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  • How do I register for the Level 1 / Level 2 exam(s)?

    Follow the steps in this document whether you’re using a voucher or paying with a credit card.

    Note - You should always start from the Teacher Center site, even if you already have a Kryterion account.

  • How do I prepare for the exam?

    There are different ways to prepare for the certification Level 1 and 2 exams including the Fundamentals and Advanced Training, which cover content you'll need to know. If you want to try your hand at a few questions, complete the Lesson Checks within the courses to test your knowledge.

  • What do I need to do to become a Google Certified Educator?

    In order to receive the Google Certified Educator status, you will need to pass the corresponding Level 1 or Level 2 exams. These exams test you on your ability to use Google for Education tools in a classroom setting.

    To register for an exam, follow the steps in this document whether you’re using a voucher or paying with a credit card.

  • How do you share your Educator Level 1 or Level 2 certification badge?

    Individuals who have achieved this certification may publicize their status with their personalized certificate and badge on their resume, portfolio, website, and more. Always label your status with the achieved level: Google Certified Educator Level 1 or Google Certified Educator Level 2. These certifications are valid for 36 months.

  • How were the exams developed?

    Google Workspace certification exams are developed following an internationally accepted development process to ensure validity, reliability, and relevance. The phases of exam development include:

    Objective Domain definition - The objectives for the exam are determined based on job-role feedback provided by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) inside and outside of Google.

    Blueprint - Each objective is weighted based on its importance to the overall job role.

    Item development - SMEs develop exam items based on the exam objectives and blueprint.

    Technical review - Each exam item is reviewed to ensure technical accuracy. Reviewers can include Google employees or employees of Partner organizations.

    Beta testing - Exam items are delivered to candidates under conditions similar to the final exam when it's published. This allows the performance of each item to be evaluated.

    Item selection and cut score setting - Based on statistics gathered during the beta testing, items can be kept for the live exam or rejected. Once the final items are determined, SMEs gather to set the passing score for the exam.

    Live - An independent test delivery provider delivers the exam worldwide, anywhere with an Internet connection and a distraction-free environment.

  • Are there specific browsers or other requirements for taking the exams?

    Yes, you must be using the latest version of Chrome in order to start the certification exams. Please update your browser if you are having difficulty starting the exam. You will also be required to use a webcam during the exam for the purposes of proctoring. Make sure that you have a working webcam before starting the exam.

  • What kind of webcam will I need for the educator exams?

    You don't need a special webcam for the Certified Educator exams. Your laptop or desktop webcam will work fine as long as you're in a well-lit location. No specific type of webcam is required.

    Before you start your exam you'll need to use your webcam to take a picture of yourself, as well as your photo I.D. During the exam, an automated proctoring system will use the webcam to track your progress in order to ensure a confidential testing environment.

  • Can I purchase Certified Educator exams or vouchers in bulk?

    Organizations can purchase vouchers directly from Kryterion via this link. The cost for each voucher is the same as the listed price for the exam.

    • $10 for Google Certified Educator Level 1
    • $25 for Google Certified Educator Level 2
    • $15 for Trainer Skills Assessment
  • When will I receive my exam results?

    All submitted exams are reviewed for accurate grading and security. You will receive exam results within 3 business days of completing your exam.

    Exam results are sent by gfe-certifications@google.com, so please check all email folders for this sender and, if possible, authorize direct emails from that address. If you do not receive results within 3 business days, please contact Certification Support at https://support.google.com/a/contact/certification.

  • Where can I find a copy of my certificate and badge?

    A link to your digital certificate and badge will be emailed to the address you used to register for the exam. If you did not receive a copy, please check your spam folder or visit the certification hosting platform to retrieve copies of your certifications.

    To download your badge, follow the steps here.

  • When can I take an exam again?

    If you don't pass an exam, you can take it again after 3 days. If you don't pass a second time, you must wait 7 days before you can take it a third time. If you don't pass the third time, you must wait 14 days before taking it a fourth time. If you don't pass the fourth time, you must wait 30 days before your account resets so that you can take it again. Payment is required each time you take an exam.

  • What is the recertification policy for the Level 1 and Level 2 certifications?

    You're required to pass the certification exams every 36 months. You will receive an email notification to recertify two months prior to the expiration date.

