Earning The Certification
To earn the Google Apps Certified Trainer certification, applicants have to complete a number of steps including submitting an application to Google. If you are a successful applicant, you will be able to use the Google brand on your resume. In addition, you will have access to Google's training materials, and have an enhanced profile in the Google Apps Marketplace.
Phase I: Achieve "Qualified Individual" Status
In order to earn the "qualified individual" designation from Google, you will have to complete the online Google Apps for Education examination. Google provides six online training modules to help students prepare for the test. These modules cover: Google Apps Education Edition, Apps Mail, Google Calendar, Docs, Sites and Other Tools. The "Other Tools" section covers several applications including video, contact manager, and Google Groups. Since Google's online training modules are provided free of charge, it makes sense to take advantage of these features.
Phase ii: Submit "Certified Trainer" application
After you complete the "Qualified Individual" requirement, you're ready to begin the process of obtaining the full certification. Unlike some other certifications, it requires a portfolio, a written project and several other elements. To get the greatest benefit from pursuing this certification, think of ways you can create a portfolio during your own work. If you have difficulties finding opportunities to develop your skills, consult with your supervisor or boss about your desire to learn new skills. Here are some of the requirements of the certified trainer application:
- Two minute video showing your expertise in technology instruction
- Submit example learning materials that demonstrate your instructional activities
- Provide references from clients and/or schools relating to your Google Apps instruction
- Documentation concerning your experience teaching Google Apps in educational contexts
- Make a commitment to Google Apps related professional development on an ongoing basis
In addition to these requirements, candidates must submit a full application to Google for their evaluation. At the time of this writing, Google's time line to evaluate applications is approximately four to six weeks. If you are not actually based in an educational certification, ask Google if your corporate training experience will be accepted. If you are turned down, you will still be able to earn "Qualified Individual" status and make use of that knowledge.