Stephen Cho, the Director of Google Apps Channels, recently posted on Google’s official blog the launching of Google Apps Certification Program. The Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist certificate is the first certificate available through this program.

The program is designed for IT specialists skilled in selling, deploying, and supporting Google apps. This Google certification program is the first available world-wide by Google.

According to Cho, this type of program will help the growing number of businesses around the world that incorporate Google services into their business plans.

The Google Apps Certification Program will allow Google partners to not only demonstrate their expertise but also prove their competence in an extremely competitive industry. IT professionals with access to the Internet and a browser can register now to take the online exam. The cost of the exam is $100 plus an additional $45 for the Kryterion Flexible Neck Webcam. The certification exam consists of 98 multiple choice questions and must be completed  in  2 hours and 45 minutes.

Google Apps Authorized Resellers are hoping to generate more business by being Google-certified. Google encourages IT professionals interested in taking the exam to review all the require pre-requisites before attempting to take the test.