- Google Certifications for Education were updated in 2015. There are now Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Google Certified Educator Level 2 which provide an online course and requires a performance based exam (level 1 is $10, and level 2 is $25 which need to be updated annually).
- Google Certified Trainer has been updated in fall of 2016 and requires Google Educator L1 & L2 with an application demonstrating training experience.
- Google Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) requires a history of innovation and Educator Level 2 certification. Details can be found on Google's https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/certification site.
From a Google Newsletter 8/2015, ~ Interview with Becky Evans
"How does Level 1 differ from Level 2?
We designed the content in the training center and the certification exams around the SAMR model. It isn’t a perfect science, but the Level 1 exam assesses skills at the Fundamentals level. In SAMR terms, this would be substitution and augmentation. We assess the basic skills a teacher would need in order to use certain Google tools in the classroom - for example, creating a Doc and adding it to a folder in Drive. I think the biggest misconception is that the Level 1 exam is for beginners - it’s not! The goal of the training programs is to get as many educators using our tools regularly (and proficiently) in the classroom, so the Level 1 is exam is designed for someone who is familiar with our tools, but at a fundamental level.
On the other hand, the Level 2 exam mirrors the advanced content in the training center, which, in SAMR terms, is more about redefinition and modification. Questions in Level 2 might ask about personalized learning models or more advanced features of our tools. An educator with this certification will have a deep understanding of how Google tools can enhance their students’ learning."