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Professional Cloud Developer

Professional Cloud Developers build scalable and highly available applications using Google-recommended practices and tools. They have experience with cloud-native applications, developer tools, managed services, and next-generation databases. Cloud Developers are also proficient with at least one general-purpose programming language and are skilled at producing meaningful metrics and logs to debug and trace code.

The Professional Cloud Developer exam assesses your ability to:

  • Design highly scalable, available, reliable cloud-native applications
  • Build and test applications
  • Deploy applications
  • Integrate Google Cloud services
  • Manage application performance monitoring

Also available in Japanese.

Starting October 4, 2022, the Professional Cloud Developer exam will transition to a new exam guide. This version of the exam will no longer include a case study. If you plan to take the exam on or after October 4, 2022, please refer to the updated exam guide.


About this certification exam

Length: Two hours

Registration fee: $200 (plus tax where applicable)

Languages: English and Japanese

Exam format: Multiple choice and multiple select

Exam delivery method:

a) Take the online-proctored exam from a remote location

b) Take the onsite-proctored exam at a testing center

Prerequisites: None

Recommended experience: 3+ years of industry experience including 1+ years designing and managing solutions using Google Cloud.

Certification Renewal / Recertification: Candidates must recertify in order to maintain their certification status. Unless explicitly stated in the detailed exam descriptions, all Google Cloud certifications are valid for two years from the date of certification. Recertification is accomplished by retaking the exam during the recertification eligibility time period and achieving a passing score. You may attempt recertification starting 60 days prior to your certification expiration date.

Exam overview

1. Get real world experience

Before attempting the Cloud Developer exam, it's recommended that you have 3+ years of hands-on experience with Google Cloud products and solutions. Ready to start building? Explore the Google Cloud Free Tier for free usage (up to monthly limits) of select products.

Try Google Cloud Free Tier

2. Understand what's on the exam

The exam guide contains a complete list of topics that may be included on the exam, helping you determine if your skills align with the exam.

See exam guide

If you plan to take the exam on or after October 4, 2022, please refer to the new exam guide.

3. Review the sample questions

Familiarize yourself with the format of exam questions and example content that may be covered on the Cloud Developer exam.

Review sample questions

4. Round out your skills with training

5. Schedule an exam

Register and select whether to take the exam remotely or at a nearby testing center.

Review exam terms and conditions and data sharing policies.