Eligibility and FAQs

Learn more about how to apply for and use Google Cloud Platform credits and discounts.

Eligibility criteria

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  • Eligibility for United States

    Teachers and faculty at universities that are regionally accredited and teaching courses.

  • Eligibility for international countries

    Teachers and faculty at higher learning institutions and universities that can award degrees, are teaching courses, and located in a country listed below:

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • India
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    Please note that credits are granted at Google's discretion. Google reserves the right to not grant credits and change the criteria for granting credits at any time. If you are not a faculty member, or you are a faculty member in a country not listed above, you can still express your interest. Opt in for communications from us and we'll send you information about other credit programs and news from Google Cloud Platform.

About the program

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  • What are the qualification requirements for the Google Cloud Platform credits program?

    Currently, the program provides credits for courses within regionally accredited programs in the US. Outside of the US, the program provides credits for courses at higher learning institutions and universities that award degrees in the countries listed above. The program does not support for-profit institutions.

    Applicant must provide URLs to provide proof of the following:

    • Applicant is on the faculty of the school
    • Email address on the application is applicant’s official school address

    We understand that some schools may not make all of this information available online. If this is the case, we will send an email requesting that someone whose information is publicly available at the school will validate the missing information. Without verification, we will not be able to approve the credit request.

    As the program grows, we hope to expand to other countries. Please apply or indicate interest and we'll stay in touch.

  • When can Google Cloud Platform credits be used?

    Google Cloud Platform credits can be used for one year after the course start date for any eligible courses.

  • Is there a limitation on what these credits can be used for?

    Yes. It is the intent of the program that the credits are used by students to learn about how to use the cloud. Students should be able to access GCP resources themselves. The credits must be used for the course for which the application was submitted. The credits can be used for most products in Google Cloud Platform. The credits can not be used for Maps Platform products. The credits cannot be for personal use.

    There is also a limit to the number of projects and CPUs a user can have. Please contact us if you need an increase in the number of projects. Most other quotas can be increased by following the instructions here.

    By default, GPUs are not enabled for projects, but you can request them following the instructions here.

  • Who can apply for the Google Cloud Platform credits program?

    Only faculty members in qualifying countries who are teaching courses which meet the requirements mentioned can apply. Assistants who wish to use GCP should have the professor of record apply for the course. However, we do welcome others to submit an interest form.

    Qualifying countries

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • India
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

Application process

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  • How do I apply for the Google Cloud Platform credits program?

    Faculty members can apply on our online our online form.

  • What is the deadline date for applications?

    We will accept applications on an ongoing basis. However, we will not approve courses that begin more than one calendar year from the date of your application.

  • How long will it take for my application to be reviewed and approved?

    In general, we review and make decisions on applications within a few business days.

    You may be contacted by our team to discuss your application to ensure we have all of the needed information to make a decision on your application. Be sure you can receive email from CloudEduGrants@google.com.

    If there are any urgent requests, please feel free to email CloudEduGrants@google.com.

  • If approved, what are the next steps to get the credits for the program?

    If approved, the faculty member will receive two notifications by email, one for the student credits and one for the TA and staff credits. We highly recommend that professors redeem the staff and TA coupon codes immediately to ensure there are no issues.

    Student Credits: The email regarding student credits will contain a URL where students can request a coupon code (limit is one per student email address). It is the responsibility of the faculty member to distribute the URL to the students so they can request a coupon.

    Staff and TA Credits: The email regarding staff and TA credits will contain the actual coupon codes. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to distribute the coupon codes to whomever needs them. A person may redeem up to three coupons per course and they must be used for the course which they applied for.

  • Can a faculty member apply for more than one credit under the Google Cloud Platform credits program to cover multiple classes/groups?

    Yes. Each course needs its own submission so we can review the information about the course. A faculty member can combine multiple sections of the same course in one term in a single request. If a faculty member would like separate student URLs for the different course sections, we advise you to submit each section as its own course. A faculty member can submit up to 3 courses on a single application.

Credits and coupon administration

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  • Do I need to enter any credit card information to redeem these credits in Google Cloud Platform?

    No. If you or your students are prompted for credit card information, you are likely using the Free Trial instead of the credits program. If you run out of credit and need additional coupons issued, please contact CloudEduGrants@google.com.

    For more information, check out the Receiving and Redeeming Coupons guide.

  • What is the value of the coupons which we will be receiving?

    Student coupons will have a value of $50 USD and faculty and staff coupons will have a value of $100 USD.

