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[2021] 600+ Google Free Certificates and Badges

We explore Google courses and training programs and provide a list of courses with free certificates.

Having been a user of Google’s products for so many years, from Search to Map, from Gmail to Doc, I started exploring more educational materials from Google in 2019 to upskill myself in the digital rainforest. 

If you are looking for Google courses on Class Central, you will find Google and Google Cloud courses that 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 by its “Grow with Google” platform. A big number of those courses are free and offer a free certificate.

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 courses with free certificates from Google.

Here is what I found: In my research, I identified 600+ free courses with free certificates and badges on different Google learning platforms. Topics include online business, digital marketing, Google analytics, Google cloud.

(You may also want to have a look at our Massive List of Thousands of Free Certificates and Badges offered by MOOC platforms, universities, companies, and nonprofits worldwide.)

Google Analytics Academy

Certificate of Google Analytics for Beginners

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.

Google Analytics for Beginners
Advanced Google Analytics
Google Analytics for Power Users
Getting Started With Google Analytics 360
Introduction to Data Studio
Google Tag Manager Fundamentals

Google Digital Garage

Sample certificate of Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Google Digital Garage provides over 150 free courses in digital skills. 20+ courses are provided by Google. The course Fundamentals of digital marketing by Google provides a free certificate. There are 26 modules in the course and each module includes videos and assessments. 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.  

Google Skillshop

Certificate of Search Ads 360 Certification Exam

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.

Google Ads Display Certification
Google Ads Search Certification
Google Ads Video Certification
Shopping Ads Certification
Google Ads Apps Certification
Google Ads – Measurement Certification
Search Ads 360 Certification Exam
Campaign Manager Certification Exam
Creative Certification Exam
Display & Video 360 Certification Exam
Google Analytics Individual Qualification
Optimize your Display & Video 360 campaign
Optimize performance in Search Ads 360
Search Ads 360 Mobile Basics
Studio Basics
Google My Business
YouTube Music Certification
YouTube Music Rights Management Certification
YouTube Asset Monetization 
YouTube Content Ownership
Drive Advertising Revenue with Google Ad Manager
Waze Ads Fundamentals
Get Started with Google AdMob
Authorized Buyers API Basics
Manage campaigns in Search Ads 360

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.

Use Apps Script in Google Workspace
Build, containerize, and deploy Spring Boot apps on Google Cloud
Build Actions for Google Assistant
Visualize data on Google Maps Platform
Get started with Google Maps Platform
Improve your website with Web Vitals
Capture media with WebRTC
Engage your web app’s users with push notifications
Build apps with Flutter
Use Spring Boot to quickly create apps for Google Cloud
Accelerate and simplify communications with G Suite
Use Actions on Google to make your home smarter
Implement Material Design in web apps
Implement Material Design with Material Components for Flutter
Follow Material Design guidelines for Android apps in Java
Offer simpler and secure payments with Google Pay
Program neural networks with TensorFlow
Build a custom, responsive chatbot in Google Cloud
Build chatbots with Dialogflow
Build your first web app with Firebase
Add Firebase to your Flutter app
Develop locally with Firebase
Build web apps backed by Cloud Firestore
Message your users with FCM and FIAM on Android
Android Basics: Introduction to Kotlin
Android Basics: Create your first Android app
Android Basics: Build a basic layout
Android Basics: Add a button to an app
Get user input in an app: Part 1
Get user input in an app: Part 2
Navigate between screens
Introduction to the Navigation component
Architecture components
Advanced navigation app examples

Qwiklabs 

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. The most recent one is “Claim 30 days access to Google Cloud labs at no cost”, free until February 28, 2021. After registration, you can initiate a 30-day free subscription of Qwiklab and enroll in the lab for free.

500+ hands-on labs with badges 

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).

Examples:
A Tour of Qwiklabs and Google Cloud
Learning TensorFlow: the Hello World of Machine Learning
Cloud Functions: Qwik Start – Console
Google Cloud Pub/Sub: Qwik Start – Console
Getting Started with BQML

100+ Quests with badges

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.

Examples:
Google Cloud Essentials
Create and Manage Cloud Resources
Baseline: Infrastructure
Baseline: Data, ML, AI
Deploy and Manage Cloud Environments with Google Cloud

4 free courses with free badges

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.

Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Cloud Computing Fundamentals
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Cloud Computing Fundamentals – Locales
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Infrastructure in Google Cloud
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Infrastructure in Google Cloud – Locales
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Data, ML, and AI in Google Cloud
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Networking and Security in Google Cloud – Locales
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Networking and Security in Google Cloud
Google Cloud Computing Foundations: Data, ML, and AI in Google Cloud – Locales

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Rui Ma

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.

Comments 13

  1. George Nii Amoah Odamtten

    Thanks for such a great compilation. Being searching for one and your nailed it. Like the presentation and detail. Hoping to see more

    Reply
  2. Nicolas

    Amazing!

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  3. ami

    so much to learn with not so much time

    Reply
  4. Hoang Viet

    Thank you very much !

    Reply
  5. Palwasha Saif

    This article helped me a lot, Thanks.

    Reply
  6. Md Moaz Ali

    Thanks a lot Google

    Reply
  7. Muhammad Bilal Mohib-ul-Nabi

    Amazing Work.Thank you so much.

    Reply
  8. zayed

    Hi

    But those quest learning path are not free right
    they require credits

    Reply
  9. Opeyemi Olanihun

    This is great! So much to learn. Thanks a lot, Rui!

    Reply
  10. Beatric Anary

    Awesome and helpful. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  11. Jenny Tailya

    Wow, this was a suggested article from Google because I been looking for things like this for the last month. Scarry! Lots to learn and summer is here! I wish I saw this in Jan.

    Reply
  12. Faiza

    Amazing

    Reply
  13. PRAVEEN RAO

    Wow..thanks for this article..helped a lot..

    Reply

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