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’s a map for where you can take your Salesforce career, showing the recommended experience and certifications you will need to progress to the next stage. Which path will you follow?
Dividing up the certifications into pathways was not an easy task. What this proves, is that a career with Salesforce can take different turns – Trailblazers can choose their next step from a range of options.
We chose the following paths, and gave them each a colour:
Although Trailblazers are able to choose their next step, there are some rules that need to be followed. Some certifications have prerequisites, other certifications that you need to pass before you can attempt your target certification. These prerequisites are what form the backbone of the pathways. A good example? Before you can take Advanced Administrator, you must have passed the Certified Administrator exam.
The dotted lines show which certifications are related to each other, but not strictly prerequisites. We didn’t want to leave these path options off the certification landscape!
You will find the recommended experience in months or years on each certification, in line with Salesforce’s suggestion. An important approach to certifications is for candidates to have the real-life experience working with these products; a certification may be one thing, but hands-on, tangible experience will be more valuable in the long-run. Something that is hard to test in a multiple-choice exam, but Salesforce have written their questions to oust out inexperienced professionals.
Notes on the pathways: as I mentioned, it was challenging to divide the certifications up into strict pathways. A couple of outliers spring to mind:
- CPQ Specialist: neither core Administrator or Consultant.
- Platform App Builder: part of the Architect pathway, but most popular among Admins.