I wasn’t actually aware that this certification existed until I saw it advertised at Dreamforce and as it is the newest certification I set this to be my goal before I left San Francisco. I have worked with communities and portals before that but all have been fairly standard implementations so there was quite a gap that needed to be bridged. We have also seen an increased interest from our customers around community cloud. At Dreamforce all of the certifications were half price and since this is such a new exam I was unable to find mock exams so I decided to book it, and at worst case use it as a practice. At Dreamforce they also trailed topic based feedback on results so you get a break down on each section within the exam so its simple to see the areas that you need to be improved on.
In this post I will go into depth around the material I used to revise, techniques, resources available on the internet and also question format tips.
I am personally not one for printing off study material, I am a little too messy which leads to pieces of paper getting lost, I tend to create a new directory on my computer and put all the docs in there. I appreciated that this is always mentioned but the Salesforce Study guide is the best place to start, it gives a great overview of all the topics where you should spend your attention. Normally there is a list of videos to watch (if you’re lucky enough to have premier support) but as this certification is so new this is not online yet as of 10-10-16) but I was informed it will be shortly.
I initially looked at YouTube to get a quick overview. I watched this video.
Trailhead – When I want to start learning a new topic I always turn to Trailhead, a great resource for hands on training. The badges that I completed were.
Inkling – I find the Inkling books to be of top quality, for those who are not familiar with them they are basically an elaborate content page and link to the relevant articles within the vast help and training but also have exercises to complete. I have purchased these before these and found them useful but now they are free it becomes a no brainer. The community cloud book is located here
Moderation – Within the study guide it mentioned moderation and key words, I had actually never worked with this but this article simplified these for me
Topics – I had a number of questions relating to topics this article covers most of the areas I needed.
Templates – Within the study guide a lot of attention was given to templates, a great overview was given here I also read through the full templates document, please take care here as this link is for Winter 17 which is not GA as of time of writing.
Branding – although this is mentioned in templates branding the community is a key area so this is definitely worth knowing
New Dev Org – The final step I take is to setup a new dev org and implement what I have learnt. I created an Org from Trailhead and set up 3 new communities, 1 using the Koa template, 1 with the Customer Service (Napili) Template and 1 with the Kokua template. I find this interesting and the easiest way to understand which template offers which functionality.
As with all Salesforce Exams, they will really try and slip you up to make sure you really know your stuff. The Community Cloud is no exception and the cliche of “read each question carefully” could not be more relevant here. The vast majority of the questions that I had were of the format select 2 answers of the following list. There was always one that you could disregard but the others took a little more deliberation.
Company X has created a community and wishes to change the branding to match their website. Which 3 actions could they take.
a.) Use custom CSS
b.) Link to an external website and the CSS will be automatically generated
c.) Import the company logo and a custom color palette will be generated
d.) Use HEX values within the color swatch
My initial thoughts were that b or c was incorrect. C sounded too farfetched by my logic but then I remembered I had read about this so a, c and d were correct.
I was unsure after only 3 days revision if I had revised enough but I was fortunate that as I was at Dreamforce I could easily ask the Salesforce university team or for some questions I actually walked down to the Community Cloud team and asked them and they were more than happy to demo features to me.