Google launched new IT certification, circumventing four-year colleges

, Spencer Irvine, 1 Comment

Google, a multibillion-dollar corporation, recently introduced a second certificate program; this time, focusing on Python and IT automation. Python is a programming language and, according to Inside Higher Ed, Google’s latest certification would be the second certificate launched by the corporation since 2018. Its 2018 certificate focused on IT support.

The corporation, located in Silicon Valley in northern California, said that this certificate was a response to Python’s increasing demand in the workforce. A news release said, “Python is now the most in-demand programming language, and more than 530,000 U.S. jobs, including 75,000 entry-level jobs, require Python proficiency.”

Google’s 2018 certificate required participants to complete five online courses on Coursera. This time, it appeared that the second certificate will also be offered online. Google projects that it will take participants at least six to eight months to complete and the program costs $49 per month.

The corporation also reported that over 100,000 people enrolled in the courses and 84% of participants who completed the coursework had said the certification impacted on their careers. Along with grant money from a workforce non-profit, Google offers the certificates online at community colleges. Google plans on expanding the availability of the certificates to more community colleges to 100 by the end of 2020.