Vertex AI Model Garden

Learn how to leverage Vertex AI Model Garden, a game-changing machine learning platform, so that you can use enterprise-ready foundation models, task-specific models, and APIs.

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A private training session for your team. Groups can be of any size, at a location of your choice including our training centres.

Vertex AI Model Garden provides enterprise-ready foundation models, task-specific models, and APIs. Model Garden can serve as the starting point for model discovery for various different use cases.

You can kick off a variety of workflows including using models directly, tuning models in Generative AI Studio, or deploying models to a data science notebook. On this course, after being introduced to Vertex AI as a machine learning platform through the lens of Model Garden, you will learn how to leverage pre-trained models as part of your machine learning workflow and how to fine-tune models for your specific applications.

This Vertex AI Model Garden course is available as a private training session that can be delivered via Virtual Classroom or at a location of your choice in South Africa.

Course overview

Who should attend:

This course is ideal for machine learning practitioners who want to leverage models available in Vertex AI Model Garden for various different use cases.

What you'll learn:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the model options available within Vertex AI Model Garden
  • Incorporate models in Vertex AI Model Garden into your machine learning workflows
  • Leverage foundation models for generative AI use cases
  • Fine-tune models to meet your specific needs


To get the most out of this course, participants should have completed the Machine Learning on Google Cloud course or have the equivalent knowledge of TensorFlow / Keras and machine learning. They should also have some experience scripting in Python and working in Jupyter notebooks to create machine learning models.

Course agenda

Module 1: Vertex AI for ML Workloads
  • Vertex AI on Google Cloud
  • Options for training, tuning and deploying ML models on Vertex AI
  • Generative AI options on Google Cloud and Vertex AI
Module 2: Model Garden
  • Introduction to Model Garden
  • Model types in Model Garden
  • Connecting models from Gen AI Studio and Model Registry
  • Introduction to course use cases
Module 3: Task-specific Solutions: Content Classification
  • Pre-trained models for specific tasks
  • VertexAI AutoM
  • Using a pre-trained model via the Python SDK
  • Lab: Content Classification via Natural Language API and AutoML
Module 4: Foundation Models: Text Embeddings via PaLM
  • Introduction to foundation models
  • PaLM API
  • GenAI Studio
  • Using the Embeddings API
  • Lab: Use the PaLM API to Cluster Products Based on Descriptions
Module 5: Fine-tunable Models
  • Fine-tunable models in Model Garden
  • Vertex AI Pipelines
  • Demo: Fine-tuning models for your specific use case
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