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Compendium of Google For Education Certifications

This post will cover the different certifications that Google for Education provides, including some resources for free training.

The certifications that will be covered are:

To learn about alternative training to the Educator Level 1 & 2, check the post Google Cert Educator with Applied Digital Skills.


Digital Citizen and Safety.

Training. 

  • Time: 2.2 hrs.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Required.
  • Link.

Exam.

  • Time, Cost & Link: Included.

Certification.

  • Training + Exam.

About.

This course is designed for [educators and] students to learn how they can help create a safe and positive experience online. By reading, watching videos, and doing activities, [educators will] learn how to integrate Digital Citizenship and Safety activities into [the] classroom curriculum.

Although it is not required to be certified to teach Digital Citizenship, it is an excellent opportunity to receive the certificate. Google has also provided significant resources to teach digital citizenship called Be Internet Awesome with Curriculum for Educators and Presentations to go along with the curriculum.


Distance Learning for Educators.

Training.

  • Time: 2.5 hrs.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Required.
  • Link.

Exam.

  • Time: 10 min.
  • Cost & Link: Included.

Certification.

  • Training + Exam.

About.

Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals enables educators to support learners at any distance, even with learners using a second language or with intermittent internet.

This credential is an excellent certificate that any teacher, especially those who teach virtually, should have.


Certified Educator Level 1.

Training.

  • Time: 15.1 hrs.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Not Required.
  • Link.

Exam.

  • Time: Limit of 3 hrs.
  • Cost: $10.
  • Expiration: 3 yrs.
  • Link.

Certification.

  • Exam based.

About.

For educators who are new to Google tools, this course focuses on rethinking and retooling with Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals to maximize teaching impact.

This certification is excellent for those educators who want to start on their certified journey.

More info.


Certified Educator Level 2.

Training.

  • Time: 15.1 hrs.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Not Required.
  • Link.

Exam.

  • Time: Limit of 3 hrs.
  • Cost: $25.
  • Expiration: 3 yrs.
  • Link.

Certification.

  • Exam based.

About.

Moving beyond fundamentals, this advanced course teaches cutting-edge strategies for integrating Google in your classroom.

This credential is the required certification before continuing on the Coach, Trainer, or Innovator programs.

More info.


Certified Coach.

Training.

  • Time: 9 hrs.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Link.

Exam.

  • Time: 45 min.
  • Cost & Link: Included.
  • NOTE: Exam does not certify.

Certification.

  • Based on Acceptance.
  • Exam Required.
  • Level 1 & 2 Required.
  • Recertification: Once per year.

About.

This tailored curriculum provides instructional coaches with tools and strategies that support their 1:1 interactions with educators.

This credential is one of the three prestigious certifications from Google for Education.

More info.


Certified Trainer.

Training.

  • Time: 20.3 hrs.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Link.

Exam.

  • Time: Limit of 1 hrs.
  • Cost: $15.
  • Link.
  • NOTE: Exam does not certify.

Certification.

  • Based on Acceptance.
  • Exam Required.
  • Level 1 & 2 Required.
  • Recertification: Once per year.

About.

Improve [educator] skills as a trainer as [they] learn to create and deliver inspiring training sessions on Google tools.

This credential is one of the three prestigious certifications from Google for Education.

More info.


Certified Innovator.

Training.

  • Time.
    • In-person: 3 days.
    • Virtual: 8 weeks.
  • Cost: Free.
    • However, the in-person academy may have costs related to travel.
  • Requires acceptance to the Academy.

Exam.

  • Time: Limit of 1 year.
  • Cost: N/A.
    • No exam. The academy is project-based. The cost depends on the individual’s project.

Certification.

  • Based on Academy Completion.

About.

The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program recognizes and supports top educators who are excited to grow professionally, advocate for impactful technology, and innovate to improve classrooms, schools and local communities.

This credential is one of the three prestigious certifications from Google for Education.

More info.


Applied Digital Skills Ambassador.

Training.

  • Time: 1 hr.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Required.

Exam.

  • None.

Certification.

  • Training based.

About.

For educators who are passionate about closing the digital divide with Applied Digital Skills.

This certification is difficult to come by. It is best to follow Sue Tranchina on Twitter to find out about the next training:

What other certifications from Google for Education are available?

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