Google Cloud Certified G Suite exam is a user-level exam that test your capabilities of using G Suite. In contrast to the Collaboration Engineer exam that tests your G Suite administrative skills. The details you can find here: https://cloud.google.com/certification/gsuite
The exam is online, lasts for 2 hours and consists of 2 parts. Once you finish the first part you start the second without being able to come back to the questions again:
Multiple-choice questions (15q)
Gmail and Tasks
Hands-on scenarios (7 parts)
If you have no experience with G Suite but use Office instead plan at least a week walk-through the interface to be confident with it. The questions go into exact steps that need to be taken to perform a particular task! You will have no access to G Suite when answering the questions.
Use Help option – I feel I could perform all the tasks in the exam I was not confident with using help! Check it out.
DISCLAIMER: Note this is not an official Google Guide how to get certified and I am explaining my own study path.
I am receiving multiple questions on how to start GCP certification. I am not able to answer all of the queries, so I decided to put together info on the resources and methodologies I use. Enjoy!
GCP certification seems to be on a massive demand these days! The Cloud Architect certificate was reported to be the best-paid certificate in the cloud industry: Link. Sounds convincing?
This week I have received news that I finally achieved 10/10 GCP certificates. Being the first individual in the world holding all of them. Having in mind the Certified Fellow certificate is available for invited only, the chase for getting them all might be perceived unfair but what can I say – I am super happy to work for AtoS and that I have been trusted to take it.
Frist things first – decide on your path.
I decided to divide the GCP certification into logical paths that will allow you to best prepare for either getting the certifications that best suits your role or simply getting them all :).
I would say that there are 2 main paths; GCP and G Suite.
G Suite path
The G Suite path has not much to do with GCP except the aspects related to Identity as a Service. I really enjoyed taking this path as it helped me to understand the G Suite package and it helps me with my day-to-day work! It, however, will not help you much to work with GCP itself. I suggest you either take this path in parallel or just leave it for the end of your journey.
Note: I will create tips on passing each of the exam in separate posts. This is to show you how set your plan on passing them all
I strongly suggest starting your journey with Cloud Architect as it gives you all the fundamentals you need to pass other exams. You will learn about all of the most important services and when to use each of them. Then you should look at the Cloud Engineer exam. It will be a quick one – just make sure you are comfortable with gcloud and gsutil commands and you should be good to go.
Next, you can choose one of the 3 paths:
Data Engineer exam is very much targeted on Data Engineers and Scientists so you might need more time to prepare for it if you come from the infrastructure world.
Network and Security exams have much in common. E.g. firewalls, vpn etc. You can put them in one bucket and take them in a row.
Developer and DevOps exams do focus on Apps development and management they focus very much on GKE, App Engine, SRE topics.
Hybrid Multi-Cloud Fellow exam is an invitation-only and would require you to have knowledge from most all of the GCP exams. It is tests both your architectural and engineers skills.
In the next part of the article, we will look at all available resources to prepare for the exams.
I have finally passed my last pro exam on my GCP list! It occurred to be the toughest on as I mainly work work Anthos and I am only a G Suite user. This exam has nothing to do with GCP itself and is all on G Suite. I took me around 3-4 weeks of very intensive study prepare. I find my previous experience with AD, GPOs and Exchange super useful to understand some concepts in G Suite. If i had to prepare for this exam in a non-rush mode iI think i would need 2-3 months to prepare starting from ground 0.
Even thought I am not a G Suite admin I found it great to learn about it and I will definitely use this knowledge at work.
The exam is 50 Multiple-choice questions and last 2 hours. This is more then enough. I answered all of them in 1h and then reviewed till the time finished.
You need to buy G Suite (domain + subscription) at least for 14 days. Without access to the admin console you will fail.
You will never feel fully prepared for this exam! The scope is massive!
All question are related to Admin Console not to particular applications (e.g. how to create formula in Sheets)
Yes you need to remember where to click in the console to get to particular configuration settings.
