Google Cloud Certification FAQs


Google Cloud’s role-based certifications measure an individual’s proficiency at performing a specific job role using Google Cloud technology. The knowledge, skills, and abilities for each job role are assessed using rigorously developed industry-standard methods. Google Cloud certifications empower individuals to advance their careers and give organizations the confidence to build highly skilled, effective teams.

Every Google Cloud certification starts with a formal study known as a Job Task Analysis (JTA). During the JTA, a panel of subject matter experts identifies the skills, abilities, and experience required of an individual to perform the tasks in a job role, and create a detailed job description. These skills are described in the exam guides and job descriptions that we publish on the web. 

The exam guide provides the blueprint for developing exam questions and offers guidance to candidates studying for the exam. While we encourage candidates to be prepared to answer questions on any topic in the exam guide, we do not guarantee that every topic will be tested. 

After a candidate passes an exam and Google verifies their record, a digital badge and certificate are issued. Each certificate contains a sequential number that reflects their position among the growing list of Google Cloud certified individuals.

Unless explicitly stated in the detailed exam descriptions, all Google Cloud certifications are valid for two years from the date certified. Candidates must recertify in order to maintain their certification status. Renewal notifications are sent 90, 60, and 30 days prior to the expiration date.

Explore foundational certification

Foundational level

No hands-on experience with Google Cloud is required

Explore role-based certifications


Recommended 6+ months building on Google Cloud



Recommended 3+ years industry experience, including 1+ years on Google Cloud



Explore expert-level certification

Expert level

Recommended 10+ years of professional experience

1+ years of professional experience and 1+ years experience designing enterprise solutions with Anthos

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