Perhaps one of the biggest changes that was announced late last year was that the Google Partner Exams are moving to Google Academy for Ads and they will now be called assessments. This will now be the exclusive new home for AdWords learning courses, exams, and certifications. This does seem like a good choice since it will be easier to find more information and learn more about Google ads from one place.
What Happens to Your Current Exams You May Ask…
- All valid exams and certifications’ information will be transferred including: your name, each exam and certification that is currently valid, and their respective expiration dates.
- You will continue to take exams and earn certifications through the Academy for Ads website instead of the Partners site.
You still have a choice if you don’t want to transfer your information to Academy for Ads, you can opt-out on the “My profile” page in your Partners account (your choice can’t be changed after January). However if you choose to opt-out of transferring your exam and certification information, it won’t be available in Academy for Ads and it won’t be available on the Partners site after April 2018, meaning if you are affiliated with a company, the status of your company’s Google Partner badge and specialisations might be put at risk in certain situations like not meeting certain requirements to be considered a Google Partner.