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Google Cloud Platform Professional Cloud Architect Crash Course

Topic: System Administration
Ryan Dymek

Cloud certifications are ranked as some of the highest paying, highest demand certifications one can achieve in the IT space. According to a recent Forbes article, the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect is the top certification for 2020. This exam validates one’s ability to design and plan a secure, reliable, scalable, and cost friendly cloud solution architecture built on the Google Cloud Platform.

Though not an exam for the faint of heart, this course will prepare you not only with depth of knowledge required to pass the exam, but to also think like a Professional Cloud Architect. Through many different learning styles including live demos and thought-provoking engagements, along with us exploring sample exam questions, learners will gain insight into how Google Cloud works; ultimately preparing you to methodically and confidently address the exam.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • All Google stated objectives of the exam
  • General testing strategies
  • How to think like a cloud architect
  • How to design and plan cloud solutions running in Google Cloud
  • How to manage and provision infrastructure in Google Cloud
  • How to design for security and compliance in Google Cloud
  • How to analyze and optimize technical and business processes for Google Cloud
  • Manage implementations in Google Cloud
  • Ensuring solution and operational reliability in Google Cloud

This training course is for you because...

  • You are a certification exam candidate seeking to hone your skills on the exam topics
  • You are responsible for designing and/or implementing cloud architectures
  • You are a programmer wishing to build well designed applications in Google Cloud
  • You are a solutions architect, security engineer, network engineer, or general IT professional building or designing solutions in Google Cloud
  • You have some basic understanding of Google Cloud and would like to deepen your knowledge
  • You have experience with other cloud vendors such as Azure or AWS and would like to understand how that knowledge may correlate with Google Cloud
  • You are a technical manager overseeing a team who will be building solutions in Google Cloud


  • 6 months+ experience with GCP

Course Set-up

Recommended Preparation

Recommended Follow-up

About your instructor

  • As a consultant Ryan Dymek has been building, designing, and improving cloud solutions for some of the largest companies in the world for more than 10 years. Ryan began working with AWS cloud solutions in 2009 and in 2016 added GCP to his portfolio. Ryan transforms teams and organizations using DevOps principles and solid architectural approaches through a model of culture and “people first” philosophies. Ryan has trained more than 10,000 people over the past 6 years on topics such as DevOps Engineering, security, cost optimization, performance tuning, and operational excellence.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

Segment 0: Intro and about the GCP Exam, what to expect, and what to consider (10 min)

Segment 1: Planning and Designing a Cloud Architecture (90 min)

  • Site Reliability Engineering
  • Best Practices and Business Requirements
  • Changing the “architecting” paradigm
  • Microservices
  • CI/CD Pipelines
  • Migrating vs New Build (Brownfield vs Greenfield)
  • Infrastructure
  • Continual Improvement

Q&A (10 min)

Break (10 min)

Segment 2: Solution Infrastructure (60 min)

  • Networking
  • Storage Systems
  • Compute Options

Segment 3: Analyzing and Optimizing Processes (50 min)

  • Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
  • CI/CD Pipelines
  • Testing and Validating
  • Troubleshooting
  • Business Continuity
  • Change Management
  • Cost Optimization

Q&A and Day 1 Wrap-up (10 min)

Day 2

Segment 4: Security and Compliance (90 min)

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Data Protection
  • Security Controls (Monitoring, Auditing, Logging, and Access Control)
  • Compliance

Segment 5a: Implementing GCP (Part A) (30 min)

  • API Best Practices
  • Microservices & Serverless
  • Tooling for migration

Break (10 min)

Segment 5b: Implementing GCP (Part B) Length (60 min)

  • Interacting with GCP
  • Cloud SDK / Cloud Shell and associated demos
  • gcloud, gsutil, & kubectl and associated demos
  • Build vs Buy

Segment 6: Operational Reliability (30 min)

  • Monitoring, Logging, Alerting
  • Deployment and Release Management
  • Support
  • Quality Control and Assurance

Segment 7: Prepping for your Exam and what to do next (10 min)

Segment 8: Wrap-up and final Q&A (10 min)