Certification

Certification Policies and FAQs

Find your answers below to common questions on Google for Education certifications.

General Questions

What is the difference between the certification programs?
What do I need to do to become certified?
Why do I have to agree to an NDA?
What are the other legal terms I need to agree to before taking the exam?
What happens if I violate my program's NDA?
Why do I need to recertify?
What happens if I don't recertify?
How can I use my badge or certificate?
What happens if I violate a policy?

Google Certified Educator - Levels 1 and 2

What do I need to do to become a Google Certified Educator?
The exam registration process is a bit confusing. Can you walk me through it?
Are there specific browser or other requirements for taking the exams?
What kind of webcam will I need for the educator exams?
Is there a specific time limit for taking the exam?
For how long are the certifications valid?
How much do I have to pay for the exams?
Where can I find a copy of my certificate?
When can I take an exam again?
How were the exams developed?
What is the recertification policy for this certification?

Google for Education Certified Trainer

What will I need to do to achieve my certification?
How much are the exams?
Where can I get a copy of my certificate?
Who can I contact if I'm having trouble logging into the test program?
How long do I need to wait before retaking the exam if I fail one?
I'm not receiving email notifications or confirmations regarding my application.
What are the application review dates for 2017?
Does my certificate need to be valid in order to apply to the program?
What happens if my application is not accepted during this review cycle?
If I'm accepted to the program, what can I call myself?
I have a Trainer Essentials certificate, will this be honored when applying into the program?
I started taking the exams before the program was updated. Will these exams count towards the new certification?
What do I have to do to maintain being a Google for Education Certified Trainer?
What is the recertification policy for the trainer program?
More questions?

Google for Education Certified Innovator

Why did you change the name from Google Certified Teacher to Google for Education Certified Innovator?
What exams must I take before applying to become a Certified Innovator?
How do I apply to become an Innovator?
What are the dates and locations of the Google for Education Innovation Academies?
What is an innovation project and is it required?
What is the recertification policy?

Exam Privacy and Policies

Following is the Exam Privacy and Policies agreement that is presented to the examinee during the registration process.

THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME IN GOOGLE'S SOLE DISCRETION. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THESE TERMS CAREFULLY AS YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THE MOST CURRENT VERSION OF THE AGREEMENT.

Instructions to examinee: Read the following terms carefully. If you accept the terms, please click the checkbox at the end of this agreement. If you do not accept the terms of this agreement, you will not be permitted to take the exam to certify you in the Google Certified Educator program, which certifies educators who demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to implement Google for Education tools in the classroom (the "Exam").

Privacy. As part of taking the Exam, Google will capture your personal information which includes, but is not limited to, your photograph, your digital keystroke patterns, and your personally identifying information (including, but not limited to, name, address, company, title). In addition, as part of the online proctoring of each Exam, Google or an agent of Google may be watching a live webcast of you at your session (and can communicate with you, tell you to stop taking cell phone calls, etc.). All information collected in connection with the Exam shall collectively be referred to as "Exam Information". The Google Privacy Policy describes how we treat personal information when you use Google's products and services, including the Exam Information. In addition, the following describes our privacy practices that are specific to the Exam.

All Exam Information you submit to Google is collected by Google or its authorized agents in the United States, as well as the jurisdiction where you take the Exam. Exam Information may be shared with our affiliates, subsidiaries or joint ventures in other jurisdictions for Exam purposes. This Policy is governed by United States law.

For individuals located in the European Union, by submitting your Exam Information you are agreeing to the transfer of that information outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area ("EEA") to countries where privacy standards may differ. Google adheres to the US Safe Harbor privacy principles with respect to Exam Information collected by entities located in the EEA and transferred to Google in the United States. For more information about the Safe Harbor framework or our registration, see the U.S. Department of Commerce website at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.

How will Exam Information be used?

The Exam Information you submit is used for the following purposes:

  • Registering test takers to take exams
  • Providing successful test takers with printable copies of their certifications
  • Track the number of certified professionals employed by partners
  • Tracking an individual's certification renewals and additional certifications over time
  • Ensuring the security of the Exam process

Your Choices

Submitting your Exam Information is voluntary. However, if you choose not to submit your Exam Information, you will not be permitted to take the Exam.

Who may access your data?

Google employees, affiliated companies or entities acting on behalf of Google process Exam Information for the purposes listed above. Google takes appropriate technical, organizational, and legal steps to protect Exam Information. Affiliate companies or entities acting on behalf of Google with whom we share your Exam Information will be bound by terms of confidentiality.

Does Google keep your data?

