Google Cloud Certification FAQs


Who is eligible to take a Google Cloud certification exam?

Certification exams can be taken by anyone who is at least 18 years old.


How much do certification exams cost?

The cost of certification exams varies. Please refer to each exam page for exam-specific cost information.


How much time does it take to complete an exam?

Exams vary in length but we allow a generous amount of time to complete the exams. We recommend that you review the case studies (if applicable) on our website ahead of time. Please refer to each exam page for more information about the exam format and time limit.


How long is a Google Cloud certification valid?

All Professional Google Cloud certifications are valid for two years from the date an individual certifies. The Cloud Digital Leader and the Associate Cloud Engineer certifications are valid for three years from the date an individual certifies. Candidates must recertify in order to maintain their certification status. You will be notified in advance of when your certification will expire, so that you may prepare to recertify, should you wish to do so.


Can I take the same exam again if I’m already certified?

You may not attempt the same exam while currently certified unless you are within the recertification eligibility period, which starts 60 days prior to your certification expiration date. If you attempt to recertify before the recertification eligibility period, one or more of the following may happen:

  • Your exam result will be rejected;
  • You may be decertified from the Google Cloud Certification Program;
  • You may be prohibited from taking the exam and/or any other Google exam; and 
  • Google, in its sole discretion, may terminate any applicable business relationship with you

Are there prerequisites to taking a certification exam?

No. There are currently no prerequisites to take Google Cloud certification exams.


Can I take this exam in a group or with a partner?

No. Per our exam terms and conditions, the exam must be taken independently and without collaboration with other individuals. If you are caught cheating or working with another individual during your exam, one or more of the following may happen:

  • You may lose all Google certifications,
  • You may be barred from taking or retaking any exam, and
  • Google, in its sole discretion, may choose to terminate any applicable business relationship with you, if any.


When will I get an official exam result email from Google Cloud?

You will receive a provisional pass or fail notification on the testing screen immediately following your exam submission, and your exam record will be sent to Google Cloud. Google Cloud will evaluate your exam record, including verifying compliance with the Terms and Conditions. Please allow 7-10 days for Google Cloud to confirm your exam results.


Why don't I receive my score or any feedback when I submit my exam?

Our exams are designed to determine only whether or not an individual meets a minimum passing standard. Scores and feedback are not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool, or to evaluate individuals on a scale of ability. For this reason, numerical scores are not meaningful for the examinee and can easily be misinterpreted.


Why don't I receive section-level feedback on my exam?

Google Cloud recognizes that some certification exam providers provide section-level feedback on their exams. Google Cloud does not provide this information, as it could be misleading or easily misinterpreted. Our exams are not designed to diagnose strengths and weaknesses, and exam sections are very broad topic categories. The range of specific questions you may receive for each section during an exam is extremely narrow by comparison.

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