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.
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 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 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 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. 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).
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.