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TensorFlow Developer Certification Guide: How to Pass in 2024

Explore TensorFlow certification with this guide. Learn about its importance, preparation, and how DataCamp's courses can help you achieve it.
Updated May 2024  · 8 min read

An Update on The Tensorflow Developer Certificate in 2024

In February 2024, the team at TensorFlow announced that, for the time being at least, they're closing the official TensorFlow Certificate exam while they 'evaluate the next step' in the certificate program. For those who registered for the exam before April 30, 2024, you have until May 31, 2024 to take the exam. Upon passing, your credentials will be valid for three years. 

For posterity's sake, we've kept many of the details of the certification in our article. However, remember that for the time being, you can no longer register for the official TensorFlow Developer Certification.

For those interested in starting their TensorFlow learning journey, DataCamp offers an Introduction to TensorFlow in Python course, covering the fundamentals of neural networks and model building using TensorFlow. This course is ideal for beginners and can be a stepping stone towards TensorFlow certification. You can also explore our Machine Learning Fundamentals with Python skill track to get hands-on with TensorFlow.

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What is TensorFlow Certification?

TensorFlow certification was a certification that helped empower individuals to demonstrate their machine learning expertise in an AI-driven job market. It served as a foundational certificate for students, developers, and data scientists to showcase practical skills in building and training TensorFlow models.

The certification involved an assessment exam created by the TensorFlow team. Successful candidates could join the Certificate Network and publicize their achievements on resumes, GitHub, and social media platforms like LinkedIn. TensorFlow is planning to revamp its certification and introduce more advanced and specialized certificate programs soon.

How Much Does the TensorFlow Developer Certification Cost?

The TensorFlow Developer Certification used to cost $100 per entry, and once you’d paid, you could take the exam at your convenience, although your entry was only valid for six months. However, students could apply for an education stipend from Google to take the course.

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Who Should Pursue the TensorFlow Certificate?

The TensorFlow certification was ideal for anyone seeking to validate their practical machine learning skills using TensorFlow. It was particularly suited for:

  • Students: Embarking on a machine learning career path.
  • Developers: Enhancing existing skills with TensorFlow proficiency.
  • Data scientists: Showcasing practical abilities in TensorFlow model building and training.

The certification acted as a stepping stone for those aspiring to stand out in the AI-driven global job market, offering recognition and networking opportunities through the TensorFlow Certificate Network.

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Preparation for the TensorFlow Certificate

Preparing for the TensorFlow certification involved mastering foundational machine learning concepts and TensorFlow 2.x skills. Key areas included:

  • Foundational ML and Deep Learning Principles: Essential for understanding and applying TensorFlow techniques. Check out our Machine Learning Fundamentals with Python to get started. 
  • Building TensorFlow Models: Proficiency in using TensorFlow for computer vision, convolutional neural networks, and natural language processing.
  • Practical Application Skills: Creating image recognition, object detection, and text recognition algorithms.
  • Real-World Image Analysis: Using diverse image data to understand model processing and evaluation.
  • Overfitting Prevention Strategies: Techniques like augmentation and dropouts to improve model accuracy and reliability.
  • NLP Problem Solving: Applying TensorFlow to natural language processing challenges.

If you’re hoping to improve your TensorFlow skills and want to be ready for the new iteration of TensorFlow certification, there are many resources you can use to get started. To begin with, you’ll need:

  • Introductory Python programming skills
  • Prior machine learning or deep learning knowledge is helpful, but not required
  • A mathematical background in linear algebra, probability, statistics, and calculus is helpful but not required.

DataCamp has an array of resources to help you get TensorFlow certified, including:

You can also check out the book, Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and TensorFlow, 2nd Edition.

The TensorFlow Certification Process

To get certified, there were several steps you needed to take:

Step 1

Review the exam criteria and get up to speed with the various skills you needed to pass the exam.

Step 2

Next, register for the exam. You needed a Gmail account to log in, and you had to upload your picture ID and provide payment information.

Step 3

Before you take the TensforFlow certification, you’ll need to prepare your exam environment. This means installing the TensorFlow Exam plugin using the PyCharm IDE.

Step 4

It’s now time to take and submit the exam. After purchasing the exam, you have six months to actually take the exam. There is a time limit; you will have a maximum of five hours to complete the exam. For those who registered for the exam before April 30, 2024, you have until May 31, 2024 to take the exam.

Step 5

Once you have submitted your exam, it will be graded, and you will be able to review the status of your submission on your Candidate Portal within 24 hours.

Step 6

After passing the exam, you can add the certificate and badge to your resume and public profiles, including GitHub, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and join the TensorFlow Certificate Network to keep in touch with potential recruiters.

Role-Based Certifications at DataCamp

As the tech world develops, the focus has shifted slightly from broad technology-based certifications to more role-centric qualifications. Understanding this shift, DataCamp has introduced role-based certifications that cater to specific job roles, aligning learning paths with the actual skills needed in the workplace.

DataCamp's certification programs are meticulously crafted, covering Python, SQL, and R, and are tailored for distinct career roles. These certifications aren't just comprehensive; they are rigorous, ensuring that the skills tested are indispensable for the respective roles.

  • Data Scientist (Associate & Professional): This certification delves into areas critical for data scientists, including data management, programming, statistical experimentation, exploratory analysis, model development, and effective communication.
  • Data Analyst (Associate & Professional): Designed for data analysts, this certification focuses on skills like data management, exploratory analysis, visualization, analytics fundamentals, and communication.
  • Data Engineer (Associate): Targeting the backbone of data operations, this certification evaluates proficiency in data management, programming specific to data engineering, and exploratory analysis.

DataCamp's role-based certifications provide not just a learning trajectory but also a benchmark, allowing learners to gauge their skills against the evolving demands of the industry.


The TensorFlow certification offers a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about machine learning to validate their skills in a practical and globally recognized format. Although the exam is closed for the time being while the team at TensorFlow evaluates the next steps, preparing the necessary skills is still incredibly useful. What's more, with DataCamp's role-based certifications, you can still ensure you're on the right path for your career.

Whether you're a student, developer, or data scientist, certifications can be a significant milestone in your career. They can test your foundational knowledge and practical skills in machine learning, TensorFlow model building, computer vision, and natural language processing.

To embark on this journey, start with foundational courses like our Introduction to TensorFlow in Python. This course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge in TensorFlow. Begin your learning journey today and take a step towards showcasing your TensorFlow expertise to the world.

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