Achieving Google AdWords Certification

Sep 13, 2007 • 8:30 am | comments (16) by twitter | Filed Under Google AdWords

How many of you in the audience have taken the Google AdWords Professional exam? If not (or even if you want to offer some tips), a High Rankings Forums thread discusses the pros of getting certified.

Study Tips: It's no different than a regular exam. Study it as you would any test.

Achieving Pro Status can mean two things. You can be either a Google AdWords Qualified Individual or a Google AdWords Qualified Company. As Alan Perkins puts it, "Google works with my agency ... not specifically with me as an individual Google Advertising Professional. Our individual qualifications allow us to qualify as a company."

Benefits: The Google AdWords Learning Center has a lot of good information. Additionally, once you achieve your certification, you can use it in promotional materials for your company.

Forum discussion continues at High Rankings Forums.

This post was written on September 10th and was scheduled for publication on September 13th.

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Jordan McClements

09/14/2007 12:46 pm

How much does it cost and how many hours study are needed?

Rob Abdul

09/14/2007 02:51 pm

Answer to Part 1 of your Question: To become qualified on the Google Advertising Professionals programme, you will need to accomplish the following: 1. Sign up and not violate any Rules of Use. 2. Manage at least one AdWords account (yours or someone else's) in My Client Centre for 90 days. 3. Build and maintain at least £500 (your local currency equivalent) total spend for your or your team's My Client Centre account during the 90-day period. 4. Pass the Google Advertising Professional Exam. You can take the exam after you meet the above requirements. (However, you can take the exam at any time.) Answer to Part 2 of your Question: It really depends on how bright you are as an individual. My answer is yet another question: How long is the proverbial string?

Rob Dexter

02/16/2008 02:04 pm

I'm currently subscribed to the newsletter regarding the Google Certification at Some nifty tips in there that you might find useful.


04/05/2008 06:22 pm

How long does it really take after passing the exam to get the certified logo? The Adwords Pro Centre says 1 to 3 days but for me it has been longer.


11/21/2008 07:56 pm

what is the cost and criteria for the google Adword certifications?

Harvey Ramer

07/25/2009 12:01 am

I just passed the exam today after studying the complete learning center documents at and having managed accounts for well over a year. It wasn't easy, but not as hard as it could be. You need college level study habits. Take the quizzes.


10/22/2009 07:10 pm

I've passed it on monday. Truth being told i've studied enough but when you can do the quizzes and understand the basics you should be able to pass the examn. There are always some tricky questions

No Name

11/28/2009 12:28 pm

I have passed it some months back. MCQ's are really ambiguous. Sometime it looks like more than one answer is correct but you have to select only one.


06/02/2010 11:56 am

Have to agree with the last comment - more than one answer can be correct, so it's important to choose the best answer. Also, there are many questions designed to make you think.


02/05/2011 09:12 am

Tip: If you join the new Google AdWords Engage program for agencies you can apply for free vouchers for the exams. Also, once you complete the basic exams for Engage they give you AdWords advertising coupons.


06/23/2011 05:22 pm

 Hi Rob, Can I take the exam without managing an adwords account, or spending the money in #3 above?


08/20/2011 11:05 am

Can I take the exam without managing an adwords account, or spending the money. How much does it cost and how many hours study are needed?


08/20/2011 11:07 am

Can I take the exam without managing an adwords account, or spending the money. How much does it cost and how many hours study are needed?

A. H.

11/15/2011 05:03 pm

You have to spend the money (about $50 USD) and there are some sample tests you can take. Google practice exams...It is definitely worth the investment because your portfolio for PPC campaigns will grow rather quickly AND you'll know what you're doing! Good luck!

Dewaldt Huysamen

01/19/2012 09:03 am

I am taking all 3 advanced exams again soon and fundamentals one seeing mine expired recently, yay...

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04/08/2013 06:04 pm

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