Earlier this year I was disappointed to find out that one of my head earned certs was being retired. The Marketing Cloud Social Specialist certification was no longer being offered and is officially being retired on the 22nd April 2019, see a bit more information in this community thread.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom, there have been three certifications launched/announced this year (As well as myself achieving the Pardot Consultant certification before the end of last year!).
Non-Profit Cloud Consultant
A while ago I wrote about the Non-Profit Success Pack (NPSP) it’s the top CRM contextualised for the nonprofit industry, similar to solutions like the Health Cloud or Financial Services Cloud but with a different industry of focus.
I have been involved with a few nonprofits helping them get up and running, as Salesforce offers the product free of charge (up to 10 licences, and heavily discounted thereafter) for eligible organisations. There are a lot of consultants and companies out there that specialise in the Non-profit industry, and now there is a certification that has been released so users can prove their skills in this area (See our announcement post here).
If you are interested in taking the exam, check out the study guide here. Please note, this exam is recommended to be taken by professionals that have 2-5 years experience in the space.
Alrighty, so far we have 1 decommission and 1 new. But that’s not it, there are at least 2 more certifications on their way:
Einstein Analytics and Discovery Consultant
📢 Attention Trailblazers! Want to be one of the 1st to earn a new credential currently in development? Confirm your eligibility to participate in the NEW Einstein Analytics and Discovery Consultant FREE beta exam by completing this survey: https://t.co/38EITAiljg pic.twitter.com/empoF7r1dW— Trailhead (@trailhead) January 24, 2019
Marketing Cloud Developer
📢 Attn: Marketing Cloud Trailblazers: Take a FREE exam and be one of the 1st to earn a new credential currently in development! Confirm your eligibility to participate in the NEW Marketing Cloud Developer free beta exam by completing this survey: https://t.co/xHeTU3SOiJ pic.twitter.com/oKZuNqZcq7— Trailhead (@trailhead) February 1, 2019
But of course, do not forget about your current certifications maintenance! If you haven’t already, get the modules for the Winter ‘19 Release ⛄and earn these badges now to maintain your credentials. https://sforce.co/2RboEfQ
What’s next? Well, let me throw a prediction out there… I foresee a certification for the Education Cloud being on its way this 2019.