Overview
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Registration
Program Details
FAQ

Validate your skills as a data expert

By becoming Looker certified, you’ll:

  • Stand out as an expert within the data community
  • Showcase your Looker knowledge
  • Expand your resume with proven skills
  • Get some great swag you can show off, and other Looker perks

Certification exams

The Looker certification exams can be taken in-person at a testing center with a proctor, or online with a proctor via a computer camera to ensure integrity of the exam.

The following exams are now available:

LookML Developer

This exam covers LookML code development, maintenance, troubleshooting, caching policies, and data modeling best practices. Please be comfortable with SQL and have 3+ months of experience with these skills before you register.

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Looker Business Analyst

This exam covers Looker report development, data visualization, and dashboard best practices. We recommend having 5+ months of experience with these skills before you register.

Learn more

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Exam guides

LookML Developer

LookML code development, maintenance, troubleshooting, caching policies, and data modeling best practices. Please be comfortable with SQL and have 3+ months of experience with these skills before you register.

Business Analyst

Looker report development, data visualization, and dashboard best practices. We recommend having 5+ months of experience with these skills before you register.

How to register for your exam

Looker Certifications are delivered on Webassessor through Kryterion, and can be taken at any of the 1,100+ testing centers located globally or remotely from the comfort of your home or office.

You’ll need to create an account with Webassessor in order to register for an exam. See the quick step-by-step guide below for more information.

  1. Decide if you want to take your exam online or in person.
  2. Head over to Webassessor and create your account. If you already did that, great. Just log in.
  3. Click 'Register for an Exam' in the black menu bar.
  4. Find the exam you want to take and expand the section to view the delivery options.
  5. Click the Buy Now button for whichever delivery method you prefer.
  6. Follow the prompts to schedule your exam. Be sure to review the reschedule and cancellation policy.
  7. Review your exam details and then click checkout. You can enter a voucher/coupon code and/or a credit card. Please note: certification exams are taxable per local laws, so you will see applicable tax listed during the checkout process.
  8. Click submit. Once the payment processes, you should see a purchase confirmation.

Congratulations! You are now registered for your exam. You’ll receive an email confirming your purchase and registration shortly.

Note: Your legal first and last name in your Webassessor account must match the name on your government-issued photo ID. In case of a mismatch, you will not be allowed to take the exam, and your exam fee will be forfeited. To update your legal name before the scheduled date, contact support.

Program details

Exam candidate agreement

Please see our terms and privacy policy. You’ll be asked to agree to this before you begin your exam.

Languages available

Our exams are available in English and Japanese.

Special accommodations

To request an accommodation, please contact us at certification@looker.com before scheduling your exam.

Testing accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and may require supporting documentation. Depending on the request, arranging an accommodation with our test delivery partners and third-party services can take up to 30 days for the exams scheduled at testing centers, and up to 2 weeks for remotely (online) proctored exams.

Retake policy

If you don't pass an exam, you can take it again after 14 days. If you don't pass the second time, you must wait 60 days before you can take it a third time. If you don't pass the third time, you must wait 365 days before taking it again.

Please note that payment is required each time you take an exam.

All attempts, regardless of exam language and delivery method (in-person or online testing), count toward the total permissible attempts, and the waiting period between attempts still applies. If you attempt to circumvent this policy (including by registering under a different name), your certification will be denied or revoked.

We'd much rather award you a certification than take one away. If you need more than three attempts, please use the rest of that 12-month period to build up your Looker skills using the many resources at your disposal.

Scaled scoring

It’s extremely important to us that you are evaluated fairly when you take a Looker Certification exam. Here are a few ways we ensure that happens:

  • Passing scores are set using statistical analysis, and are subject to change as tests are updated
  • We use scaled scoring models to ensure consistency across multiple exam forms and versions

Because they get updated from time to time, we don’t publish specific passing scores. The important thing is knowing if you passed or not, and we’ll tell you that right away by email.

Receiving a certification / logo

Once you pass a Looker Certification exam, you will immediately receive an email that includes a PDF certificate. Yes, that’s instant bragging rights.

Recertification

Since the Looker platform is updated regularly, your Looker Certification needs to be updated regularly, too. To keep your certification active each year, you will need to take a recertification exam during the certification maintenance window. Here are the details:

  • Exam type: non-proctored, with multiple choice or multiple response questions
  • Length: 10-20 questions
  • Registration Fee: $20 fee per take
  • Exam duration: 60 minutes
  • Score needed to pass: 80%
  • References: Open book
  • Retakes: Unlimited (see above for cost associated with each retake)
  • Availability: annually, 1st Monday of January through 31st of March (recertification to be taken the calendar year after your pass date)

I have a question or comment that isn’t covered here

We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to the team at certification@looker.com.

Looker certification for veterans

We’re excited to offer a discounted certification exam fee to active service members and veterans of the US Military. Use an array of free resources at training to amp up your knowledge, and earn a certification to show that you’re a contender in the data economy.