Logging and Auditing is super important (for all components of G suite)
Migration and removal of user data is super important! This includes all services user was assigned with (Drive, Mail etc.)
Authentication for both users and applications is super important
Gmail is around 20% – so understand routing, spam, security, tracing, smtp relay.
Calendar and resources management is super important.
Understand G Suite release cycles and how to get info about the new features.
Understand rollout strategies
Understand user and groups management
Understand what OU and groups are used for and what are the differences (hierarchy, settings)
Understand application management both G Suite as well as custom apps.
Understand what device you can manage (e.g Android, ChromeOS, iOS) and how you do it.
Understand how you sync catalog and manage attributes like passwords.
Understand how you manage calendars (persona and shared)
Understand SSO, Cloud Identity, SAML applications and LDAP Server topics. This might be super confusing at the beginning to understand who is the IdP in each of those. Make sure you are super clear on it.
There are questions around AppMaker and Apps Script.
Understand backups with Vault
Understand how you manage contact
I must say the guide is pretty accurate, but the scope is massive. Reading the docs seems to be a never ending story (see the list of links in the end of the post). You can find the link bellow:
I recommend to take the bellow test and if you don’t feel comfortable with the answers do more reading until you can do at least 90% every time. The questions do not appear in the exam but are very useful to understand what you still don’t know.
Disclaimer: This post is informational only and list of swags might be outdated! Google might change the swag list at any time and there is no guarantee you will get one. The following list is based on the perks I could choose from at the time I passed the exam or participated in the program.
Lets admit it, if you visit this site you are a Geek like me and you love swags! Google has been spoiling us with awesome gifts after passing GCP exams. With info on successful completing the certification requirements you would get a code to redeem at the Google Perk Store: https://shop.googlemerchandisestore.com/certificationperks/
Google swags are really premium quality with labels like North Face, Patagonia or Timbuk etc.
Let have a look what you get for each of the exam:
Professional Machine Learning Engineer:
For this exam you get to choose either a Marmot vest or Moleskine Notepad and a mug!
Professional Exams (Architect, Data Engineer, Network Engineer): As I have taken this almost 2 year ago this might have changed. I love both the Pullover and the Hoodies! They are top quality!
Professional Cloud Architect update December 2020
As I re-certified GCP Cloud Architect credentials I unlocked the quite long list of swags including this awesome plates frame. Would love to see european version in black 🙂
GCP Cloud Engineer Associate: for this exam you get a 13” or 15” laptop pouch and a mug! the 13” is perfect fit for MacBook Pro 13”. Personally I thought I will never use it but since I got it I take it with me when ever I take my laptop with me. I wish it had some space for the charger :).
Update: I learned that from 2020 there are no more swags for CE exam 😦
GCP Developer Professional: I remember there were couple of swags for this one including hoodies but I decided to pick this small JBL. Great for a short business trip to listen to music on the go as it is water resistant 🙂
GCP DevOps Engineer: Still cannot decide which one to pick 🙂 all of them super geeky 🙂
GCP Fellow swags: This program is still not GA. I guess it will be open to public in couple of months. As being an elite certification it comes with some premium swags. The pictures are from official site of the vendors but the actual swags will have a Fellow tag on them. I have still not received the swag but will post the picture when it arrives. You could choose either a jacket or a bag. I went for the jacket.
Stickers : With every exam you get a nice sticker to put it on your laptop! Yes! More stickers!
Beta Tester: After taking a beta exam you also get a cap. I believe you get it even if you don’t pass the exam
A bonus for those attending NEXT conference: Both in SF and London you can pick up you GCP Certified jacket. Super warm and protects you from wind 🙂
GSI Champion Swags: GSI Champions have extra perks 🙂 some of them showing bellow. GSI is program for Google Partners an enable individuals with extra training to be the person to go for GCP topics. One of the extra bonus working for Atos!
Still not convinced to get GCP Certified? 🙂
Post bellow which of those you like the most! I am curious which one you chose!
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