What is the Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer?

The Associate Cloud Engineer also commonly referred to as the ACE is the associate level certification by Google Cloud.

They key difference between the Associate Cloud Engineer and the Google Cloud Digital Cloud Leader is that the Associate Cloud Engineer is a hands-on certification requiring you to have hands-on experience with the Google Cloud's core services.


Google Cloud only has a single Associate level certification. This is different compared to AWS which has three, and Azure which has more than six associate level certifications.

Having only a single associate level certification means that you are expected to know more information the compared to say the AWS Solutions Architect Associate.

However the Associate Cloud Engineer better reflects both in role-based title and knowledge closer to entry level jobs into the cloud industry.

What is a Cloud Engineer?

A Cloud Engineer is the most popular a IT/DevOps role within the cloud industry. A Cloud Engineer is an entry level role where you tasked with designing, implement and maintain cloud infrastructure.

This cloud role lets you perform a bit of everything can and from there you can future your cloud career by specializing in an advanced role such as Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer, Data Engineer and many more.

To obtain a cloud role its recommended to hold an associate level certification from a Cloud Servicer Provider (CSPs) like Google Cloud as well as building your cloud project to showcase within your portfolio.

Overview of the Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer

The exam guide divides the exam questions into the following five sections.

  • Section 1. Setting up a cloud solution environment
  • Section 2. Planning and configuring a cloud solution
  • Section 3. Deploying and implementing a cloud solution
  • Section 4. Ensuring successful operation of a cloud solution
  • Section 5. Configuring access and security

How do you get Certified?

Google uses Kryterion as its test center. You can take the exam in-person or online.

There are 50 multiple-choice and multiple-select questions and you have to score 70% to pass

You get 2 hours to complete this course.

The Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer  is $125 USD.

Can I simply watch the videos and pass the exam?

Is it recommended that you complete the labs within your Google Cloud account to ensure you completely understand each concept. Cloud Service Providers often change their UI and the experience can vary based on the region you wish to launch services.

Students that perform labs within their own accounts are more likely to be able to recall information.

Practice exams are strongly recommended after your study course. ExamPro has a full free practice to help you study for the final exam.

Head on over to freeCodeCamp's YouTube channel to start working through the full 6.0 hour course.