Learning materials include:

  • Step-by-step exam guides that align with our two certifications
  • Detailed documentation to fill in any gaps in your Looker knowledge
  • Tutorials with embedded dashboards to see what Looker can do in action

Discounts:

  • 50% discount on any single certification exam
  • 30% discount should you need to retake your exam
  • 50% discount on future certification maintenance

Ready to get started? Have questions? Email certification@looker.com for more about our veterans’ discount.

See the step-by-step registration guide

Veterans Empowered by Looker

U.S. Veteran scholarship program

Transition smoothly to a career in data by building on skills you already have.

  • Works for all experience and skill levels
  • 100% free to veterans
  • Direct path to full, stable employment in tech
Apply now

Now that I work for somebody who utilizes Looker, I’m comfortable with knowing I can handle anything. I have the fundamentals locked in, and I’m well on my way to full certification.

Tyler Allcorn, Veterans Scholarship Program Alumni, Senior Customer Success Manager at Olo, Former Army Special Forces

Here are the 8 steps towards certification

Step 1: Choose a track

Time: 2 hours

Track 1: Business Analyst

Ideal for people who are interested in helping organizations use data to drive business decisions. Certified Looker Business Analysts use Looker Explores to create and curate content through data visualization and report building.

Track 2: LookML Developer

Ideal for people interested in potentially exploring Looker’s more advanced features. Looker LookML Developers design, model, build and maintain LookML (Looker’s proprietary code). Certified LookML Developers work with databases, SQL and BI tools.

Step 2: Apply

Time: 30 minutes

You can apply to the program by filling out this Google form: Veteran Scholarship Program Application.

You can expect us to get back to you within 5 business days.

Step 3: Start learning

Time: 2 hours

Once you’ve been accepted, the process has begun. You’ll start with online training --- 100% free.

Once you finish online training, we’ll email you a voucher to begin Step 4.

Step 4: Dive deeper

Time: 2 hours

You’ll use the voucher we emailed you after completing step 3 to participate in specialized webinars.

Again, when you’re done, we’ll email you another voucher to begin step 5.

Step 5: Bootcamp

Time: 5 hours for Business Analyst; 16 hours for LookML Developer

You’ll use the voucher we emailed you after completing step 4 to attend Looker Bootcamp(s) for your learning path.

Once you finish bootcamp, you can start practicing in step 6.

Step 6: Practice

Time: 30 - 40 hours

Now you’re ready to rinse and repeat. Keep practicing in the Looker Playground you received during bootcamp until you feel confident.

When you feel ready, email us and we'll send you a voucher to register for your certification exam.

Step 7: Validate

Time: 2 hours

You’ll take your certification exam and receive the results immediately after submission.

Step 8: Explore jobs

Assuming you passed (not everyone does), you can start connecting with employers looking for your expertise. We recommend searching job websites using “Looker” as a keyword

Plus, you’ll have the data creds to join the Looker-certified community, which is loaded with mentors and subject-matter experts.

FAQ

What is a Looker certification?

A Looker certification is a valuable industry credential that demonstrates your technical skills. The exams use industry best practices and standards to assess whether Looker’s proficiency standards are met.

Why should I get Looker certified?

So that you can showcase your Looker knowledge, stand out as an expert within the data community, and expand your resume with proven skills.

Exam registration

How do I register to take a Looker certification exam?

Check out the Registration page to see a step-by-step guide to exam registration.

Can I reschedule my exam if I can’t make my scheduled appointment?

If you need to make any changes to your scheduled exam, please log in to your Webassessor account and click Reschedule or Cancellation next to your scheduled exam. For onsite exams scheduled at a testing center, late rescheduling or cancellation fee is applied if you are trying to update the registration within 72 hours of your scheduled start time. For online proctored exams taken remotely, late rescheduling or cancellation fee is applied if you are trying to update the registration within 24 hours of your scheduled start time.

If I need to reschedule my exam, will I be able to reuse the voucher I used in my original registration?

If you reschedule your exam before your reschedule window closes (>24 hours prior to online exam, >72 hours prior to an in-person/testing center exam), then yes! Your same voucher can be applied. However, if you redeem a voucher for an exam and then fail to sit for it or cancel your participation within the applicable exam delivery window, the voucher code is considered “consumed” and cannot be reused.

Is there an age requirement to take a Looker certification exam?

Yes, you must be 18 or older to be eligible for any Looker certification exam.

Do you offer any discounts for veterans?

Yes, we offer a discounted certification exam fee to active service members and veterans of the US Military. Check out the Program Details for more information.

In which languages are Looker certification exams available?

Our exams are currently available in U.S. English and Japanese.

Exam preparation

Are there any prerequisites?

While we highly recommend Looker training and on-the-job experience, there are no prerequisites for taking Looker certification exams. Please review the exam details for the exam you want to take for more information about what the exam covers and the suggested training.

Which Looker certification is right for me?

Certifications focus on Looker skills related to specific job roles. Check out our exam guides to learn more about each exam and identify which one sounds the most similar to what you do.

What does each exam cover?

