Back when I started my Salesforce journey in 2012 there were around 8 certifications that you could achieve. I remember being massively motivated by the superstars that had acquired nearly all of these, it was a great reminder of what was possible with hard work.
Nowadays, however, there are around 35+ Salesforce certifications out there! This is mainly due to the acquisition and release of new products, including the Architect route which includes 8 certifications.
With each year that goes past, Salesforce is releasing more certifications than ever before, and if you’re like most Trailblazers, you just have an urge to “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”.
Here are some of the latest Salesforce certifications that have been released in the latter half of 2019, and new in 2020. This post will also include some certifications that so far haven’t been officially announced…
After the Exacttarget acquisition back in 2013, Marketing Cloud has slowly become a popular addition to the core Salesforce suite of products. As the name suggests this certification is designed for users and admins of Marketing Cloud. They should have knowledge of the features available to end users, configuration options available, and also should be able to respond to common business requirements in line with best practices.
Heroku is a Salesforce product you might not be familiar with – it’s a PaaS platform for developers to build, run, and operate cloud applications on. This architect level Certification is for individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and experience on architecting, deploying, and managing Apps on Heroku.
The Education Cloud is designed for Higher Education to manage the process of recruiting students, all the way through to managing Alumni. This consultant level certification is designed for individuals that have experience in successfully designing and implementing Education Cloud solutions.
The B2B Commerce Cloud came from the acquisition of CloudCraze in 2018, and similarly to the B2C Commerce Cloud, enables commerce experiences for B2B companies. Although this certification has been around for a while, it’s not featured on the Trailhead Certification home page but is available to be taken from WebAssessor. This certification is designed for individuals that have experience in Administration on the B2B Commerce Cloud.
Similarly to the B2B Commerce Administrator, this certification is not advertised on the Trailhead certification home page but is available on WebAssessor. This certification is designed for individuals that have experience in Developing on the B2B Commerce Cloud.
Certified Solution Architect
After hearing some rumors bubbling around since Dreamforce 2019, it’s official that Salesforce are releasing a Solution Architect certification. The Solution Architect role has been on the rise, as the demand for skilled professionals that can look at the wider picture in Salesforce projects has increased. The Solution Architect cert will be released in the Salesforce FY21 (Before the end of January 2021)
Certified Enterprise Architect
In addition to the above, Salesforce has also announced a Salesforce Enterprise Architect credential. This is designed for individuals that have experience in larger-scale implementations, and understand enterprise architecture methodology. This certification will be released slightly later in Salesforce FY22 (After January 2021)
As we recently noticed on a form hosted by Salesforce (see below), Datorama has a bunch of certifications that can be achieved. Currently, these Certifications are only accessible by Datorama users, and as such, are separate from the current Salesforce certification program. We will have to see if they are brought into the program in the future…