This is a topic I have been searching on for months. Ever since the launch of the Google Partners program, there is literally no way to “prove” that you, as an individual, have passed the AdWords exams. If you work for a Partner Agency, your exams only add to a count, yet you cannot click that count and get the names of the individuals who have passed the exams.
For example, the count below is shown by the agency I work for and shows that there are 2 individuals who passed the ‘Search Advertising’ exam and 1 that passed the ‘Display Advertising’ exam. Since I am the one that passed the Display exam and one of the ones that passed the ‘Search’ exam, how do I prove it? Well, I can’t.
A method that other individuals are suggesting is providing a screenshot of your passed exams. This is great and all, except the fact that it is unprofessional and still doesn’t really prove anything. Case and point…
This screenshot is from my personal exam page, showing that I passed the exams. The only problem is that there is no name and no identifying information to prove that it is actually mine. Even if there were this “identifying information”, there is always PhotoShop. If someone posted an image without the watermarks, anyone can take that same screenshot and claim it as their “proof” of passing the exams. Again, doesn’t prove anything.
If you are a job-seeker in this space, this is a huge problem. Most employers desire or require these Google exams to be considered for employment. So currently, it seems like anyone can just go ahead and say they are AdWords Certified on their resume as there is also no way to prove that they are not. Without a database to search for a qualified individual, there is no way for a potential employer to verify these credentials prior to hiring them.
There is one way..
On the employer end, if the company is a Google Partner, there is only one way that I know of to secure this proof. It is a little (ok, almost extremely) “round-about”, but if you are at the point where you are making a hiring decision and you absolutely need proof, it will work. This will also work if you just hire them on blind faith pending verification of their exams.
Make sure your company has a Google Partners profile (certified or not).
Have the potential employee add an affiliation to your company on their Partners profile. (It is easy to find)
In your company Google Parters profile, click on the ‘People’ tab and add their certification partners profile email to your list.
Wait a couple of days (or a few) if it doesn’t appear instantly. If you decide not to hire them, just delete them.
If they are certified, your exam count should have gone up by 1, proving that they have passed the exams.
Another potentially “unprofessional” method is to have them login to their Google Partners profile during their interview (on a clean browser of course), have them show you the page where their exams were completed and verify the profile is theirs and have them logout. This may border on “unethical hiring practices” however.