Google’s Certification Program gives customers and
partners a way to demonstrate their technical skills
in a particular job-role and technology. Individuals
are assessed using a variety of rigorously developed
industry-standard methods to determine whether they
meet Google’s proficiency standards.
Google certifications give you benchmarks for your
professional development. They help you gauge your
skill set against your peers and demonstrate your
value to hiring managers.
The cost of certification exams varies. Please refer to the
individual exam pages for cost information.
Unless explicitly stated in the detailed exam descriptions,
all Google certifications are valid for 2 years from the
date certified. Candidates must recertify in order to
maintain their certification status.
If you don't pass an exam, you can take it again after 14
days. If you don't pass a second time, you must wait 60
days before you can take it a third time. If you don't
pass the third time, you must wait a year before taking it
again. Payment is required each time you take an exam.
Circumventing this retake policy by registering under a
different name or any other means is a violation of the exam
Terms and Conditions and will result in certification being
denied or revoked.
Our exams are not designed to be diagnostic. Rather, they
are designed to determine whether or not an individual
meets a passing standard. For this reason, we only provide
pass or fail information. Furthermore, because of the way
our tests are designed, numerical scores are not meaningful
for the examinee. Someone who gets 76% of the questions
correct is not 4% more skilled than someone who gets 72%.
The actual passing criteria are based on the judgement of
subject matter experts and statistical analysis and may
change when content changes. For this reason, we no longer
provide numerical scores.
The certification is what an individual candidate earns.
It is defined by a list of requirements that must be met.
Usually, an exam is included in this list of requirements.
We follow industry-accepted procedures to ensure our exams are valid
and accurate. Our exam development process includes the following steps:
Job Task Analysis
A Job Task Analysis (JTA) is a formal study that begins with
identifying job role representatives, technology experts, and
stakeholders. These experts are surveyed and interviewed in a
workshop to elicit information about what people do in a specific
job or role and what skills distinguish competence. These skills
are described in our exam guides that we publish on the web.
Our question writers are subject matter experts who are working
or have worked in the role being certified. Question writers are
trained in the testing standards and conventions that we apply to
All questions are reviewed to determine that they adhere to standards
and are technically accurate.
Beta and Final Exams
Once the questions have passed all reviews and approvals, they
are published in a beta exam.
The purpose of the beta exam is to gather performance statistics on
the exam questions to determine those that are most effective. We
review the question statistics and comments and remove questions
that do not meet our standards.
The passing score for each exam is confidential. It is determined by
a panel of internal and external subject matter experts, following an
industry-accepted standard setting process. The passing score is
applied equally to all examinees. It is re-evaluated when changes are
made to the exam content.
The delivery method for an exam depends on its format.
Please refer to the individual exam pages for exam format
and delivery information.
Exams vary in length. Please refer to the individual exam
pages for exam format and time limits.
Please refer to the individual exam pages for prerequisites.
Real-world, hands-on experience is the best preparation.
Our certification exams are designed to identify
individuals who demonstrate skills using Google
technology to perform critical job tasks. We list
these tasks in our exam guides. Please refer to the
individual exam pages to review the relevant exam
guide and learning resources that we believe can
help you build the foundation you need to get started.
No. Certification exams can be taken by anyone who is
Testing accommodations will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case
basis and may require supporting documentation. To request an
accommodation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If Google discovers that you're in breach of the Exam
Terms and Conditions which are presented to you during
your exam, your certification(s) will be revoked, you'll
be permanently barred from retaking the exam and any
other Google exams. Additionally, Google, in
its sole discretion, may choose to terminate any
applicable business relationship with you and take
necessary legal actions.
For some online exams that require third-party
proctoring by our certification partner, Kryterion,
a proctor will join you via a webcast and be able
to talk with you. They may ask to see your
identification to verify your identity for fraud
prevention purposes. All Exam Information collected
during this session is subject to the Google
You will receive a dynamic electronic badge so you can
share your certification status on your personal
professional networks with others, if you choose to do
so. Google certification logos can only be used by the
individual person who passes the exam. It cannot be used to
represent a company. Your use of the Google certification
logo is subject to
Google's then-current Brand Feature Guidelines
Acceptable forms of primary identification must be issued by
the Government and include your name, photograph, and
signature. Examples include:
- Government-issued Driver’s License
- U.S. Department of State Driver’s License
- National/State/Country Identification Card
- Passport cards
- Military ID
Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent
Acceptable forms of secondary identification must
include your name and signature. Examples include:
- U.S. Social Security Card
- Debit/(ATM) Card
- Credit Card
- School ID
- Forms of primary identification
- If you do not show up for your exam, your exam fee is forfeited and you will not receive a refund.
- If you cancel your exam less than 72 hours before your exam time, your exam fee is forfeited and you will not receive a refund.
- If you reschedule your exam within 72 hours of your exam time, you will be charged a rescheduling fee. This is because the test vendor will charge Google twice. The amount of the fee will vary for different exams, but is less than the full price of an exam.
At times, certain circumstances are beyond your control and can impact your ability to meet the terms of registration. Exceptional circumstances may be available for full or partial refund. If the test taker has extenuating circumstance, they may contact email@example.com. Valid supporting documentation is required. Requests are reviewed and full or partial refunds granted at Google's discretion.
What might be covered?
- A medical emergency for you or a family member.
- Natural disasters or severe weather incidents impacting the location of testing.
- Urgent travel restrictions or severe security advisories issued 72 hours before your scheduled exam, by an appropriate national or international authority (such as a government office or department).