Google Cloud Certified

Professional Data Engineer

Professional Data Engineer

A Professional Data Engineer enables data-driven decision making by collecting, transforming, and visualizing data. The Data Engineer designs, builds, maintains, and troubleshoots data processing systems with a particular emphasis on the security, reliability, fault-tolerance, scalability, fidelity, and efficiency of such systems.

The Data Engineer also analyzes data to gain insight into business outcomes, builds statistical models to support decision-making, and creates machine learning models to automate and simplify key business processes.

The Google Cloud Certified - Professional Data Engineer exam assesses your ability to:

  • check Build and maintain data structures and databases
  • check Design data processing systems
  • check Analyze data and enable machine learning
  • check Model business processes for analysis and optimization
  • check Design for reliability
  • check Visualize data and advocate policy
  • check Design for security and compliance

About this certification exam

This exam objectively measures an individual’s ability to demonstrate the critical job skills for the role. To earn this certification you must pass the Professional Data Engineer exam. The format is multiple choice and multiple select and is available in English and Japanese. The exam has no prerequisites. This exam must be taken in-person at one of our testing center locations.

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  • Length: 2 hours
  • Registration fee: USD $200

Path to Success

Review the exam guide

View an outline of the topics that may appear on the exam and you are expected to know in order to demonstrate proficiency. Some of the questions on the exam may refer you to a case study that describes a fictitious business and solution concept. Review the sample case studies that may appear on your exam.

Take the training courses

Get yourself up to speed and learn best practices. Find classes focusing on each of the technical skills covered in the exam.

Practice with Qwiklabs

Get hands-on practice working with Google Cloud technologies. Learn at your own pace with a series of labs that are available on-demand. Start with GCP Essentials followed by the Data Engineering quest.


Visit the documentation page with overviews and in-depth discussions on the concepts and critical components of GCP.

Draw on your own experience

We can’t stress enough the value of your own work experience. Use the provided resources along with your work experience to prepare for this exam.

Schedule your exam

Register and find a location near you.

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