  • What accommodations are available on the EDU Level 1 and Level 2 exams?

    There are a variety of tools available within the Chrome browser that users have access to during the exam. Read more here. Extra time on the test is available to users who have a medical reason for that specific accommodation.

  • Can I request a Google Certified Educator certificate in a different language?

    No. Due to system limitations, certifications can only be issued in the original language with which the exam was completed.

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  • What will I need to do to achieve my certification?

    To become a Certified Trainer, you'll need to complete the six steps below:

    1. Certified Trainer Course. Completing our trainer course will provide instruction on 1) Creating and Delivering Inspiring and Effective Training Plans and 2) Helping Educators Use Transformative Google Technologies ~8 hours. This course will help you bolster the training, leadership, and interpersonal relationship skills that make you an effective trainer. Click here to access.
    2. Trainer Skills Assessment. Pass the Trainer Skills Assessment (~1 hour). This exam tests your understanding of the Trainer Course and familiarity with Google for Education. Click here to access.
    3. Google Certified Educator Level 1. Take the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam (~3 hours) to assess your ability to successfully integrate Google tools into their teaching practice to enhance teaching and learning. This exam will help you build your confidence as you work with educators and Google tools.
    4. Google Certified Educator Level 2. Take the Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam (~3 hours) to learn cutting-edge strategies for integrating a wider range of Google for Education tools and technologies in the classroom. For more information regarding the Level 1 and Level 2 exams.
    5. Film a Trainer Video. Distinguish yourself by submitting a 3-minute video introducing who you are as a trainer (~2 hours prep time). In the first minute, wow us by explaining why you wish to become a Trainer and what makes you unique and Googley! The final 2 minutes of the video should teach the audience how one feature of Google's productivity suite, Chromebooks, or Chrome can be innovatively applied in a classroom or school setting. Screencasts are preferred.
    6. Apply! Submit your membership application with the above materials (~1 hour). You will also be asked to answer a series of short questions. Your responses will give us an understanding of your training experience, including planning, implementing, evaluating, and building learning materials.
  • How much are the exams?

    The Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam is $10, the Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam is $25, and the Trainer Skills Assessment is $15.

  • Where can I get a copy of my certificate?

    Your certificate and badge will be emailed to the address you used to register to take your exam. If you did not receive a copy, please check your spam folder.

  • What are the application review dates?

    Applications for this program will open later this year.

  • What do I have to do to maintain being a Google for Education Certified Trainer?

    The Trainer recertification process (reporting 12 training events and completing a product update assessment) is NOT required to maintain your Trainer status at this time.

    While reporting your sessions are not required, we encourage you to log all of your training activity in the Activity Log. As a reminder, you do not need to submit an individual form for each training you've facilitated. To simplify the process, you can include all of your training activities in a single form submission and report on a regular cadence that works best for your schedule (ex: you can submit the form monthly, quarterly, weekly etc).

  • Do I need to complete the Fundamentals and Advanced Training courses as part of the Certified Trainer application?

    No. While it’s not mandatory, completing the Fundamentals and Advanced Training courses and trying sample questions helps build proficiency and prepares you to take the exams. If you want to try your hand at a few questions, complete the Lesson Checks within the courses to test your knowledge.

    Passing the Level 1 and Level 2 exams is a requirement for the Certified Trainer application.

  • Who can I contact if I'm having trouble logging into the test platform?

    Please fill out this form.

  • How long do I need to wait before retaking the exam if I fail one?

    If you don't pass an exam, you can take it again after 3 days. If you don't pass a second time, you must wait 7 days before you can take it a third time. If you don't pass the third time, you must wait 14 days before taking it a fourth time. If you don't pass the fourth time, you must wait 30 days before your account resets so that you can take it again. Payment is required each time you take an exam.

  • I'm not receiving email notifications or confirmation regarding my application.

    Please add grants@eresources.com to your trusted contacts list. All communication will come from this address. You can contact gfe-trainer-program@google.com if you are still not receiving updates.

  • Does my certificate need to be valid in order to apply to the program?

    Yes, you will need to apply with a valid GCE Level 1, GCE Level 2, and Trainer Skills Assessment certificates. We will also accept any valid Trainer Essentials certificates. As a reminder, the GCE L1, GCE L2, and Trainer Skills Assessment certificates expire 36 months after they have been earned.

