JMU Students Obtain GAIQ and AdWords Certification: Individual Qualification with Specialization in Search Advertising

James Madison University marketing  and iMBA students recently passed the required exams and demonstrated proficiency in necessary subject areas critical to gaining competence in Google AdWords.  Google awarded these students with an AdWords Individual Qualification with specialization in Search Advertising.  By passing the examinations in this globally recognized program, individuals are qualified to effectively manage Google AdWords campaigns using the latest tools and best practice techniques.  Some also passed the very challenging Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ) exams and the Display Advertising Advanced Exam.

I am so very proud of these students from my spring 2013 MKTG 490 and MBA 678 courses at JMU.  Congratulations is extended to:

Nicole Bandy (GAIQ)

Joshua Baugher (GAIQ)

Baris Bilek
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Dan Carr

Mollie Delp

Lindsay Hayes

Shay Meadows (GAIQ)
Also qualified in Display Advertising Advanced

Keri Miner (GAIQ)

Carla Reese

Brandon Trautman

Matthew Weltz (GAIQ)

Learn more about about how to become individually qualified in Google AdWords.  (As of September 30, 2013, Google will no longer offer individual certification in AdWords.)

2 Comments on "JMU Students Obtain GAIQ and AdWords Certification: Individual Qualification with Specialization in Search Advertising"

  1. Starting on September 30, 2013, Google is changing their AdWords Certification Program in several ways. The most significant change is that you must have a Google Partners account to be certified by Google. To have a Google Partners account, one of the criteria management of at least a US $10,000 spend over 90 days (to be counted from the day the AdWords account is linked to the MCC). The MCC account linked to the company must have spend on 60 days out of a 90-day period and must also have been active for at least 90 days. So, it looks like this change is going to knock out the opportunity for my students to take the certification exam. More details available at:


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