Google today announced the launch of four new certification and training programs for cloud developers and engineers: Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud Network Engineer (beta) and Professional Cloud Security Engineer (beta), as well as a new G Suite certification.
The G Suite certification stands out a bit because it’s cheaper ($75) and far less technical than its counterparts in today’s release, but as Google notes, the overall idea here to address the “cloud skills crisis.” The reason for the G Suite course, Google says, is that the “key to a successful cloud transformation is developing skills throughout the organization.” To ensure this, the G Suite exam tests your knowledge in key features of Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive and other G Suite tools. If you’re highly technical, that may seem unnecessary, but for many, making the move from Office to G Suite is surely quite a challenge.
The other exams, like the Cloud Developer certifications, test your ability to design, build, test, manage and secure applications on the Google Cloud Platform. They tend to cost around $200 and come in the form of multiple choice exams. To prepare for them, you can study with the help of both on-demand and instructor-led courses from Coursera and other Google partners.
Google notes that IT managers have a hard time finding candidates with the right skills, so it’s trying to address this with these new certification programs and the accompanying training tools.