How I became a Google Certified Trainer

I cannot tell a lie.  I am Google crazy.  I love Google products.  I love Gmail.  I live and die by my multiple Google calendars.  I am a total Google form junkie.  Google docs - don't even get me started!   So when I saw that ESC6 was offering a Google Certification Academy, I jumped at the opportunity!  I had heard of the Google Certified Educator program, but becoming a Google Certified Trainer sounded right up my alley!

So, I registered for the three-day academy and even got my colleagues, @anndebolt and @edtech2love to come with me.  :)  We spent three GRUELING days cramming for exams and taking them.  I was not prepared for the three 60-question, 90 minute times tests that were required for this!  Oh, and did I mention that the passing score is 80%?  Yeah.  Brutal.

Luckily, the gals of ESC6 gave us what we needed to pass the tests and achieve qualified status.  I HIGHLY recommend going through ESC6 if you're in that area because the trainers are hilarious (as well as knowledgeable!) and can help offset the stress of this process!

So here's how it works, in case you're interested...

  • There are 6 tests you must take and pass (Docs, Admin, Sites, Mail, Calendar, and Other Tools).  
  • Each test is $15 ($90 for all exams).
  • Each test has 60 questions, you only have 90 minutes to complete each one and you must make an 80% to pass.
  • If you do not pass the test the first time, you have to wait 7 days to retake it.
  • When you pass all tests, you receive "qualified" status.  You must complete an application and be accepted in order to become certified.

If you are crazy enough to do this on your own (and I know some who have done this!), here are some helpful links:

Also, my advice ... Have two computers set up for the test.  Make sure your testing computer is running Chrome.  Have another one set up to "Google" the answers.  Use the training site and the help site to look up questions you don't know the answers to.  Trust me.  There will be many.

My best advice ... Find a training center, like ES6, and study for/take the tests with them.  This is not something I would have wanted to do on my own!!!

Good luck and let me know if you're interested and need help getting started!!


  1. Why again did I do this on my own?? Why didn't you write this weeks ago. LOL

  2. Hi Jessica,My name is Ramón, I'm from Spain and I am a professional training teacher, I`m very interested in this certification , but I would like to ask you if in order to pass the exam is necessary having a google apps account or with having an individual account is enough.
    I'd like to let you know that I really find this blog as well as your tweets very useful.
    Thanks a lot and sorry for my english (I tried to do my best...)


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