Certification Study Group - Pro Cloud Database Engineer - Informal Session #3

GDG Cloud Boston

Certification Workshop for Google Certified Professional Cloud Database Engineer

Jul 23, 10:00 PM – Jul 24, 12:00 AM

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About this event


GDG Cloud Boston and GDG Atlanta are pleased to present a series of workshops aimed at helping developers become a Google Certified Professional Cloud Database Engineer.

This first organizational meeting will describe the benefits of the program and help developers decide if it is right for them.

The workshop series will consist of 12 sessions. The first organizational meeting will describe the benefits of the program and help developers decide if it is right for them. Six of the sessions, to be held every other week, will feature formal presentations tied to the Skills Boost Database Engineer Learning path https://www.cloudskillsboost.google/paths/22

In between the 6 formal sessions, we will have informal Office Hours meetings.

Some of the sessions will include guest lectures from a Google Developer Expert in this field.

This workshop series, and associated Skills Boost training will prepare you to take the exam to become a Google Professional Cloud Database Engineer https://cloud.google.com/learn/certification/cloud-database-engineer

If you are interested in becoming a Google Professional Data Engineer, this is not the correct series for you. See the upcoming workshop series being offered by GDG Cloud Bloomington-Normal https://gdg.community.dev/gdg-cloud-bloomington-normal/

Level of effort expected

Participants with appropriate background should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on Skills Boost training, in addition to the scheduled meetings. Substantial effort beyond attending the weekly meetings is required in order to reach the skill level required to pass the certification exam.

Program benefits

  • It's free!
  • Sessions will be led by cloud trainers with decades of experience designing, building and operating databases, pipelines, and cloud architecture
  • Free access to Google's Skills Boost learning platform for the duration of the series
  • Office Hours sessions will provide access to numerous Google Champion Innovator and Google Developer Experts
  • Access to a dedicated slack workspace that enable interactions with peers
  • Vouchers to pay for the Certification exam may be available for those who attend at least 1/2 of the 6 formal sessions and complete the entire set of Skills Boost labs in this learning path. Note: It is not easy to complete ALL of the labs, some of the Challenge labs are very difficult. Availability of vouchers is subject to Google providing them to GDG Cloud Boston.


Prerequisites for starting this series should include 2 or more of the following. Those not meeting the recommended prerequisites should consult with the session leaders prior to joining. Additional effort beyond the typical 10-12 hours per week will be needed if prerequisites are not met.

  • Substantial interest in operating a database in the cloud using Cloud SQL or migrating a database to Google Cloud
  • Prior certifications, either Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect or Google Certified Professional Data Engineer
  • 1 year experience with Google Cloud
  • 1 year with a database product such as MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, or SQL Server or some type of NoSQL data store.

Weekly Calendar - Sessions Overview

  • June 11 - Informational meeting - Is this the right certification for you?
  • June 18 Formal Session #1 Intro to Skills Boost, Intro to our Slack workspace, Complete the Cloud Fundamentals course, Begin the Enterprise Database Migration course
  • June 25 Informal Session #1 - Office Hours, AUA (Ask Us Anything) and Lightning talks
  • July 2 Formal Session #2
  • July 9 Informal Session #2 - Office Hours, AUA (Ask Us Anything) and Lightning talks
  • July 16 Formal Session #3
  • July 23 Informal Session #3 - Office Hours, AUA (Ask Us Anything) and Lightning talks
  • July 30 Formal Session #4
  • August 6 Informal Session #4 - Office Hours, AUA (Ask Us Anything) and Lightning talks
  • August 13 Formal Session #5
  • August 20 Informal Session #5 - Office Hours, AUA (Ask Us Anything) and Lightning talks
  • August 27 Formal Session #6 Sample questions - exam tips - Series wrap-up

Our Slack Workspace

https://tinyurl.com/rgdc-slack Register (first time only)

https://tinyurl.com/rgdc-slack-pcde Channel for this workshop series

Meet Your Session Leaders

Norbert Kremer, Ph.D. has been designing, building and running database systems for more than 25 years. Recent work has focused on large data warehouse and data lake systems built on analytic data platforms. Norbert is a cloud trainer on the faculty at TDWI, where he teaches a highly rated course on cloud data platforms together with colleague Richard Winter, and other courses. Norbert has been working in Google Cloud since 2017, he holds numerous Google Cloud certifications, including Professional Cloud Database Engineer and is a Google Champion Innovator and is a long-time organizer at GDG Cloud Boston. Norbert is a FinOps Foundation community member, holds multiple FinOps certifications and increasingly works as a FinOps consultant on projects to help clients optimize cloud spend on large analytic database systems, including those built on Google BigQuery, Snowflake and Databricks.

Jessica Rudd, Ph.D. is currently based in Atlanta, GA. Jessica brings 15 years of experience in analytics, more recently specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence software development.

Jessica’s expertise includes the development of end-to-end machine learning pipelines, enterprise-grade software development, high-quality synthetic data generation, data security, privacy, and compliance regulations, AI ethics, applied statistics, sports analytics, and healthcare technology.

Jessica holds a PhD in analytics and data science from Kennesaw State University and a Masters in Public Health & Global Epidemiology from Emory University.


  • Norbert Kremer

    Google Cloud Database Engineer, FinOps Consultant, Google Cloud Trainer

  • Jessica Rudd

    Intuit Mailchimp

    Senior Data Engineer


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  • Lukas Karlsson


    GDG Organizer

  • Joe Lust


    GDG Organizer

  • Norbert Kremer

    Analytics By Design

    Cloud Solution Architect

  • Roya Kandalan

    Team Member

  • Uyanga (Melody) Jung

    Data Scientist

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