  • What happens if my application is not accepted during this review cycle?

    You can apply again during any of the subsequent review cycles. There is no waiting period. Common reasons for applications not being accepted include:

    • Applicant's shared documents and videos are not viewable. Please make sure your materials are public on the web.
    • Applicant does not have enough previous training experience. We're looking for applicants who already have a diverse history of delivering Google training.
  • If I'm accepted to the program, what can I call myself?

    You should use the correct branding at all times: Google for Education Certified Trainer.

  • I have a Trainer Essentials certificate, will this be honored when applying into the program?

    The Trainer Essentials certificate can be used in place of the Trainer Skills Assessment certificate when applying into the program as long as it is still valid.

  • What is the recertification policy for the Google Certified Trainer program?

    Recertification will happen once a year when we collect the above information. Trainers will be temporarily 'deactivated' if they are unable to fulfill their activities. Detailed information on the recertification process will be sent out to all Trainers via email around October of each year since the specific requirements may differ from year to year.

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  • How do I apply to become an Innovator?

    Applications open periodically and will be announced on this page. The application will contain elements that allow you to demonstrate your creativity, innovation, experience, and leadership in the field of education.

  • What is an innovation project and is it required?

    All Certified Innovators will work closely with Google and each other to implement, manage, and document creative education projects. We encourage Innovators to collaborate on projects with other Innovators, and to choose projects that inspire and impact other educators and students.

  • What exams must I take before applying to become a Certified Innovator?

    You must pass the Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam before applying to become a Certified Innovator.

  • What are the dates and locations of the Google for Education Innovation Academies?

    There are currently no open applications for the Innovator Program. Future announcements about the program will be posted on this page.

  • How do I remain an active Innovator after my first year?

    Google for Education Certified Innovators remain active in one of three ways:

    (1) continue working on a high-impact Innovation Project of their choosing.

    (2) being influential advocates for using Google technologies to transform education.

    (3) leading Google programs to drive innovation and transformation in their schools or school systems.

  • How are applications judged?

    Applications are judged by fellow Google Certified Innovators. To get application planning support, sign up for updates here.

  • What are the costs involved to attend the Innovation Academy?

    The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program is a free of charge professional development opportunity. Accepted cohort members must fund their lodging and their way to and from the Google office for that cohort for the three-day event. Scholarship funding is available.

  • Can I get feedback on my application if it is not accepted?

    The #GoogleEI community is a great place to share your Challenge Video and application short question answers for feedback.

  • Why does Google limit the number of people in each cohort?

    We limit the number of Innovators in a cohort for two primary reasons:

    (1) to ensure a high quality experience and

    (2) to help build community. Limited space is also a consideration.

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  • What is a “coach” and who should get this certification?

    A coach is an educator who spends the majority of their time working 1:1 with teachers. Coaches help teachers address classroom challenges by adopting new instructional strategies. K-12 coaches who are looking for a structured, research-proven set of strategies to drive impactful coaching interactions and technology use should get this certification.

  • How is the Coach program different from the Trainer and Innovator programs?

    Coaches are experts in using our 5-step coaching model to work 1:1 with educators to drive impactful technology use in their schools. Trainers are experts in delivering strong 1:many professional development experiences to fellow educators and often focus on Google products and tools. Innovators are education influencers who lead innovative education projects that impact school communities.

  • How long does it take to get certified and how much does it cost?

    The Certified Coach program is designed to be completed over the course of the school year. The curriculum takes approx. 20 hours to complete and the coaching portfolio is designed to reflect many weeks of working 1:1 with teachers. We recommend that coaches invest time in putting together an application that demonstrates mastery of the curriculum and 5-step coaching model. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and you should receive notification on your application status within 4-6 weeks of your initial submission. There is no cost associated with taking the final assessment or applying for certification.

  • How do I maintain certification?

    To maintain their certification, Certified Coaches must log at least 100 hours of 1:1 coaching per school year in the EDU Activity App. [Certified Coaches will need to renew their Educator Level 1 and 2 Certifications every three years.]

  • Is this program available globally?

    The Certified Coach program is open to all K-12 educators globally and the course content is currently available in Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Portuguese, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), and Swedish. However, all applications must be submitted in English.