Each exam covers Looker functionality and usage as it relates to specific job roles. Check out our exam guides to learn more about the content covered in each and the resources available to help you prepare.

Taking the exam

What identification do I need to take an exam?

If you are taking an exam via online delivery, you must provide your government-issued photo ID (see examples below under primary identification) when checking in with the online testing proctor. Your legal first and last name must match the name on your government-issued photo ID. In case of a mismatch, you will not be allowed to take the exam, and your exam fee will be forfeited. To update your legal name before the scheduled date, contact support.

If you are taking your exam at a Kryterion Testing Center, you will need to bring 2 forms of ID.

Your primary identification must include your name, photograph, and signature. Examples include:

  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • U.S. Department of State driver’s license
  • National/state/country identification card
  • Passport
  • Passport card
  • Military ID
  • Alien registration card (that is, a green card, permanent resident visa, and so on)

Your secondary identification must include your name and signature. Examples include:

  • Debit/ATM card
  • Credit card
  • School ID
  • IDs mentioned under primary ID
What are the system requirements for taking an online proctored exam?

Check out the hardware and software requirements to make sure you’ll be able to launch your exam on your computer. Before your exam, make sure to test your webcam and internet speed, and to install Kryterion’s Sentinel Secure software.

What kind of support can I get from the Kryterion help center?

Kryterion help provides support for all things related to taking your exam. You can find a testing center, find out if you meet the technical requirements for online proctored exams, and run a systems check prior to launching an online proctored exam. You can also contact support 24/7.

What happens if my internet connection is interrupted while taking the exam?

If your internet connection is lost, your exam time should stop and your progress should autosave. Looker and Kryterion are not responsible for any unsuccessful session due to poor internet connectivity, low bandwidth at the test taker’s site, or inability to meet the system and technical requirements prior to the exam launch. A Kryterion technician will attempt to restart your exam session, but if the session cannot be immediately restarted and you have been exposed to exam content, the attempt will count and the retake policy will apply. If you wish to re-register, please do so in Webassessor after the cool off period has ended. Payment is required each time you take an exam.

Who do I contact for technical difficulties?

For any issues connecting with the online proctor or technical issues during the exam, please chat with Kryterion’s technical support team or send them an email.

How long will it take to complete an online proctored exam?

After you start the exam, an online proctor will verify your identity, ensure the testing environment is secured, and then launch the exam. This may take up to 15 minutes. Once the exam is launched, you are allotted 100 minutes to complete the exam.

Are breaks allowed during my exam?

No breaks are allowed during your exam. Make sure that you’re well-prepared to take the exam in one sitting. Taking any break during the exam will result in a forced submission. If you have any medical condition requiring accommodations, you can request them before your scheduled exam time. Please reach out to support at least 1-2 weeks prior to scheduling your online proctored exam.

What happens if I am early/late for my scheduled exam?

On the exam date, you may launch the test session 10 minutes prior and up to 20 minutes after the scheduled time. If you do not launch your exam during that window of time, the session will be auto-cancelled and your exam fee will be forfeited. You will need to re-register and pay for the exam again.

What resources am I allowed to use during an online proctored exam?

Your testing space must be free of resources including but not limited to external monitors, scratch papers, writing instruments, note-taking materials, smart devices, wearables, food, or water. Please go over the Terms & Conditions for more information.

Results and scoring

When will I get my exam results?

You will receive your exam results as soon as you finish, both within the exam platform and via email. If you pass, your emailed results will also include your certificate and an official badge for your certification.

What is scaled scoring?

Your scaled score is a conversion of the number of items that you answer correctly to a consistent and standardized scale. This model is used so that we can equate scores across multiple exam forms that may have slightly different difficulty levels.

What is the exam retake policy?

If you don't pass an exam, you can take it again after 14 days. If you don't pass the second time, you must wait 60 days before you can take it a third time. If you don't pass the third time, you must wait 365 days before taking it again. Payment is required each time you attempt the exam.

Can I provide exam feedback to Looker?

We would love to have your feedback! We have enabled a comments box below each test question on the exam that you can use to provide us with any concerns or comments that you have about any test question.

How do I add, edit, or remove a certification on my LinkedIn profile?

You can manually add your Looker certificate to your profile by following the directions outlined in LinkedIn help.

How long will my certification be valid?

Your certification will be valid for 12 months, and then will be extended as long as you meet the recertification requirements.

What is the pass rate for Looker certification exams?

Pass rates for Looker certification exams are confidential.

Will I find out what I answered incorrectly on the exam?

You won’t see question-level details, but you will see how well you did on each major topic area on your exam score report. This will help you identify areas for continued growth or help you prepare for your next attempt.

Can I get a list of Looker certified individuals?

No. Looker’s Privacy Policy does not allow us to share personally identifiable information or exam pass/fail results without explicit candidate consent.

Can I submit potential exam questions to Looker?

We’re building a network of Looker subject matter experts (SMEs) to participate in certification exam development. If you’re interested in becoming a Looker SME, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us at certification@looker.com to learn more.

If you have any questions or comments on the Looker certified program, please contact: certification@looker.com

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