.

15 hours study
6 months course access
15 CPD hours

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Advanced Certificate in Xero

Gain an advanced understanding of Xero functions, including getting the exact report you need, setting up templates, fixed asset maintenance and budgeting. The eight modules have quizzes and exercises to complete, followed by a practical assessment.

15 hours study
6 months course access
15 CPD hours

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Certificate in Xero Payroll

Gain an intermediate level of knowledge of Xero Payroll. You’ll save time by learning to set up Xero Payroll and connect your payroll to your accounting system. Manage payroll functions such as leave and payments to the government with ease. You’ll complete quizzes and exercises throughout the eight modules, and a practical assessment to complete the certificate.

10 hours study
6 months course access
10 CPD hours

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Xero Certification

Xero Certification is awarded by Xero itself and comprises an online test which students must complete and pass to gain Certification. The Xero Graduate Bookkeeping Program, an initiative developed by Xero and The Career Academy enables you to become Xero Certified

Compare your Xero Training Options:

Certificate in Xero Certificate in Xero Payroll Advanced Certificate in Xero Diploma in Xero*
Study time with The Career Academy 10 Hours 10 Hours 12 Hours 40 Hours
Online learning options Yes Yes Yes Yes
Self-paced study Yes Yes Yes Yes
Student support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Education level Certificate Certificate Advanced Certificate Diploma
Prior Xero experience No No Recommend Certificate completed No
Approximate fees with The Career Academy £249 £249 £399 £499

*Upon successful completion, receive Xero’s official advisor certification in addition to your course qualification

Why Get Xero Certified?

Becoming Xero certified provides you with specialised knowledge and a good understanding of how to use Xero. Being Xero Certified will enable you to stand out from the crowd in a variety of ways. Learn how to effectively set up Xero, process and run Xero reports and address issues and save time when working on business accounts.

Why learn Xero with The Career Academy UK?

The Career Academy is a trusted Xero Learn Partner and has been working closely with Xero for over ten years. All the tutors are The Career Academy are Xero Certified and experts in their field. You can have the assurance that you are learning from the best.

The Career Academy have developed the course material in conjunction with Xero, meaning that students can rest assured that they are getting a quality education that is specifically tailored to their needs.

The courses are fully supported and provide self-paced learning using Xero platform itself. Students get FREE six month access to the Xero platform

Get Xero Certified Fast

To gain Xero Certification, you will need to complete the Diploma in Xero, which takes approximately 40 hours. Once you pass the course assessments, you will awarded your Xero qualification and Xero Certification.

Xero Essentials To Advanced Certificate Courses

After you have completed the Diploma in Xero, you will be able to:


  • Set up a new Xero file
  • Import conversion balances from QuickBooks or SAGE
  • Prepare invoices and credit notes
  • Run reports and prepare VAT returns
  • Complete bank reconciliations in Xero
  • Review aged receivables and payables in Xero
  • Use the budgeting feature in Xero
  • Set up and run Xero payroll
  • Manage contacts with Xero
  • Understand Xero Sales, Invoices, Quotes & Inventory

Whether you want to understand the basics of Xero or become a Xero expert, The Career Academy offers you a wide array of Xero related courses, covering Xero essentials to advanced Xero features, depending on your ability and specific needs.


How fast can students expect to complete the course?


You can complete the course in only 40 hours.

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