Free Google Cloud training on edX

The final part of the Google Cloud Computing Foundations Professional Certificate is now available on the edX platform. It looks at managed big data services, machine learning and its value, and how to demonstrate your skills in Google Cloud. You can take this course, as well as the three previous ones, for free by choosing the Audit option.

The Google Cloud Computing Foundations Professional Certificate is designed as an entry-level credential for people with little or no background or experience in cloud computing. It includes four courses that provide a detailed overview of concepts covering cloud basics, big data, and machine learning, and where and how Google Cloud fits in.

Introducing the program for Google Cloud Computing Foundations, the edX blurb tells you what you’ll learn and also paints a very positive picture of job prospects for people with the skills it covers:

  • What is cloud computing and how Google Cloud computing options enable digital transformation.
  • How to store, manage and secure data in the cloud.
  • How to create, secure, and manage network connections between cloud services.
  • How to use machine learning and AI to gather insights and make predictions with data.
  • Build skills to prepare you to train for high-growth cloud jobs.
  • 5.6 million cloud jobs worldwide.
  • Over a million new cloud jobs created in 2022.
  • Cloud professionals can start from $80,000 or more per year in the United States.
  • This course develops basic cloud skills and prepares learners so that they can continue their learning journey to a variety of cloud jobs such as Cloud Administrator, Cloud Developer, Cloud Database Engineer, etc.

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The courses must be taken in the order:

  1. Cloud Computing Fundamentals – 1 week, 5-6 hours
  2. Infrastructure in Google Cloud: 1 week, 5-6 hours
  3. Networking and Security in Google Cloud – 2 weeks, 8-10 hours
  4. Data, ML and AI in Google Cloud: 2 weeks, 8-10 hours

This is the fourth course that became available today and its description reads:

Data is the most important asset in the age of Cloud Computing. This course focuses on the collection, storage and management of big data. It provides an understandable framework structure for data analysis. It also explains how to set up and extensively use machine learning and artificial intelligence using Google Cloud.

Although each of the courses can be audited for free, if you wish to obtain the professional certificate, you will have to pay for all four courses. They’re priced at $99 individually, but signing up on the verified track for the full series upfront saves you 10%, paying $359 instead of $399. While the audit option gives you two weeks of access to the course, the paid registration does not have this time restriction.

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