"The Google Qualified Developer program uses a version release and points threshold strategy rather than setting an absolute term on earned qualifications. Instead of picking an arbitrary duration such as one year, developers have the opportunity to continuously earn points towards their qualification by resubmitting assignments and assisting with exam updates and testing."
Meanwhile, current JS Maps API developers earned a minimum of 3,000 out of a possible 5,000 points in order to become qualified. To earn these points, they submitted practical evidence of their programming capabilities by writing applications, demonstrated their commitment to the developer community, supplied professional references and passed the JS Maps API Exam.
"Now that JS Maps V3 has been released, the developers who did not participate in early testing have been notified of potential points expiration," Madison said. "Developers will have 30 days to take the new V3 exam, and submit new applications using the V3 API."
Madison said developers must maintain a minimum number of points to remain qualified within the program. Points are awarded for examples of development work, community participation, professional references and scores on examinations.
Moreover, the Developer Qualification program provides a mechanism by which Google can evaluate and promote the best developers in the community, but does not provide training in preparation for qualification, Madison said. With the success of the program there exists a business opportunity for third-party training vendors to develop and deliver this training.