So, you’re interested in getting Google Certified? Awesome!
This post will give you a detailed overview of all 5 Google Certifications so that you will know exactly what to expect on your certification exam.
There is a lot to consider, so I have carefully reviewed the Google Education Training center to develop this side-by-side comparison of all five certifications.
You can read all of the information here on this page or you can download this Google certification guide as a PDF and take it with you!
Let’s get started!
The level 1 certification was created for the classroom teacher (That’s you!).
Before you take your level 1 exam you should be comfortable using using G Suite for Education, Google Classroom, and Chromebooks.
You don’t have to be an expert, but you should be very comfortable with the basics.
The level 2 certification is a step up from the level 1 exam.
It requires a deeper knowledge and integration of the primary Google products as well as use of secondary products like Blogger, Google Books, and Google Maps.
Don’t take the level 2 exam until you have successfully completed the level 1 exam and spent some time using the secondary products listed below.
Certified Trainer program is not for teachers. It is for educators who support the use of technology in the classroom.
The trainer certification is one of the more difficult Google certifications.
If you are an instructional technologist, technology integrator, media specialists or TOSA, the Certified Trainer program might be a good fit for you.
Certified Trainers are responsible for supporting teachers who use Google products in the classroom by organizing professional development programs and opportunities.
To become a Google Certified Trainer you must hold a Level 1 and Level 2 certification and complete the certified trainer application.
All educators are welcome to apply however not all applicants are accepted into the program.
Prerequisites: Hold a valid Level 1 and Level 2 certificate.
Complete Trainer Skills Assessment
If you are accepted into the program you must complete these requirements every 12 months to maintain your certification:
Are you interested in trying to solve challenging problems? Then you might have what it takes to be a Certified Innovator
Innovators are invited to spend two days at Google exploring how technology can improve the world. Unlike the other certifications, the Innovator program is a competitive program. Many apply but only a few are chosen making this one of the more difficult Google certifications.
Each year Google will announce 2-4 innovator academies. Applications for the program open 2-3 months before the academy. Visit the innovator website or follow @GoogleEDU on Twitter to be notified when a new cohort is announced.
Prerequisites: Hold a valid Level 2 certificate (Level 1 is not required, but I recommend that you do it anyway).
If you are involved in configuring and managing your districts Google Admin Console you might want to consider taking the Certified Administrator exam.
This is the only Google certification that focuses on the Admin Console.
This certification is ideal for IT Directors and other individuals who support the infrastructure of G Suite for Education such as Certified Trainers who have access to the Google Admin Console.
This exam format is similar to the level 1 and 2 educator exams as it requires active use of the Google Admin console to complete a series of common administrative tasks.
Google has developed a comprehensive study course to help you prepare for the admin certification exam.
Note: as of March 2018 the administrator exam is currently being updated and is not available for purchase. The updated exam is expected to be available in the spring of 2018.
You now have a solid overview of the purpose and details for all five Google certifications.
In most cases, you will want to start with the level 1 certification and work your way up.
I know there is a lot here. You are welcome to download a PDF copy of this Google certification guide for easy access.
I have created a variety of resources, guides, courses, and on-site events designed to help you earn your Google Certification!
I would recommend signing up for my free Google Certification email course (below). That would be a great next step.
If you prefer something a little more interactive, RSVP for my next LIVE certification webinar!
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