  • What can I do with $50 in Google Cloud Platform?

    As of 24 July 2018, $50 will give 2 months of an n1-standard-1 machine running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But typically cloud resources only need to be active when they are in use, so for classwork, you can get more, such as:

    • An f1-micro instance running 4 hours a day, 7 days a week costs approximately $1 a month.
    • 100 GB of persistent disk costs approximately $4 a month.
    • OCR of 1,000 images using the Vision API cost approximately $1.50 (with the first 1,000 free).
    • Label detection of 1,000 images using the Vision API cost approximately $1.50 (with the first 1,000 free).
    • Translation of one million characters costs approximately $20. This fee is prorated for the actual number of characters translated.
    • App Engine provides numerous resources in the free tier for no cost per month.

    For more details and current prices, see the Google Cloud Platform Pricing Calculator. There is a free tier that provides many services at no cost. For example, the free tier includes one f1-micro instance per month with a 30 MB HDD.

  • When can students start accessing the URL to get coupons?

    Coupons can be requested from the URL as soon as it’s provided to you. As a reminder, TA and staff coupons are provided directly as part of the approval email.

  • For how long can the coupons be redeemed (e.g. claimed for credit in Google Cloud Platform)?

    Coupons can be redeemed up to 16 weeks after the start date of a course as indicated on the application form.

  • How long do the credits last?

    The credits will be available for use in your Google Cloud Platform account for 12 months after the start date of a course as indicated on the application form.

  • How many coupons can be redeemed by one person?

    Any single user can only redeem up to three coupon codes per course. In addition, students can only request one coupon code per course. Faculty members who need additional coupons for students can contact the GCP EDU Grant Team for assistance at CloudEduGrants@google.com.

  • Can a student get more than one coupon if they are in multiple classes?

    Yes, a student can get more than one coupon if they are in multiple classes.

  • If I already applied the coupon to an account, can I apply it to a different account instead?

    No, once you apply the coupon to an account, you cannot transfer the coupon to a different account. However, you can fund projects in another account using the Billing Account created from the coupon. Here's a link for further information on modifying Billing Accounts for a project and a guide on Troubleshooting Account Issues.

  • What if a student runs out of money in their GCP account from their redeemed coupon?

    There is a retrieval limit of one coupon per student per course (the URL will not allow a student to download any further coupons). The student will need to contact the faculty member administering the course to have them obtain a second coupon from the URL directly, or request a second coupon from the GCP credits program team by emailing CloudEduGrants@google.com.

    Check out this guide for more information on Monitoring Billing Accounts.

  • What if a course runs out of credits (i.e., there are no more coupons available but not all students got one, or more coupons are needed for the students)?

    If it's apparent the entire class will need more credit, a faculty member can request more credits by contacting us at CloudEduGrants@google.com. Information is available about creating billing alerts and tracking usage in this document.

  • Will all of the credit be available to use within Google Cloud Platform once the coupon is redeemed?

    Yes, the full coupon value will be available.

  • What happens when all of the credits I have in Google Cloud Platform are used up?

    Nothing specifically occurs other than you will no longer be able to use Google Cloud Platform. VMs that are running will be stopped. Storage, including VM disks, will exist for 30 days and then be removed. For more detailed information, please see the documentation located here for the Free Trial program as the experience will be the same.

Other questions

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  • I can’t access Google Cloud Platform with my school account. What might be the issue?

    There are two potential issues:

    You need a Google account to access Google Cloud Platform. If your school address is not part of G Suite for Education, use a Gmail account. If you do not have one, please go to this site to create a Gmail account.

    If your school is on a G Suite for Education domain, the Google Developer Console needs to be turned on by the IT Administrator for your G Suite domain. Please reference this site for instructions. If your administrators will not turn on Developer Options, your students can still use Gmail addresses to access GCP.

    Check out the guide to Enable GCP on your G Suite Domain.

  • My student can't create projects using their school email address.

    Students will need a school-branded email address that contains your school’s domain in order to receive a coupon. This helps to ensure that only students from your school—and not simply anyone with the credits program URL—are accessing your coupons.

    Once students have received a coupon, they can apply it to any Google account (which may be a Gmail or G Suite for Education account). Students can use this account to log in to the Cloud Console and access the cloud.

