Why Certification Matters?
According to the projections made by IDC, the Salesforce platform-based technology will have a huge impact of $859 billion on a global scale, in the upcoming future. That means Salesforce will alone create around 3.3 million jobs, by the year 2022.
That is indeed a huge number of job opportunities, up for grab, as the overall demand for Salesforce technology increases. The increase in demand for Salesforce based technologies will mean that the certified employees will get a higher salary.
WOOAH! Isn’t that something lucrative? Getting a certificate will provide you with an instant credibility to your prospective employers. This credibility is what then sets you apart from the peers.
Imagine yourself two years from now, appearing for a job interview where hundred other suitable candidates are lined up. Scary isn’t it? But trust me on this, the certifications come to use on those occasions.
It also becomes easier for the employers to filter out the prospects before even starting the interview. Also at the same time certification implies that you have given some additional effort. So, the employers will think, “Oh! We see a self-motivated individual” and then the green light will get lit in their minds.
There are various kinds of certifications to pick from and the good news is that Salesforces offers you specific certification depending on your career choices and alternatives.
How to Get Started?
It is a valid question, isn’t it? How can you decide what certificates you need? There are so many!
The way to find the answer is in fact very easy. You work your way back from the end to the beginning. A little too philosophical?! Actually not! Begin while keeping the end in mind. Decide what you want to be before pursuing the certification.
However, no matter what you want to do with Salesforce or wherever you want to end up, you must start with these two certificates:
- Salesforce Certified Administrator (ADM 201)
- Salesforce Certified App Builder (DEV 402)
I know what you must be thinking! A little person in your head is saying “I wanna be an admin then why do I need the app builder certificate?” Similarly, if you are aiming to be an app developer then you are thinking about the reverse.
The truth is that these two basic certifications will help you obtain a holistic view of the entire process. Accordingly, if you do both the certifications then you will have a fair bit of idea about both the fields.
Once you are done with these two basic certifications you can go for your specialization. If you are pursuing a career as an Admin (Good luck mate! Admins are the backbone of Salesforce) then you must pursue the following certifications:
- Certified Advanced Administrator
- Certified Service Cloud Consultant
Pursuing a career as a developer also offers you with a lot of options. The following certifications are up for grasp if you fancy:
- Certified Platform Developers I and II
- Certified Sales Cloud Consultant
If you seek to climb the ropes as an Architect then also the following Salesforce certifications become handy:
- Certified Platform Developer I
- Certified Sharing/Visibility Designer
Tips and Tricks
Pretty hard to remember the names?! You don’t have to. Just click on to certification.salesforce.in. You can find anything and everything related to the Salesforce certifications and exams, in this web link.
You can also click on to the Certification Trailblazer group in the Trailblazer community and fetch all the information you need.
As far as the exams are concerned, do register quickly and don’t think of taking it from home, because you won’t have the scratch papers if you do.
Also whilst preparing, follow all the Exam Guides and Trailheads links. There are also a lot of content in the form of Dreamforce or TDX recordings. Making the certification a team effort is also a decent enough idea.
If you are planning to get certified along with another peer of yours it is nothing like it. Sharing ideas and knowledge obtained from the study materials will enhance your chances of getting certified.
Not only that, sharing and collaborating is the best way to learn and grow and that is what we believe in Salesforce.
Giving the Exam
Always relax and breathe easy before starting any of the certification exams. Once you start the exam don’t get stuck with any difficult question.
Time-bound exams are always tricky and you need to be careful with your time management.
Now before answering, our suggestion would be that you do is divide a white sheet into 72 segment grid by drawing six vertical lines and 12 horizontal ones. This provides you individual space for each question to work and decide on the alternative answers.
Each question will have five alternatives and based on your evaluation you mark them. Good Luck!