What are my options for learning about Google Cloud?
There are many ways to engage in Google Cloud training depending on your preferences. Google Cloud offers on-demand training via partners such as Coursera and Pluralsight. You can complete these trainings at your own pace from nearly anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.
Google Cloud courses are also offered in classroom-format, with fixed schedules and timelines, led by instructors from our Authorized Training Partners. These instructor-led courses are offered in physical classrooms or via virtual classrooms. Find upcoming courses in the Public Classroom Schedule or on each course listing in the Google Cloud training catalog.
For a hands-on learning experience, take advantage of the labs and quests on Qwiklabs, which allow you to learn and practice concepts inside of the Google Cloud environment.
Do I need to complete certain training to get certified?
Google Cloud Certification requires hands-on experience with Google Cloud solutions. The program gives Google Cloud users, customers and partners a way to demonstrate their technical skills in a particular job role or technology. Individuals are assessed using a variety of rigorously developed industry standard methods to determine whether they meet Google Cloud's proficiency standards. While Google Cloud Training may be helpful, it is not required to receive a certification.
What are my options for training during the current COVID-19 crisis?
What is classroom training?
Classroom training refers to courses led by an instructor and offered on a set schedule. The instructors are Google authorized training partners who have demonstrated expertise in the course material. The classes are offered both in an in-person classroom setting as well as live, interactive virtual classes.
What are the benefits of classroom training?
Classroom training offers collaborative learning with like-minded learners and real-time guidance from top Google Cloud experts.
What are guaranteed-to-run classes?
Classes marked as "guaranteed-to-run" are not subject to cancellations. Customers can register and plan their schedule with certainty.
What is on-demand training?
On-demand training allows you to fit your learning plan to your schedule and preferred pace. These courses are offered entirely online by Google partners and can be completed from any place at any time.
What are my options for taking on-demand training?
Pluralsight is a technology skills platform offering a full breadth of Google Cloud learning paths, courses, and skills assessments. For more info visit go.pluralsight.com/GoogleCloud
Coursera has a catalog of on-demand courses, specializations, and professional certificates in the latest Google Cloud technologies. You can learn online at your own pace, from anywhere. coursera.org/googlecloud
What is Qwiklabs?
What is a hands-on lab?
A hands-on lab is an online learning environment along with a set of instructions to walk you through a live, real world, and scenario-based use case. In a lab you have access to the actual environment you want to learn about, not a simulation or demo environment. You can access the lab environment from anywhere on the Internet using a standard browser.
Most labs require credits to access, but there are a number of free introductory labs available as well.
Where can I get help with questions about Qwiklabs?
What are Google Cloud skill badges?
What is required to receive a skill badge?
What is a challenge lab?
What is the difference between a normal quest and a quest that includes a challenge lab?
A quest is a self paced learning path which contains a collection of labs organized by technologies or specific cloud services.
A quest plus a challenge lab is a self paced learning path which contains a collection of labs, however it capstones with a challenge lab. A challenge lab is where you must complete a series of tasks in a set time limit. The learner must score 100% on all tasks to pass the challenge lab.
What is the difference between a Google Cloud skill badge and a Google Cloud certification?
A skill badge measures an individual's knowledge of a specific product or service and tests their ability to apply that knowledge in an interactive hands on environment.
A certification measures an individual’s proficiency at performing a specific job role using Google Cloud technology. A certification exam tests one knowledge of a wide range of products and services needed to perform a job role versus 1 product/service. In order to prepare for a Cloud certification, it is recommended that an individual has multiple years of experience in the role, in addition to completing the recommended online training and skill badges.
Do I get the Google Cloud issued skill badge if I have already completed the challenge lab?
I previously completed all of the labs, however they are not in the same quests I completed them in before. Will my previous lab completions migrate over to this new quest?
I completed the quest and passed the challenge lab, and I have not received my Google Cloud issued skill badge. Who do I contact?
How much time is it to take a quest that includes a challenge lab?
How much time will it take me to complete the quest and the challenge lab?
When will I know if I have earned a skill badge?
How can I share my Google Cloud-issued badge on social media?
How do I share my Google Cloud badge on LinkedIn?
Sharing your Google badge issued by QwikLabs is simple. Follow these 4 steps:
- Make your QwikLabs profile public
- Click the "Add to LinkedIn" button
- Add your achievement by completing the following information
- Credential Name
- Issuing Organization - Google
- Credential does not expire - check box
- Credential URL - Copy and paste the link to your QwikLabs public profile
- Click "Save"
See Qwiklabs support for more information.
Is there an age requirement in order to take a quest and a challenge lab?
What languages are the quests that include a challenge lab available in?
The localized language for each quest that includes a challenge lab varies. Quests are localized at the lab level. To discover the available languages, please perform the following steps:
- Navigate to the quest in question
- Scroll down to the quest outline
- For each lab, you will see a globe icon located next to estimated time and course level
- Hover over the globe
- You will then see the available languages automatically populate in a drop down menu