    In some cases, these two accounts are the same. For example, if you're at a G Suite for Education school, the student email address is already a Google account, and so it can be used to log into the Cloud Console. However, your G Suite for Education administrator will have to turn on the Google Developer Console for students. This can be found within Additional Google services. If you are not sure that this option has been turned on, it is much safer to use a Gmail account.

  • How can I get started? What resources are available?

    Visit our Student Resources and Faculty Resources pages for more information about credits, training including Coursera and Qwiklabs credits, case studies, and collections of resources for specific courses. For more specific issues related to using GCP in the classroom, we have a community of almost 900 credit recipients where you can share questions and ideas. You will be invited to join when you are approved for a credit. Faculty often share resources in that community.

  • What is the difference between the Google Cloud Platform credits program and the Google Cloud Platform Free Trial Program?

    The Google Cloud Platform credits program was designed to meet the specific needs of higher education users, which includes benefits such as: not needing a credit card to get started (limiting issues with overspending), flexibility on the credit amounts granted and expiry dates, and support across courses and semesters. Additionally, there are specific documentation and resources, such as an online faculty community, which are unique to this higher education program.

  • What is the best way to manage/view each student's work?

    Students can add professors as an Owner on a project they have created in GCP under the IAM section (follow these instructions).

    You may also want to check out the guide for Billing and Team Projects, as well as a guide for Debugging Student Problems.

  • Who should I contact if I have any questions?

    For any additional questions, please contact CloudEduGrants@google.com.

Program details and eligibility

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  • What are the eligibility requirements for the GCP research credits program?

    Applicant must be a researcher at a regionally accredited academic institution in the United States, or degree granting institution in one of the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • India
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    We do not support for-profit institutions. We hope to expand to other geographies. If you are ineligible to apply for the program today, please complete the interest form.

  • What can Google Cloud Platform credits awarded through this program be used for?

    GCP credits can be used for most computing services on Google Cloud Platform such as storage, compute, and data analysis. The credits can not be used for Maps Platform products. Credits may not be used for Google Cloud support packages. Credits must only be used for research described in the proposal section of your application. If you would like GCP credits for classroom teaching, please visit the Google Cloud Platform for Education credits website.

    Limitations: GCP credits may not be used to engage in mining cryptocurrency. Please note that credits are awarded at Google's discretion. Google reserves the right to not grant credit awards, revoke credit awards, and to change the qualifying criteria at any time.

  • How much are the credit awards?

    Awards are worth $5,000 USD in GCP credits. If your pilot or use case requires more than $5,000 USD in credits you may apply for more within the application form.

  • How do I apply to the GCP research credits program?

    Academic researchers can apply using our online application form.

  • Is there a deadline to apply?

    We accept applications on an ongoing basis.

  • How long will it take for my application to be reviewed and approved?

    In general, we review and make decisions on applications within 4-6 weeks. You may be contacted by our team to discuss your application further if necessary. Please indicate any urgent requests or timelines within your application proposal.

  • Can multiple individuals from the same research proposal apply?

    Only one person per research proposal may apply.

  • Can graduate students or PhDs conducting research apply?

    PhD candidates conducting research may apply for $1000 in GCP Credit. Graduate students are not eligible for research credits.

  • Can I apply for GCP credits multiple times for different research projects or proposals?

    Individuals may submit multiple applications for different research proposals, however each applicant is eligible for only one award per year. Please note that credits are awarded at Google’s discretion and not all applications may be supported.

  • Does Google prioritize certain research areas over others (e.g., Computer Science over English Literature)?

    No, the GCP research credit program is open to any field of academic research. We see value in supporting and learning from many fields of research.

  • What GCP Terms of Service apply to my use of GCP services?

    If you have a current GCP account through your educational institution, the Terms of Service negotiated between your institution and Google will continue to apply, as before. If you do not have a pre-existing GCP account through your educational institution and must create a new account to access GCP services, the Terms of Service you must click-to-accept govern your use of GCP.

  • What does pricing look like for Google Cloud Platform?

    For current prices, see the Google Cloud Platform Pricing Calculator.

  • Do credit awards expire?

    Credit awards must be redeemed within 60 days of the project start date indicated in the application form. If project start date is in the past, credit awards must be redeemed within 60 days of the date of award. Credit awards expire 180 days from the coupon redemption date, or when the credit amount has been fully used, whichever comes first.

  • How should I disclose that I received GCP credits in my research if I receive and use GCP credits?

    You should acknowledge the connection between your project and your use of Google Cloud Platform via a research credit, with a statement like the following: “This material is based upon work supported by Google Cloud.”

  • How does the GCP research credits program differ from Google Faculty Research Awards?

    The GCP research credits program provides credits for researchers to use Google Cloud Platform services such as cloud storage, compute, and data analysis. Credits can only be used with GCP products and services.

    On the other hand, Google Faculty Research Awards recognize and support faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest. Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to universities.

  • What is the GCP Credits for Learning program?

    The GCP Credits for Learning program provides teaching faculty in accredited institutions with credits to use GCP with their students in course curriculum and projects.

  • What documentation or training is available?

  • Who should I contact if I have any questions?

    For any additional questions, please contact gcpresearchcredits@google.com.

Eligibility

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  • Eligibility for United States

    Teachers and faculty at universities that are regionally accredited. Google is excited to provide institution(s) with participation in the program, including Google Cloud training and certification for faculty, valued at $450 per individual. This is not a gift to any specific individual; rather, it is a donation to the institution.

    As a reminder, Alphabet companies may be vendors and/or lobbyist employers and employees of Alphabet companies may be registered lobbyists. If institution(s) cannot accept this gift or if accepting the gift would prevent Alphabet companies from supplying products or services to institution(s), please notify us and we will arrange for you to be removed from the Program.

  • Eligibility for international countries

    Teachers and faculty at accredited learning institutions and universities in the following countries are eligible to apply.

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    If you are not a faculty member, or you are a faculty member in another country, you can still express interest. Opt in for communications from us and we'll send you information about other credit programs and news from Google Cloud Platform.

    Please note that credits are granted at Google's discretion. Google reserves the right to not grant credits and change the criteria for granting credits at any time.

Faculty FAQs & Program Materials

Program materials

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Program FAQs

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  • What are the goals of the Associate Cloud Engineer track?

    As a coach, within the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline:

    • Conduct weekly student mentoring sessions and Associate Cloud Engineer track study jams
    • Ensure that all students complete the Architecting with GCP specialization on Coursera within the recommended timeline
    • Ensure that all students prepare and take the Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam

    As a learner, within the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline:

    • Complete the Architecting with GCP specialization on Coursera
    • Finish extra practice with Qwiklabs
    • Take advantage of 50% discount on Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam

    Note: You and your students can go faster than the prescribed timeline!

  • When does the Associate Cloud Engineer track start?

    We accept applications on a rolling basis. Only verified Faculty may apply. Once the program is set up in Coursera, faculty may begin inviting students immediately.

  • What do my students and I learn in the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?

    Architecting with Google Cloud Platform: Infrastructure specialization on Coursera: Explore and deploy solution elements, including infrastructure components such as networks, systems, and applications services. Explore the courses in this specialization

    Cloud Engineering Quest: Practice with hands-on lab on topics and services that appear in the Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer certification. Learn more about the labs

  • What are the prerequisites for joining the Associate Cloud Engineer track as a learner?

    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
  • Does the Architecting with GCP Specialization cover everything in the Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam?

    The training provides a solid foundation to prepare 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 Qwiklabs.

    Review the exam guide and available training courses
    Cloud Engineering Quest
    GCP Essentials Quest
    Documentation
  • Will I continue to have access to Coursera after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends?

    You will not have access to the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform specialization after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends. Make sure to download PDFs from the Resources section for each course as you go through the training.

    Your access to Coursera expires in 6 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.

  • Is there a checklist to get started with the Associate Cloud Engineer track?

    Follow the checklist below to get started with the Associate Cloud Engineer track:

    • Invite new students to your Associate Cloud Engineer Track program
    • Attend Associate Cloud Engineer Track onboarding session
    • Identify venue and time for Study Jam: Getting Started With the Associate Cloud Engineer Track
    • Email all students and share Study Jam event details
    • Complete the Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infra course before Study Jam: Getting Started With the Associate Cloud Engineer Track
    • Review materials for Study Jam: Getting Started With the Associate Cloud Engineer Track
    • Run the study jam
    • Share study jam materials with students
    • Follow the recommended timeline for Associate Cloud Engineer Track to conduct additional study jams and lead students to completion
  • What should I do to organize a study jam?

    1. Find a venue. You will need a venue which has:

      • Internet connection for facilitator and students (wifi or ethernet).
      • Chairs and tables. Attendees will be using their laptops.
      • Power outlets.
      • A projector that the facilitator can use to share their screen with the attendees.
    2. Invite your students to the study jam. Here is a sample message:

      We are looking forward to seeing you at the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam session at

      • Laptop -- Mac, PC, Chromebook, or Linux with the latest version of Firefox or Chrome browser.
      • Laptop charger.

        Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!
    3. Conduct the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam.

    4. Send follow-up email to students. Email students links to the Associate Cloud Engineer track study jam materials and any additional resources.
  • What should I do to organize an Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #2 and #3?

    1. Find a venue. You will need a venue which has:

      • Internet connection for facilitator and students (wifi or ethernet).
      • Chairs and tables. Attendees will be using their laptops.
      • Power outlets.
      • A projector that the facilitator can use to share their screen with the attendees.
    2. Invite your students to the study jam. Here is a sample message:

      We are looking forward to seeing you at the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam session at

      • Laptop -- Mac, PC, Chromebook, or Linux with the latest version of Firefox or Chrome browser.
      • Laptop charger.

        At the Cloud Study Jam, we’ll use a tool called “Qwiklabs,” a Google training product. If you have used Qwiklabs before, great! Make sure you know your password. If you have never used Qwiklabs before, save time by creating an account for yourself prior to the class at: https://google.qwiklabs.com/users/sign_up (creating an account is free). At the Cloud Study Jam, we will give you a link for free Qwiklabs access. Make sure you check the opt-in box for promos! That makes you eligible for additional free access after you complete the first series of labs.

        Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!
    3. Conduct the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam.

    4. Send follow-up email to students. Email students links to the Associate Cloud Engineer track study jam, materials and any additional resources.
  • Can I view recordings of the faculty onboarding session?

  • Can I change or cancel my application once it has been submitted?

    No, you cannot edit your application once it has been submitted. If you would like to update or cancel an application please email acecircuit@google.com.

  • Can faculty add other faculty members or admin assistants as learners?

    No, faculty cannot add other faculty members or admin assistants as learners.

Student management

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  • How do I access the Associate Cloud Engineer track program on Coursera?

    • Open the Admin dashboard.
    • From the program list, select the program with the title that begins with “Google Cloud EDU”.
  • How do I invite eligible students to the Coursera program for the Associate Cloud Engineer track?

    • Open the Associate Cloud Engineer track program and view the Invitations tab.
    • To add individual students, enter the full name and email address. Click Send Invitation.
    • To import members (students) using a CSV file:
      • Create a spreadsheet with the following column names: Full Name, Email, External Id
        • Provide full name and email address of each student. External Id is optional.
      • Download the student data as a CSV file
      • Click Import Members and follow the instructions in the Coursera dialogs
    Coursera: invite people to your program
  • What if a student cannot find or receive an email invitation?

    If a student is not able to find their email invitation due to spam filtering or other issues, you can send the student a direct URL to the program invitation page. To find the program URL:

    • Open the Associate Cloud Engineer track program in Coursera and view the Settings tab.
    • Copy and paste the Program URL
    • Share this URL with the student directly and they will have access as long as they are logged into Coursera using the email address registered with the program.
  • How can I check the progress of students?

    Coursera: Enterprise Help Center
  • Can I customize the program name and settings?

    No. It is important that you do not modify the Program Name or Tagline fields. They are for use by the Google program operations team. You can upload your own banner image. If you change the Program Name, the Google team will revert the name back to the original program name assigned.

Certification

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  • What is the duration and location of the certification exam?

    Duration of the certification exam is 2 hours. Certification exams must be taken in-person at a Kryterion Testing Center. When you register for an exam, you can schedule an exam time at a testing center that is convenient for you. Visit the Kryterion Webassessor page to create an account and find a location near you.

    Associate Cloud Engineer certification
    Certification FAQs
    Practice exam
  • How do I apply for certification discount ?

    To be eligible for a certification voucher:

    • You must have completed the Architecting with Google Cloud Specialization on Coursera.
    • You must have completed at least two Qwiklabs quests (if you apply for the voucher after Jan 31, 2020).
    • Check the Associate Cloud Engineer certification page: https://cloud.google.com/certification/cloud-engineer for recommended quests.

    Submit the Application for Certification Voucher. If you meet the eligibility criteria the certification voucher will be emailed to you in 2-3 business days.

Troubleshooting

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  • How do I help students troubleshoot problems?

    Ask students to check their Student FAQ for troubleshooting information. To ask Coursera, file a ticket with clientsupport@coursera.org. As a program administrator, your request will be escalated to the Coursera Learner Services team.

