Cross posted from my other blog.
EEEK!! I’m not going to lie – I’m super pumped about this! After more than a year of working on this application, it’s officially official 🙂
During the fall of 2012, I completed the coursework, paid for and passed the 6 qualification exams (you have 90 days to complete the tests). On December 4th I was awarded Google Apps Qualified Individual status.
Since then, they have (supposedly) updated the tests to reflect the recent Google Apps updates. There are now only 5 tests that can be taken for $75 in English, Arabic or French.
After becoming a Qualified Individual, I had one year to complete the Certified Trainer application. I started working on the application in October/November. Since it is a Google Form (and therefore not savable), I kept all the answers to the questions in a Google Doc so that I could simply copy and paste when the time came. I made sure to share all my documents so that anyone with the link could view them.
The hardest parts for me were the two videos. Luckily I had used the COETAIL course 3 final project as a rough draft for my about me video. The most difficult thing was getting my videos cut down to the under 2-minute requirement…it goes by fast!
I recently discovered FormMule and have found it incredibly useful for disseminating information during my PD workshops.
There were a few hiccups in submitting my application. I started trying to submit by application on December 4th (the 1 year anniversary of my Qualified Individual status). However I kept getting an internal server 500 error. I was freaking out a little! Luckily I found the Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer forum. Becky notified me when the applications were back up (December 10) and assured me that I would not be penalized for submitting ‘late.’ Applications are currently not being accepted again for the first 8 weeks of 2014.
I can’t wait to explore the GACT community and see my name listed on the ‘Find a Trainer‘ site! Although I’m not super into badges, I have no problem displaying my new badge over there in my right sidebar 😉 And I’m proud to be officially considered ‘Googley’ (“Definition of “Googley” (according to Google) – Googley people are creative, passionate about their work, and ethical. They communicate openly; can thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment; and are willing to “roll up their sleeves” and get things done. They can be serious without wearing a suit and tie. Googley people can be worldwide experts and still encourage curiosity and questions without being condescending.”)!
5 thoughts on “I’m officially a Google Apps Certified Trainer!”
Great to hear, I am actually doing the application now, so I was really glad to see your post. Thanks for sharing
I’d be interested in hearing your feedback about the UK master’s program (I’m still considering the Ph.D. program). (I also remember that there was a forum topic that talked about this program a few months back on the COETAIL site.) My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Wendy! I’ll send you an email with more info…but I am absolutely LOVING the program! Check out my what I’ve been up to post on my other blog for some examples of the first semester of coursework.
That’s great, Lissa! Congratulations. I don’t know how you do it all (and so well ^_^)!
Thank you Julie! You’re too kind 😉