Google Cloud Certifications and Career Guide

Given Google’s enormous market recognition and mindshare, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that it is not the market leader in cloud services and delivery. In fact, Google didn’t make Forbes’ 2017 list of The Top 5 Cloud Computing Vendors. That said, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a member of the top five such platforms, along with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, which routinely swap between first and second place. Oracle and IBM also place in the top five as well, often ahead of the Google Cloud Platform, depending on the metrics used to rank them.

Given all this, Google has powerful incentives to create and get behind a potent and well-regarded certification program for the Google Cloud Platform. Its efforts over the past two or three years are starting to pay some dividends, as an upcoming chart of job board search results will illustrate. But first, let’s take a look at the Google Cloud Platform certification portfolio as it currently stands.

The Google certification program has experienced significant growth since our last update. At our last update, Google offered three certifications, one at the associate level and two at the professional level. Today, Google offers one associate-level credential, five professional level certifications, plus a certification aimed at G Suite productivity and collaboration tools. Current certifications include:

  • Associate Cloud Engineer
  • Professional Cloud Architect
  • Professional Data Engineer
  • Professional Cloud Developer
  • Professional Cloud Network Engineer
  • Professional Cloud Security Engineer
  • G Suite certification

To earn a Google certification, candidates must pass a single exam. All exams are reasonably priced with professional-level exams costing $200, $125 for associate-level exams, and $75 for the G Suite exam.

Associate- and professional- exams must be taken at a Kryterion testing center. At present, the G Suite exam is remote. While there are no mandatory prerequisites for any certification, training is highly recommended, and Google maintains links to various training resources on the respective exam web page.

Google is also affiliated with Coursera, and candidates will find formal training available through Coursera as well. At least six months of experience working with Google Cloud Platform is recommended for associate-level credentials and a minimum of three years of industry experience for professional-level certifications with at least one year in designing and managing GCP solutions.

This course is designed to clear the Google Professional Cloud Architect Certification exam. Join The entire course is in line with the certification curriculum and helps you get the best jobs in top MNCs. As part of this training, you will be working on real-time projects and assignments that have immense implications in the real-world industry scenarios, thus helping you fast-track your career effortlessly.

At the end of this training program, there will be a quiz that perfectly reflects the type of questions asked in the certification exam and helps you score better marks.

GCP training in Hyderabad provides you with an extensive course curriculum that wraps all major Google Cloud concepts such as introduction to Google Cloud Platform, Google networking service, Google computing services, managing APIs, cloud datastore, and many more.

The Professional Cloud Architect (PCA) enables organizations to make effective and efficient use of Google Cloud technologies. PCAs must develop a thorough understanding of cloud architecture in general, and the Google Cloud Platform in particular. Those who hold this credential can design, develop, and manage dynamic Google Cloud Platform solutions to meet business objectives that are robust, secure, scalable, and highly available.

To qualify for the PCA, the exams seek to assess these specific abilities regarding Google Cloud Platform solutions:

  • Design and plan a cloud solution architecture
  • Manage and provision a cloud solution architecture
  • Build cloud solutions that are secure and compliant
  • Perform technical and business analyses to optimize processes, procedures, and policies
  • Manage cloud architecture implementations
  • Ensure that cloud solutions and operations are reliable and remain available

The Professional Cloud Developer (PCD) is ideal for candidates who use Google services, tools, and recommended practices to design, build, test, and deploy highly available and scalable applications. Candidates should possess the skills necessary to successfully integrate GCP services and conduct application performance monitoring. While not covered on the exam, candidates need to be able to successfully use Stackdriver to debug, trace code, and produce metrics. Proficiency in at least one general programming language is also recommended.

The exam is focused on validating a candidate’s ability and skill to use GCP services and practices in five key areas:

  • Designing cloud-native applications
  • Building and testing applications
  • Deploying applications
  • Integrating Google Cloud Platform Services
  • Managing application performance testing

On the certification web page, candidates will find links to an exam outline and sample case studies to help prepare for the exam. Recommended training includes the Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure course and the Developing Applications with Google’s Cloud Platform. Quests on application development for Java or Python and core technologies, such as Stackdriver, Google Cloud Solutions: Scaling Your Infrastructure, and Kubernetes solutions, are also recommended.

For those who work around or with the Google Cloud Platform, the current certifications seem like a very safe bet for career and personal development. Given the high demand, relatively low cost, and a single exam for these certifications, the risk-reward ratio looks quite favorable. Be sure to check them out, if you work (or would like to work) in an organization that uses this cloud platform.

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