Career Readiness: Associate Cloud Engineer Track - Student FAQs & Resources









Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #1 Slides
Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #2
Contact your Associate Cloud Engineer track faculty coach for questions that are not answered by the Student FAQ.


What are the prerequisites for joining the Associate Cloud Engineer track?
Familiarity with the following topics is helpful for success in the Associate Cloud Engineer track:

  • Operating systems
  • File systems
  • The IP networking stack
  • How web browsers and web servers communicate
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Working with Linux at the command line
  • Editing text files from the Linux command line

What do I learn in the Associate Cloud Engineer track Program?
Architecting with Google Cloud Platform: Infrastructure specialization

Cloud Architecture Quest

Where can I find extra practice materials?
  • Practice with more hands-on labs on topics and services related to Google Cloud Platform infrastructure on Qwiklabs.
What is the timeline for the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?
Student Milestones (You can race ahead of the timeline!):
  • Week 2: Complete course #1, GCP Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure
  • Week 3: Complete course #2, Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation
  • Week 4: Complete course #3, Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services
  • Week 5: Complete course #4, Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation
  • Week 7: Complete course #5, Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Containers and Services
  • Week 9: Complete course #6, Reliable Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process
  • Week 11: Complete Cloud Architecture Quest
  • Week 16: Complete practice with additional Qwiklabs
  • Complete Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam before voucher expiration date
Will I continue to have access to Coursera after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends?
You will not have access to the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform specialization after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends. Make sure to download PDFs from the Resources section for each course as you go through the training.


How do I get started with the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?

If you've been invited to join a Associate Cloud Engineer track learning program, you’ll either get:

  • An email invitation with the subject line Associate Cloud Engineer track + Coursera (check your spam filter if you don't see it).
  • A direct link from a your faculty lead (upon request)

Follow the link in the email or from your faculty to begin setting up your account with this learning program. You'll also need to confirm your email address before you're able to join the program.

After you've joined the program, you will see the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform specialization. Click on it, click START for the first course, Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure.

Related Resources:

How do I access the Associate Cloud Engineer track program on Coursera?
To access your learning program courses & dashboard:

  • Log into your Coursera account at
  • In the upper left next to the Coursera logo, click the drop-down menu
  • Switch to the program with the title that begins with Google Cloud EDU, as shown in the screenshot
  • To open a course in a learning program, click the name of that course
  • To return to your general Coursera account, click the drop-down menu and click My Coursera



What if I have trouble with multiple Google accounts and Qwiklabs?
Avoid account confusion with private browsing.
Log in to Coursera in Incognito mode before starting. By using incognito mode, this ensures that you don't accidentally use your own Google account (including Gmail) while accessing the Google Cloud Console. This also prevents Qwiklabs from logging you out of your own Google accounts.

Detailed instructions for using Incognito mode in Google Chrome are available here. Depending on your browser, Incognito mode might also be called Private Browsing or InPrivate Browsing.
To ensure lab completion is marked in Coursera:
  1. Access each individual lab by clicking Open Tool in Coursera: open-tools
  2. Complete the lab in Qwiklabs.
  3. Click End Lab in Qwiklabs: end-lab
  4. Close the Qwiklabs browser window or tab.
How do I proceed if Coursera displays a message saying that my session has not yet started?

You might see a message in Coursera indicating that an item will be unlocked after a particular session begins.

Check the Coursera user interface for a button titled Join a Session, or Switch Sessions, or Reset Deadlines. Click the button to continue learning.

Note: Resetting deadlines in the Coursera user interface does not reset the overall Associate Cloud Engineer track end date.

What should I do if I have not received my Specialization completion certificate from Coursera?

If you have not received your Specialization completion certificate, please follow the steps below to receive the certificate:
  1. Login to Coursera.
  2. Open this Specialization URL in the same browser window.
  3. Click Enrollment Options and then click Enroll.


How do I find help to problems?

  • Check the other Support questions in this FAQ for step-by-step instructions to common tasks and troubleshooting information.
  • Contact your faculty member or mentor for additional help.
  • To troubleshoot on your own: