I recently got certified as an Associate Cloud Engineer by Google, and also realised there are not many resources available that would actually guide you with the preparation and study material, so I decided to contribute with one.
Athough I had some experience with GCP before enrolling for the exam, I was still pretty clueless on getting myself prepared for the certification. So I did some homework, gathered study material, and created a stratergy to manage my time for preparation. I am sharing these information in the blog and it would be helpful for both beginners, as well as, experienced professionals.
It is essential to understand that this is an Associate level certification, where Google would test your knowledge on the very basics of Google Cloud Platform. They need you to be able to use Google Cloud Console and the command-line interface to perform common platform-based tasks to maintain one or more deployed solutions that leverage Google-managed or self-managed services on Google Cloud.
For example, you need to have an understanding of GCP Project Structures, IAM roles and policies, managed services by Google, integration with other cloud or on-premise networks, billing, recommended practices, appropriate GCP service for certain use cases, etc.
Go through the following Exam Guide, which highlights topics you should focus on. This will help you plan your preparation stratergy.
Keep it simple. Iterate.
Instead of going deep into each topic one by one, cover all topics at once and dig deeper going forward with each iteration
The time you want to dedicate for each iteration would depend on your comfort with GCP and time you have for preparation. For example, I had around a month and a half before the exam and I could make use of 2–3 hours on weekdays and around 5 hours on weekends. Although, I already had some exposure to GCP at my workplace, which definately helped me a lot.
It took me a week to go through the course and try out related things on GCP. This would give you an overall picture of what to expect from the examination.
Tip: I would suggest to create notes for information that you may need to go through later on, before the exam.
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Now that you know what to prepare, dig a little more deeper into the topics.
This book is a must to have as it describes the concepts very well, suggests best practices, includes excercises, mentions the small but important details that you need to know. This book would help you prepare exactly in allignment with the exam structure.
Tip: If you need to save a few bucks, go for ebook version for your phone / kindle.
If you have some more time, definately go for other related quests as well.
Tip: While completing the quests, also try to go through the official docs for relavant topics. I referred the docs mostly for IAM and Network related topics. There is a lot of well structured information available on the docs that would help you a lot. It is the best source of learning.
Documentation | Google Cloud
1. Register your account on https://app.efficientlearning.com/ and use the Official Cetification Guide book for registering. You would be able to access all practice questions and tests from the book. There are more than 500 questions available.
2. Get the below practice sets. These are the best practice sets I could find and are pretty similar to the actual exam pattern, including the type of questions from each topic.
Google Certified Associate Cloud Engineer Practice Tests