This guide provides information and resources to help you prepare for the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Network Engineer certification. It also gives you some tips and recommendations based on the experiences of other network engineers and cloud professionals who are certified in Google Cloud.
This certification has been prepared for network engineers with at least three years of experience managing network components and interfaces on Google Cloud.
If you have experience in hybrid connections, virtual networks, firewalls, load balancers, and managing networks both from the GC console and by command line, this certification is for you.
The main reasons for taking and obtaining this certification are:
To achieve this certification, you have to pass just one exam:
Your preparation for the exam should look like this:
Remember that the key here is to look beyond the technologies separately to how they connect with each other to offer an adequate service in each project.
There are no specific prerequisites, but it is ideal to have at least two to three years of experience connecting networks in the cloud and at least one year using GC for it, either through graphical interface (GC console) and command line.
You should also have a broad understanding of the various services.
Finally, in addition to how to implement each service, make sure you also understand the best practices for these services (scaling, security, hybrid connections, high availability, etc.).
The exam measures the following skills:
For all of these skills, you must be able to explain and answer how to do it through the GC console or command line.
You must also understand and have experimented with the following technologies:
For each of these technologies, in addition to knowing and experimenting with them, be prepared to connect them to build a robust and scalable platform.
As you are studying and preparing for the exam, if you see a detail that seems very specific and you think you'll never see it in a real project or be asked about it on the exam, think again. These exams are very specific, and as a skilled engineer, you must be prepared for any possibility.
Pluralsight has very good courses on each of the technologies mentioned, developed by experts in the industry. All the content relevant to this exam can be found here.
It would also be a good idea to follow Pluralsight's Networking Path to study for this exam because it involves studying many technologies in detail, similar to what you will see on the Professional Cloud Networking Engineer exam.
To help you familiarize yourself with the exam, Google has a practice test to help you understand the complexities and what will be measured on the actual exam.
The benefits of obtaining this certification include:
According to Ziprecruiter, the annual salary of a cloud network engineer on average reaches US $100,000, or more if you have additional experience and certifications (like this one).
As mentioned, you can take this certification without having another one as a prerequisite. But if you have never taken a certification exam, I recommend that you start with a less complex exam (Foundation, for example) so that you understand the dynamics of the exam.
Finally, some advice for your certification plan for becoming a GC Cloud Networking Engineer:
Achieving this certification will mean taking a firm step in your professional career, however you want to develop. Congratulate yourself for taking this step, and give your 100% to become a certified and recognized engineer.
I wish you a lot of success in becoming a GC Professional Cloud Networking Engineer!