About this Specialization

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This online specialization provides participants a hands-on introduction to designing and building data pipelines on Google Cloud Platform. Through a combination of presentations, demos, and hand-on labs, participants will learn how to design data processing systems, build end-to-end data pipelines, analyze data and derive insights. The course covers structured, unstructured, and streaming data. This course teaches the following skills: • Design and build data pipelines on Google Cloud Platform • Lift and shift your existing Hadoop workloads to the Cloud using Cloud Dataproc. • Process batch and streaming data by implementing autoscaling data pipelines on Cloud Dataflow • Manage your data Pipelines with Data Fusion and Cloud Composer. • Derive business insights from extremely large datasets using Google BigQuery • Learn how to use pre-built ML APIs on unstructured data and build different kinds of ML models using BigQuery ML. • Enable instant insights from streaming data This class is intended for developers who are responsible for: • Extracting, Loading, Transforming, cleaning, and validating data • Designing pipelines and architectures for data processing • Integrating analytics and machine learning capabilities into data pipelines • Querying datasets, visualizing query results and creating reports >>> By enrolling in this specialization you agree to the Qwiklabs Terms of Service as set out in the FAQ and located at: https://qwiklabs.com/terms_of_service <<<

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 10 hours/week


Subtitles: English

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 10 hours/week


Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization


Course 1

Google Cloud Platform Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals

9,004 ratings
1,591 reviews

Course 2

Modernizing Data Lakes and Data Warehouses with GCP

374 ratings
45 reviews

Course 3

Building Batch Data Pipelines on GCP

192 ratings
19 reviews

Course 4

Building Resilient Streaming Analytics Systems on GCP

139 ratings
14 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • This accelerated specialization is designed to be completed in only four weeks. Additionally, our Google Cloud Platform free trial ends after 60 days or when your $300 in credits are used up.

  • One (1) year of experience with one or more of the following:

    • A common query language such as SQL

    • Extract, transform, load activities

    • Data modeling

    • Machine learning and/or statistics

    • Programming in Python

  • We strongly recommend you take these courses in order, beginning with Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals. This is especially important when completing the Qwiklabs projects, as these hands-on labs build upon the work you complete in preceding courses.

  • Upon completion of this Specialization, you'll have the opportunity to share your information directly with Google and Publicis [more partners coming soon] to be considered for open hiring opportunities. You'll also earn a Specialization Certificate to share with your professional network and potential employers.

    Google Cloud Platform is used in a wide variety of environments, all the way from startups to global enterprises. This specialization is designed to help prepare you to implement solutions using Google Cloud Platform in any of these types of environments.

  • To be eligible for the free trial, you will need:

    - Google account (Google is currently blocked in China)

    - Credit card or bank account

    - Terms of service

    Note: There is a known issue with certain EU countries where individuals are not able to sign up, but you may sign up as "business" status and intend to see a potential economic benefit from the trial. More details at: https://support.google.com/cloud/answer/6090602\n\nMore Google Cloud Platform free trial FAQs are available at: https://cloud.google.com/free-trial/

    For more details on how the free trial works, visit our documentation page: https://cloud.google.com/free-trial/docs/

  • If your current Google account is no longer eligible for the Google Cloud Platform free trial, you can create another Google account. Your new Google account should be used to sign up for the free trial.

  • View this page for more details: https://cloud.google.com/free-trial/docs/

  • No, the certificate received is a Coursera coursework completion certificate and not an official Google Cloud certification. To receive a Google Cloud certification you need to pass a Google Cloud certification exam which must be taken in-person at an official testing center. More information available here: https://cloud.google.com/certification/

  • Taking courses is a great way to familiarize yourself with the various components of Google Cloud Platform; however, actual real-world, hands-on experience is the best preparation for certification. Combine these courses and work experience and you are on your way to certification.

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