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The Google Qualified Developer Program

By  Feb 19, 2010

Topics: Other IT Certifications

Have you embraced cloud computing and development as a career specialization? Do you have experience and expertise with the Google application programming interfaces (APIs) such as Gadget ads, JavaScript Maps, KML, Geo 3D, or Ajax Search?? If so, then you may want to consider going after the Google Qualified Developer certification.

What is interesting to me is how well-rounded this certification program is. For instance, in order to earn the Google Qualified Developer credential, you must complete the following tasks:

  • Demonstrate your application(s) to Google
  • Participate in the Google developer community
  • Provide references that validate your proficiency with Google APIs
  • Pass the 50-question qualification exam

The scoring for this credential is what is particularly compelling. To become a Google Qualified Developer, you must earn at least 3000 out of a possible 5000 points. Points are awarded based upon your activities in the aforementioned four competency areas. For instance, you can earn up to 1000 points by demonstrating your application to Google successfully.

Once you become a Google Qualified Developer, you are required to attain additional continuing education points in order to retain your title.

The Google Qualified Developer program is offered for the following five developer areas:

  • Gadget Ads
  • JavaScript Maps API
  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML)
  • Geo 3D
  • Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) Search API

So your question at this point might be, “What tangible benefit is there for me in earning the Google Qualified Developer certification?” Well, besides (a) a great sense of well-deserved accomplishment; and (b) something to differentiate you from the teeming hordes of Web application developers, you also are listed in the Google Developer Directory. Here is Google’s description:

The Developer Directory provides a reference listing of developers whose solutions integrate and extend Google's communication, collaboration, search and enterprise products. Developers who have received Google qualification are identified by a badge in their listing and their qualifications noted.

As of this writing in February 2010, the Google Qualified Developer program is listed as ‘Beta’ and is therefore a work in progress. With respect to study materials, Google makes available study guides for each of the five concentration areas.