    To troubleshoot on your own:

  • What is the discrepancy between Course Completions and Program Completed statuses?

    In the program administrator dashboard, students are labeled with progress status indicators:

    • Full completion of the specialization is indicated by “6 Completions” – this means the student has enrolled in 6 courses and completed all 6 courses.
    • Do not confuse the “Program Completed” status for course completions. This status indicates that a learner has completed as many courses as they have enrolled in, but they have not enrolled in all courses.
    • For example, one learner with “Program Completed” status has completed 4 courses, but they have not enrolled in all 6 courses.
  • Where can I find more information about Google Cloud Training and Certification?

    For more information about Google Cloud Training and Certification, see:

  • What should I do if I have not received my Specialization completion certificate from Coursera?

    If you have not received your Specialization completion certificate, please follow the steps below to receive the certificate:

    1. Login to Coursera.
    2. Open this Specialization URL in the same browser window.
    3. Click Enrollment Options and then click Enroll.

Student FAQs & Resources

Program materials

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Program FAQs

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  • 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?

    Architecting with Google Cloud Platform: Infrastructure specialization: Explore and deploy solution elements, including infrastructure components such as networks, systems, and applications services. Explore the courses in this specialization.

    Cloud Architecture Quest: Practice with hands-on lab on topics and services that appear in the Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer Certification. Learn more about the labs.

  • Where can I find extra practice materials?

    Qwiklabs

    • Practice with more hands-on labs on topics and services related to Google Cloud Platform infrastructure on Qwiklabs.

    Resources:

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

    Student Milestones (You can race ahead of the timeline!):

    • 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, Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Containers and Services
    • Week 9: Complete course #6, Reliable Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process
    • Week 11: Complete Cloud Architecture Quest
    • Week 16: Complete practice with additional Qwiklabs
    • Complete Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam before voucher expiration date
  • Will I continue to have access to Coursera after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends?

    You will not have access to the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform specialization after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends. Make sure to download PDFs from the Resources section for each course as you go through the training.

My learning

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  • How do I get started with the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?

    If you've been invited to join a Associate Cloud Engineer track learning program, you’ll either get:

    • An email invitation with the subject line Associate Cloud Engineer track + Coursera (check your spam filter if you don't see it).
    • A direct link from your faculty lead (upon request)

    Follow the link in the email or from your faculty lead to begin setting up your account with this learning program. You'll also need to confirm your email address before you're able to join the program.

    After you've joined the program, you will see the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform specialization. Click on it, click START for the first course, Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure.

    Creating a new Coursera account
    Use a Coursera account you already have
    Missing email invitations
  • How do I access the Associate Cloud Engineer track program on Coursera?

    To access your learning program courses & dashboard:

    • Log into your Coursera account at coursera.org
    • In the upper left next to the Coursera logo, click the drop-down menu
    • Switch to the program with the title that begins with Google Cloud EDU
    • To open a course in a learning program, click the name of that course
    • To return to your general Coursera account, click the drop-down menu and click My Coursera
    Support for Coursera Learning Programs
  • What if I have trouble with multiple Google accounts and Qwiklabs?

    Avoid account confusion with private browsing. Log in to Coursera in Incognito mode before starting. Using Incognito mode ensures that you don't accidentally use your own Google account (including Gmail) while accessing the Google Cloud Console. This also prevents Qwiklabs from logging you out of your own Google accounts.

    Detailed instructions for using Incognito mode in Google Chrome are available here. Depending on your browser, Incognito mode might also be called Private Browsing or InPrivate Browsing.

    To ensure lab completion is marked in Coursera:

    1. Access each individual lab by clicking Open Tool in Coursera:
    2. Complete the lab in Qwiklabs.
    3. Click End Lab in Qwiklabs:
    4. Close the Qwiklabs browser window or tab.
  • How do I proceed if Coursera displays a message saying that my session has not yet started?

    You might see a message in Coursera indicating that an item will be unlocked after a particular session begins.

    Check the Coursera user interface for a button titled Join a Session, or Switch Sessions, or Reset Deadlines. Click the button to continue learning.

    Note: Resetting deadlines in the Coursera user interface does not reset the overall Associate Cloud Engineer track end date.

Support

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  • How do I find help to problems?

    • Check the other Support questions in this FAQ for step-by-step instructions to common tasks and troubleshooting information.
    • Contact your faculty member or mentor for additional help.
    • To troubleshoot on your own:

    Coursera: Learner Help Center
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