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Helping veterans build a career path with the Google Cloud certification challenge

May 28, 2020
Christopher Carey

Certification Operations Manager

Each year about 200,000 veterans transition out of service but, despite being well-equipped to work in the tech sector, many of these skilled veterans don’t have a clear career path. That’s why Google Cloud is partnering with VetsInTech to help U.S. veterans develop in-demand cloud technology skills through a Google Cloud certification challenge. This six- to 10-week program gives participants access to free training and is designed to prepare U.S. veterans for the Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam

Throughout the program, participants can work with VetsInTech to sharpen their resume writing and interview skills, and to connect with mentors in the tech world. VetsInTech also provides job-matching services and job fairs with local tech companies. They have established relationships with corporate talent representatives and recruiters who work with them to help veterans get hired. 

If you’re a U.S. veteran taking the Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Cloud Architect, or Professional Data Engineer certification exam, you can now have the cost of your exam reimbursed. The Veteran’s Administration recognizes these exams as reimbursable certification tests. After attempting the exam and receiving results, apply for reimbursement using VA Form 22-803. Additional information about this benefit is available on the Education and Training page of the GI Bill website

Why get Google Cloud certified? 

Cloud computing is one of the most disruptive forces in the IT market. As cloud adoption grows rapidly, so do ways that that cloud technologies can solve problems—and so does the need for cloud talent and skills. Cloud certifications are a great way to demonstrate technical skills to the broader IT market. We are committed to creating training and certification opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses to help them thrive in a cloud-first world.

As the demand for cloud skills continues to grow, getting certified can open up opportunities to progress within your company or help you explore other exciting roles. 

Scheduling for the exam

You can schedule a Google Cloud certification exam here. If you’re interested in participating in the certification challenge for veterans, please review the suggested prerequisites and register with VetsInTech.

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