Exam Information is retained in accordance with local law. We may also retain Exam Information to:

  • Dispute resolutions around test taking and passing
  • Do demographic and similar non-personally identifiable analyses regarding the test taker populations, pass rates, and other behaviors
  • Track the number of certified educators employed by schools and districts
  • Track the certified individual's certification renewals and additional certifications over time

Contacting Us

For more information about our privacy practices, please contact us through this website any time, or write to us at:

Privacy Matters
c/o Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California, 94043
USA

Exam Anomalies. If Google discovers an anomaly with your Exam results, you will: (1) not be certified for the Exam (2) be permanently barred from re-taking the Exam, or taking any other G Suite exam; and (3) Google, in its sole discretion, may choose to terminate any applicable business relationship.

Failing and Re-taking the Exam. If you fail the Exam, you may re-take the Exam, but you must wait at least fourteen days before doing so. If you fail the Exam a second time, you may re-take the Exam, but must wait at least sixty days before doing so. If you fail the Exam a third time, you may re-take the Exam, but must wait at least one year before doing so.

Exam Fraud. Our Exam system monitors all completed Exams for instances of fraud, cheating, and/or the misrepresentation of personal identity. The Google for Education Team reserves the right to terminate any and all certifications or badges associated with a user who violates our exam policies, including the exam retake rules listed above.

Cheating is unfair to candidates who have put in the hard work and play by the rules, so if you see it or hear about it, report it. Contact the GFE Testing Violations Team by email at gfe-certification-violation@google.com.

Staying Current. You are required to re-take the Exam every 36 months. The Exam may be retaken thirty days prior to your 36 month renewal date, or up to sixty days after your 36 month renewal date.

Use of Certification Logo. Your use of the Google certification logo is only for the personal use of the individual person who passed the Exam, and cannot be used to represent that a company or school is certified. That is, a company or school may not represent itself as certified-only those individual persons who have passed the Exam may represent themselves as certified. Additionally, the certification logo and its associated badge may not be replicated or reproduced without express consent from Google. Your use of the Google certification logo is subject to Google's then-current Brand Feature Guidelines, which are located at the following URL: http://www.google.com/permissions/guidelines.html.

Policies. The Google policies are located at edutraining.withgoogle.com, or other such URL as Google may provide. These policies are incorporated by this reference, and may change from time to time. Please see edutraining.withgoogle.com/certification for the latest program policies. If Google suspects that you are in violation of any of the policies, Google, in its sole discretion, may revoke any of your G Suite certifications and you will be permanently barred from re-taking any G Suite exam.

Exam Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Following is the Non-Disclosure Agreement that is presented to the examinee during the Certification Exam:

Instructions to examinee: Read the following terms of this Agreement carefully. If you accept the terms, please click "I agree" at the end of this Agreement. If you do not accept the terms, please click "I do not agree" at the end of this Agreement. If you do not accept the terms of this Agreement, you will not be permitted to take the G Suite Certification Exam (the "Exam").

Agreement:

This Google Certification and Non-Disclosure Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into between the examinee ("You") and Google Inc. ("Google") as of the date you click "I agree" below (the "Effective Date").

  1. Confidential Information. The content of the Exam, including without limitation, questions, answers, or any communication, including oral communication, regarding or related to the Exam is Google's confidential information ("Confidential Information"). Any disclosure of Confidential Information is a violation of this Agreement and could compromise the integrity and security of the certification program, which certifies educators who have demonstrated the fundamental and advanced skills of implementing Google for Education tools in the classroom. Google makes exams available to You solely for the purpose of demonstrating competency in the content area referenced by the title of this exam. You are expressly prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing, copying, selling, posting, downloading or transmitting any Confidential Information, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, oral or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose.
  2. Certification Revocation. If you violate this Agreement or engage in any misconduct, you may be prohibited from taking the Exam and/or any other G Suite Exam; you may be decertified from the Google Certification Program; and/or Google, in its sole discretion, may terminate any applicable business relationship with you.
  3. Examples of misconduct and/or misuse of the Exam include but are not limited to:
    • Fraudulently impersonating another while taking the Exam
    • Providing or accepting improper assistance
    • Disseminating actual Exam content by any means including, but not limited to, web postings, formal or informal test preparation or discussion groups, reconstruction through memorization or any other method
    • Possession of non-authorized items during the Exam
    • Using unauthorized materials (including brain-dump material and/or unauthorized publication of Exam questions with or without answers) to prepare for the Exam
    • Making notes of any kind during the Exam
    • Removing or attempting to remove Exam material (in any format)
    • Intentionally causing a disturbance of any kind during the Exam
    • Modifying and/or altering the results and/or score report for this Exam or any other Exam record