A skill badge measures one’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 one product/service. In order to prepare for a Google 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.
For more information on skill badges visit cloud.google.com/training/badges