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Can a 1 Person Company Qualify for Partner Status?

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I have a question about the criteria of "Companies must have one employee who has passed both the new Advertising Fundamentals exam and one of the Advanced exams". I am a one person company at the moment but have passed all certifications and meet the spend/performance criteria.

 

1. Do I need another employee in order to qualify?  According to my company profile Google claims that I don’t have any “users” who have passed certifications - this is because I am the only “user” but I am listed as an admin. Does this satisfy the criteria?

 

2. Specializations - All of my specializations are filled out except for Video Ads and Shopping Ads. My clients run few video campaigns so spend is lower and same with limited Shopping. Do we need to have all Specializations meet the minimum to qualify for Partner Status?

 

Thanks!

Elise

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Yes. I was a one person partner for a little bit of time.

1. No you can pass it yourself and qualify. No additional employees necessary.

2. Nope. You actually don't need any specifications. Although it's recommended.

Source: Previous experience being a one person agency. Smiley Happy

Hope this helps.

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Yes. I was a one person partner for a little bit of time.

1. No you can pass it yourself and qualify. No additional employees necessary.

2. Nope. You actually don't need any specifications. Although it's recommended.

Source: Previous experience being a one person agency. Smiley Happy

Hope this helps.

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That definitely helps! Thank you Tony_Guo!

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Keep in mind that if you later decide to become a Premier Partner, then you will need two certified users.

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Hi @Elise R,

 

Congratulations on becoming certified and seeking to become a badged Google Partner. 

 

To add a little more to the excellent info already provided... please note that a new requirement is that a Manager Account (old name: MCC/My Client Center) is in use for 12 months so that account performance can be best understood by Google. If you are not already using one, setup a Manager Account right away. I do believe that until your Manager Account reaches that anniversary: performance will not fully populate, GP badge will not be assigned, and access to program assets will remain restricted. This is a fairly new change that is catching a lot of people off guard. 

 

Note

We've recently changed the way we evaluate companies in the Google Partners program. Company Performance has replaced Best Practices as one of the criteria for earning Partner status. In the Partners portal, the "Best Practices" section is now called "Company Performance." When assessing a company's overall performance, Partners now requires at least 12 months of AdWords manager account spend activity. 

 

Kind Regards,

 

James

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