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 Consultanthttps://twitter.com/trailhead/status/1088554899141509121
Marketing Cloud Developerhttps://twitter.com/trailhead/status/1091140081518301184
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.