Salesforce certifications are constantly a hot topic of conversation amongst the community for a few reasons. They are always being sought after by veterans and newcomers alike, they can help progress your career, they force you into learning new skills/features, and if you work for a System Integrator partner, certifications will affect their partner level. For this reason questions are always being asked around the best resources, key tips, online guides and training courses to fully prepare.
This blog post is written for people that want to focus on the “foundation” Administrator & Platform App Builder exams and want to ensure they are fully prepared. How do you know if you are ready? What resources can you use? How do you ensure you have covered everything?
I will now look at a few methods you can prepare for the exams that can ensure you cover the entire syllabus, hopefully meaning that you pass first time!
Salesforce U is the official certification training department of Salesforce. Here you will find official training courses for nearly every certification, topic and discipline. Salesforce offer a few “complete” training offerings such as Public Instructor Led Training, Virtual Instructor Led Training and Private Workshops. What I mean by complete, is the instructor will follow a set syllabus designed to cover everything in the exam. This will most likely need to be supplemented with self revision as always, but you will have an extremely good learning foundation set up.
Advantages – Official material and training. Mixture of training, sample questions and case studies.
Disadvantages – Very expensive ($4,000 – $5,000). Fixed training dates. Dates for courses are usually only once a month.
Simplilearn is a world leading certification training provider that has a comprehensive Administrator & Platform App Builder training course. I’ve been lucky enough to get an insight into the course and I was very impressed! It is in fact, very comparable to Salesforce U training. Simplilearn offers live online classroom training and self-paced training based on the principle of “learn by doing”. The course is taught on the Salesforce platform to gain hands-on experience and also offers 4 real-world industry projects to implement on the Salesforce platform. There are many case studies and simulation papers too. All for an all-in-one reasonable price. Check it out here.
Advantages – Completely certification focused training, Comprehensive course and material. 3-month Experience Certificate for Salesforce projects, Simulation Test Papers, Flexible training dates. Reasonable pricing ($399-$1399).
Disadvantages – Not official training, not that it matters much for preparation
Udemy is slightly different from Simplilearn and Salesforce U training, but might be better suited to some people’s needs. Udemy is more like a “Marketplace” where anyone can sign up and start creating courses for users to buy and access. This means that there is a lot of varied content at a low price but is only provided as self serve training with no live interaction from certified trainers.
Advantages – Cheap training on a wide selection of courses
Disadvantages – Not official training, No guarantee of quality, only self serve training
Of course another method of passing the exam is to prepare yourself. This is an attractive option to some that have the support of their colleagues or possibly a mentor to guide them through what areas they need to revise. There are also websites such as mine that can supplement your own revision by providing sample exams, making sure you are on track. If this route sounds the most attractive to you, I would recommend using the study guides provided on the Salesforce certification home page to make sure you cover every single aspect.
Advantages – Nearly free!
Disadvantages – Not official training, No structured syllabus, case studies or live training.