Demand for Salesforce developers is growing rapidly and companies are looking for proven, certified professionals. There are three levels of developer certification
Earning a credential from salesforce.com demonstrates that you have skills and confidence. Keeping that certification up-to-date shows that you're schooled on the latest technologies.
To learn more, visit the Developer Certification home page.
Salesforce.com certification exams recognize experience as well as study. In fact, some exams are based as much on industry and real-world experience as on formal training. For some people, that will include taking the recommended online or classroom training courses; for others, self-study and experience are enough to be successful in the program.
Many certification hopefuls find it useful to go ahead and register for an upcoming exam and select a date to aim for in their training and/or self study. That way you can decide the pace of your preparation and work against a deadline.
To view the exam schedule and register, you must first create a Webassessor account and then select which exam you'd like to pursue. Go ahead and do this now, we'll wait!
Most people find instructor-lead training to be the most effective. You get the highest return on your time investment, real time feedback, discussion, and curriculum amendments based on the instructor and the attendees. Salesforce teaches instructor-lead classes worldwide, but you'll also find other companies that specialize specifically in Salesforce training. If you'd rather learn at your own pace, third-party training companies, such as Pluralsight and Udacity offer online courses. You can also find workbook tutorials, books, and other great resource right here on Salesforce Developers. Finally, if you are a Premier Success customer, you also have complete access to over 100 of Salesforce's excellent online training courses.
The following table sums up the various training options:
|Salesforce Training||3rd Party||Self Study|
|Cost||$4000||$30-50 month||Almost nothing|
|Time||1 week||Depends||Your own pace|
|Effectiveness||Very effective||Depends on course||Depends on you|
|Content||Designed for certification||Depends on author||Ad hoc|
The Developer Certification exam tests your knowledge of various parts of the platform. How these features are weighted in the test is listed in the following table. You'll also find some useful resources from Developer Force (DF) articles, the Force.com Fundamentals book (FF), the Learning Center (LC), online help (OH), and workbooks (WB). Note that this isn't a complete list, just some reference material to help you study.
|Overview of Platform||5%||