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.
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.
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.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
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.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
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.
What background knowledge is necessary?
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
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We strongly recommend you take these courses in order, beginning with Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals. This is especially important when completing the Google Codelabs projects, as these hands-on labs build upon the work you complete in preceding courses.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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.
Am I eligible for the Google Cloud Platform free trial?
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/
What if I have already used up my Google Cloud Platform free trial?
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.
How does the free trial work?
View this page for more details: https://cloud.google.com/free-trial/docs/
Is the certificate received after completing a Coursera course or specialization the same as a Google Cloud certification?
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/
I’ve passed all the Coursera courses for the Data Engineering on Google Cloud Platform Specialization. Will I be able to pass the Google Certified Professional Data Engineer certification exam?
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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