Salesforce admin certification Exam guide: The Study Plan

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Salesforce admin certification Exam guide: The Study Plan

Certification is the highest form of recognition a Salesforce Administrator can achieve; it demonstrates expertise in the field. Certification is becoming increasingly popular amongst Salesforce professionals. At the very least it can help to enhance a professional’s knowledge of the platform. Salesforce certification is becoming increasingly important as a mechanism for vetting SFDC consultants. While there’s no reason to overdo it with certifications on parts of the system you actually don’t work on, Salesforce admin certification is really your first essential step no matter what your role.

Admin certification cannot be achieved by rote learning, the cert tests are focused on depth of understanding and intelligent conclusions about the data model and the platform. The best way to prepare yourself for the certification and tests is to actually build some systems. This isn’t exactly a quick route, but to their credit SFDC wants certification to mean something.

ADMINISTRATION ESSENTIALS FOR NEW ADMINS

OVERVIEW: Comprehensive and hands-on, Administration Essentials for New Admins is the core training that ensures your success with Salesforce. It’s a must for new administrators. We recommend administrators take this course before starting a Salesforce deployment or when taking over an existing deployment.

Certification Release Maintenance Schedule

To maintain Salesforce Certification credentials, all certified professionals must successfully complete release maintenance exams specific to their credential. Depending on your credentials, you may have anywhere from one to three release exams per credential to complete each year. Learn more about the requirements to maintain your credential.

Keep in mind: If you don’t complete your maintenance requirements by the completion due date, your credential(s) will expire.

Three Times per Year Maintenance Schedule

If you hold a Salesforce Certified Administrator, Platform App Builder, or Platform Developer I credential, then you must complete your maintenance requirements three times a year. Here is the schedule:

Maintenance Exams Date Available Completion Due Date

Spring '18 Closed December 14, 2018

Summer '18 Closed December 14, 2018

Winter '19 Available Now! April 19, 2019

Spring '19 April 22, 2019 To be determined

One Time per Year Maintenance Schedule

If you hold any Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud, Designer (Architect), Pardot, CPQ, B2C Commerce, or Accreditation credential then you must complete your maintenance requirements once per year. Here is the schedule:

Maintenance Exams Date Available Completion Due Date

Spring '18 Available Now! April 19, 2019

Spring '19 April 22, 2019 To be determined

Salesforce Administrator Certification study guide

Make sure you consult all of the available resources.

Instructor-led courses

BISP online instructor-led-Training formats provide demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and personal attention from the instructor as well as interaction with your mentor. All the virtual class, all you need is a web browser and a telephone to watch, listen, and get hands-on experience with the application.

Salesforce Administrator Certification exam outline

The following guidance from Salesforce should help determine what your exam will cover, as well as the weighting of each topic in the context of the test.

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