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Associate Cloud Engineer

An Associate Cloud Engineer deploys and secures applications, services, and infrastructure, monitors operations of multiple projects, and maintains enterprise solutions to ensure that they meet target performance metrics. This individual has experience working with public clouds and on-premises solutions. They are able to perform common platform-based tasks to maintain and scale one or more deployed solutions that leverage Google-managed or self-managed services on Google Cloud.

The Associate Cloud Engineer exam assesses your ability to:

  • Set up a cloud solution environment
  • Plan and configure a cloud solution
  • Deploy and implement a cloud solution
  • Ensure successful operation of a cloud solution
  • Configure access and security

About this certification exam

Length: 2 hours

Registration fee: $125 (plus tax where applicable)

Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese

Exam format: 50-60 multiple choice and multiple select questions

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: 6+ months hands-on experience with Google Cloud

Certification Renewal / Recertification: Candidates must recertify in order to maintain their certification status. Effective October 1, 2022 the Associate Cloud Engineer certification is valid for three 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

Step 1: Get real world experience

Before attempting the ACE exam, it’s recommended that you have 6+ months 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, including BigQuery and Compute Engine.

Step 2: Understand what’s on the exam

The ACE exam guide contains a complete list of topics that may be included on the exam. Review the exam guide to determine if your skills align with the topics on the exam.

Step 3: Round out your skills with training

Prepare for the exam by following the Cloud Engineer learning path. Explore online training, in-person classes, hands-on labs, and other resources from Google Cloud.

Prepare for the exam with Googlers and certified experts. Get valuable exam tips and tricks for the Associate Cloud Engineer exam and hear insights from industry experts.

Complete the "Preparing for the Associate Cloud Engineer Examination" course to familiarize yourself with the exam materials and to do a final check for exam readiness.

Step 4: Review the sample questions

Familiarize yourself with the format of exam questions by reviewing example content that may be covered on the Associate Cloud Engineer exam.

Step 5: Schedule an exam

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

Review exam terms and conditions and data sharing policies.