Associate Cloud Engineer Track


What are the prerequisites for joining the Associate Cloud Engineer track?

Familiarity with the following topics is helpful for success in the Associate Cloud Engineer track:

  • Operating systems
  • File systems
  • The IP networking stack
  • How web browsers and web servers communicate
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Working with Linux at the command line
  • Editing text files from the Linux command line


What do I learn in the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?

In the Architecting with Google Compute Engine specialization, you will build expertise in cloud infrastructure. You will explore and deploy solution elements, including infrastructure components such as networks, systems, and applications services. Explore the courses in this specialization.

With additional hands-on practice in Google Cloud Skills Boost, you will complete a series of skill badge quests that enables you to demonstrate proficiency in related skills. See the Additional Resources section for a list of the skill badge quests related to the Associate Cloud Engineer certification.


Where can I find extra practice materials?

The training provides a solid foundation to prepare you for the certification exam. However, the training does not teach exactly to the test. Make sure to get extra practice using hands-on labs in Google Cloud Skills Boost.


What is the recommended timeline for the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?

Recommended Milestones:

  • Week 1: Accept your invitation and become familiar with the platform.
  • Week 2: Complete course #1, GCP Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure
  • Week 3: Complete course #2, Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation
  • Week 4: Complete course #3, Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services
  • Week 5: Complete course #4, Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation
  • Week 7: Complete course #5, Reliable Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process (Complete all courses in the Specialization)
  • Week 9 - Week 16: Complete practice with additional hands-on labs on Google Cloud Skills Boost and review documentation. Request ACE exam voucher.
  • Complete Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam before voucher expiration date

It is highly recommended that the training be completed within 16 weeks. You can go faster than the recommended timeline.

Will I continue to have access to Coursera after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends?

Your access to Coursera expires in 4 months. After your access expires, you cannot complete graded assignments and get your course completion certificate. Make sure to download PDFs from the Resources section for each course as you go through the training.


How do I apply for certification discount?

To be eligible for a certification voucher:

  • You must be part of a career readiness cohort.
  • You must have completed the Architecting with Google Compute Engine Specialization on Coursera.
  • You must have completed the required skill badge quests (check the Associate Cloud Engineer certification page for related quests).

Note: For cohorts starting on or after June 6, 2022, students must complete the skill badges listed on the Cloud Engineer learning path to be eligible for an exam voucher.

For cohorts starting before Jun 6, 2022, students may alternatively complete the following skill badge quests to be eligible for an exam voucher:

Submit the Application for certification voucher. If you meet the eligibility criteria the certification voucher will be emailed to you in 10 business days.

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