Associate Android Developer

Earning this certification will be a definitive step on your path to a career as an Android developer.

Study and prepare
Take the exam
Complete exit interview
Earn your certification


The exam consists of a coding project and an exit interview. Both of these exam components are available only in English at this time.

Android proficiency

The exam is designed to test the skills of an entry-level Android developer. Therefore, to take this exam, you should have this level of proficiency, either through education, self-study, your current job, or a job you have had in the past. Assess your proficiency by reviewing "Exam Content." If you'd like to take the exam, but feel you need to prepare a bit more, level up your Android knowledge with some great Android training resources.

Android Studio

You must use the latest version of Android Studio to complete the Associate Android Developer Certification Exam.

Age requirement

If you are under 13, you are not eligible to take the exam or to become certified. If you are between 13-17 years of age, you may test and receive certification with parental consent. If you are participating in a location that requires by law a lower minimum age for entry into such programs, then the minimum age limit for that person will be the stated minimum required age. Individuals 18 years or older are eligible for certification without any age-related restrictions.

ID verification

You must be able to present government-issued photo identification from a non-embargoed country. (See "U.S.-embargoed countries," below.) For Canada, United States, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland, you may use a driver's license. For all other countries you must provide a current passport.

You will scan and upload a photo of your ID using your webcam, or you will upload a copy of your ID that you've previously scanned in JPG, PNG, or BMP format.

U.S.-embargoed countries

You must be able to present approved identification showing residence in a non-embargoed country. Google complies with the United States government's list of embargoed countries. The current embargoed country list includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Crimea.

Exam Content

Testing and debugging

  • Write and execute local JVM unit tests
  • Write and execute Android UI tests
  • Use the system log to output debug information
  • Debug and fix issues with an app's functional behavior and usability

User interface (UI) and app functionality

  • Create an Activity that displays a layout
  • Construct a UI with ConstraintLayout
  • Create a custom view class and add it to a layout
  • Add accessibility hooks to a custom view
  • Apply content descriptions to views for accessibility
  • Implement a custom app theme
  • Display items in a RecyclerView
  • Bind local data to a RecyclerView list using the paging library
  • Implement menu-based or drawer navigation
  • Localize the app
  • Display notifications, toasts, and snackbar messages
  • Schedule a background task using JobScheduler
  • Efficiently run jobs in the background

App data and files

  • Define data using Room entities
  • Access Room database with data access object (DAO)
  • Observe and respond to changing data using LiveData
  • Use a Repository to handle data operations
  • Read and parse raw resources or asset files
  • Create persistent preference data from user input
  • Change the behavior of the app based on user preferences

All about the exam

The exam is performance-based and designed to evaluate what you can do, show, and describe. You will be given a coding project based on a starter app. In this project, you will be asked to add functionality and fix bugs. The type of functionality you are asked to add and the bugs you are asked to find and fix fall under the competencies listed in “Exam Content.”

What will the exam cost?

The Associate Android Developer Certification is $149 USD, which includes one exam attempt. Local pricing may vary based on your country of origin.

How does the process work?

The Associate Android Developer Certification process works like this:

  1. Complete the registration process:
    1. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions.
    2. Verify your identity using a government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport.
    3. Pay for the exam.
  2. Take your exam and submit it for grading.
  3. Record your answers for the exit interview.
  4. Upon completing the exit interview, your submission will be graded. (Please allow up to 45 days for grading.)
  5. If your submission meets the criteria for a passing attempt, you will be awarded your Associate Android Developer Certification.

Note: Exams will be graded in the order that they are submitted. Due to the nature of the exit interview portion, the awarding of certifications will depend on when you are able to complete your interview. We will review completed exam submissions and reply to candidates within 45 days.

What happens if I don't complete the exam in 8 hours?

You have 8 hours to complete the exam, and if you finish early, you can manually submit the exam. When the 8 hours has elapsed, the exam will auto-submit. Having the exam auto-submit will not in itself cause you to fail the exam.

ID verification troubleshooting
  • Make sure you have an acceptable form of ID, as described on the Requirements tab. Student or work IDs are not accepted.
  • Make sure the image you upload of your ID is clear and not blurry. Do not obstruct your ID with your fingers if you are using a webcam.
Do I have to take the exam immediately after I register?

You are not required to take the exam at the time of registration and payment, so you can take the exam at your convenience.

Is the exam in Java or Kotlin?

The exam is only available in Java at this time. Any updates to exam content will be published on this site.

Is the exam available in languages other than English?

Both the exam project and the exit interview are available only in English at this time.

How long is a certification valid?

Your certification expires 36 months from the date when you receive your digital badge. To renew your certification at that time, you need to complete the registration and certification process again.

What happens if I fail?
  • If you don't pass on your first attempt, you must wait 14 days before you take the exam again.
  • If you don't pass on your second attempt, you must wait two months before you take the exam again.
  • If after three attempts you still have not passed the exam, you must wait one year before you take the exam again.