I have been a user of Google’s products for so many years, from Search to Map, from Gmail to Drive. I started exploring more educational materials from Google in 2019 to upskill myself in the digital rainforest. I received a free Google Analytics certification for my efforts.
If you are looking for Google courses on Class Central, you will find Google and Google Cloud courses. They are offered via online learning providers such as Coursera or Udacity.
But Google offers more online courses and training programs in different subjects through both their own platforms or third-party platforms, aggregated in their “Grow with Google” platform. A big number of those courses are free and offer a free certification.
So, I decided to look through different Google learning platforms and made a simple list of courses and training programs. Then, I filtered the courses and compiled a list of free Google certifications.
Here is what I found in my research: I identified 600+ free courses with free certifications on different Google learning platforms. Topics include online business, digital marketing, Google analytics, and Google cloud.
You may also want to have a look at some of our other compilations of free certificates and courses, including:
Google Analytics Academy provides 6 courses about Google Analytics, Google Data Studio and Google Tag Manager. Each course includes a series of video content and assessments. After getting a score of 80% or higher on each assessment, you can earn a certificate of completion. Certificates are automatically added to your Google Analytics Academy profile and can be shared on your Linkedin resume.
You can earn a badge for each module separately after passing all assessments. A final certificate is also available once you finish all modules. Badges and certificates will be linked to your profile page.
Free Google Ads Certification
Google Skillshop provides free training programs on Google’s marketing tools, including Google Analytics Academy, Google Ads, Google AdMob, Google Marketing Platform, and more. There are over 25 document-based courses on the platform providing free certificates. Certificates will be automatically added to your profile after passing the assessments of each course.
Free Google Certification from Google Developers Platform
Google Developers Platform Learn is a “one-stop destination” for skills to develop software with Google’s technology. Over 30 pathways with free badges are provided on the platform. Each pathway includes sequential learning materials combined with videos, documents, codelabs, and quizzes. Badges will be shown on your Google Developer Profile after completion.
Qwiklabs provides hands-on experience with lab learning environments on Google Cloud. Different types of learning materials including courses, hands-on labs, and quests on the platform. Most hands-on labs need paid credits but Google periodically provides free limited subscription for learners.
Each of the 500+ hands-on labs provides step-by-step text guidelines on how to deal with a certain task in a temporary Google Cloud environment. After starting the lab, you have to complete the task and tests in a limited time. Then a badge is available on your profile (Welcome to my personal public profile).
A quest is a learning path with a series of related hands-on labs. When you complete a quest, you will receive a badge that will be automatically added to your profile. Here is my public profile as an example.
Each of the 4 free courses includes several modules with video, document, hands-on labs and quizzes. You can earn a badge by completing every activity in the course. Courses are also available for non-English speakers. These are marked as Locales.
With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners.