Monday, February 7, 2011

Ins and Outs Of Google Certification

Notes from a TCEA 2011 Google Academy breakout session.

Jennifer Bergland

Apps for Education Certified Training Website

Google is looking for people who will conduct themselves professionally and who will represent Google well.

If you become a trainer, you must commit to providing trainings at least three times per quarter.

If you become a trainer, your name is listed on a Google website so others can contact you to provide training.

NOTE: You should take all of the certification tests before filling out the online application.

The application to become a certified trainer is very in depth. When applying to become a certified trainer, you will need to prove experience providing professional development. This will include an outline and details of a professional development experience you have facilitated.

Google also wants to see evidence of a web presence and use of Web 2.0 tools. Parts of your application will be submitted via Google docs.

You will need to submit a two minute training video showing a key concept in Google Apps.

TIP: Print the online application first so you can pull together everything you need to apply.

You will need to complete and pass 6 Tests.
  • Each test costs $15.
  • You have 90 minutes and must make an 80 on each test.
  • Must complete all tests within 90 days.
  • You may look up answers as you take the test...however don't count on that to substitue for studying.
Google Apps Education Training Center
  • Some of the training modules take several hours to complete. Jennifer suggests reading the modules then going and practicing what they talk about.
  • Jennifer used Diigo to highlight key sections of the modules, then went to Diigo and used the highlighted text as a study guide.
  • Study a module then take the test the same day if possible.
  • System administration questions will be included in the tests.
  • If you see a link in a module, you should click it and read up on it - it will probably be on the test.
  • You can take all of the tests and pass them before filling out the online application.
  • Passing score on a test is 80. Must wait 7 days before retaking the test. Retakes cost $15 just like the original test.
Keeping Your Certification
  • Teach required number of trainings each year (3 per quarter)
  • Retake a certification test each year