Simplilearn – Salesforce Training Review

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Salesforce is great for business. This is a well-established fact. Over 70% of the Fortune 500 uses Salesforce, and it’s one of the most popular CRM tools on the market for small businesses. With a growth rate of over 18% year-on-year, Salesforce is set to take over the marketplace.

On a daily basis, I usually get asked the question “How do I start a career in Salesforce?”. This is a pretty tough question to answer as there are just so many routes. However, one of the most direct routes is simply to get certified. Salesforce offers a variety of certifications that prove you are an expert in a variety of fields, but of course this begs the question, how do I get certified?!

In my post, How to pass a Salesforce certification first time, I present various options that are some of the most direct routes to get certified. One of these is by using Simplilearn, an online training portal that is directly geared towards training professionals in a specific Salesforce field. I have been lucky enough to be appointed to Simplilearns advisory board since March 2016 and helped them structure the course.

In this post, I’ll review Simplilearn’s Administrator & App Builder training course and its offerings, and whether it’s a worthwhile investment for aspiring Salesforce professionals. Note that Simplilearn has also launched the much awaited training course on Platform Developer I (Apex & Visualforce) recently, do check it out.

Course Objectives

The course is structured to help you do two things:

  1. Pass Salesforce’s ADM 201 & Platform App Builder certification exams
  2. Perform the job of a Salesforce Administrator or Platform App Builder

The training takes place entirely on the Salesforce platform – a useful way to learn about the platform in a hands-on manner. It emphasizes learning by doing, and includes projects that require learners to solve problems that will come up on the job, even if those questions are not likely to show up on the exam.

Should you take this course?

This course is best suited for the below..

  1. New college graduates who are going to enter the Salesforce industry, or professionals with a few years of experience who want to make a career shift. The Salesforce Administrator and App Builder certifications are fundamental to the field, and this is where to start if you want a rewarding Salesforce career.
  2. Professionals who want to widen their knowledge base. If you work in IT, Sales, or Marketing, knowing your way around Salesforce will make your job a lot easier.
  3. Managers and Directors whose companies use Salesforce in their daily operations. If you want to get your teams to optimize their usage of Salesforce and increase business, learning the platform will help you greatly.

Training Format

The training is available in two formats, Self-Paced Learning and Instructor-led Live Online Classroom. The key features are as follows:

Self-Paced Learning

• 16+ hours of e-learning content available for 180 days which you can study at your own pace.

• 4 Projects, 28 Case Studies, 8 Simulation Tests, 24 Quizzes

• Course aligned to the Official Salesforce Certification Guide

You can’t attend multiple sessions with the instructor in this format, however.

Instructor-led Live Online Classroom

• 48 hours of Live Interactive Instructor-Led Training. This mode offers a Flexi-Pass which lets you attend as many live instructor-led sessions with the trainer for a 90-day time period.

• All sessions are recorded, and you get the recordings of those sessions for lifetime.

• 4 Projects, 28 Case Studies, 8 Simulation Tests, 24 Quizzes

• Course aligned to the Official Salesforce Certification Guide

• E-Learning material is complimentary with the course

Course Highlights

• You get to work on industry projects: In my opinion, the best thing about Simplilearn’s Salesforce program is its emphasis on Real-World Industry Projects. When I talk to clients and ask them what they expect of Salesforce training programs, real-world projects top the list. Simplilearn offers 8 projects from a variety of industries to help learners understand how to use Salesforce in different business environments.

• It’s comprehensive: Simplilearn’s Salesforce training program covers every section of the certification exam, and is aligned to the Official Salesforce Study Guide.

• It gives you the best bang for your buck: The Self-Paced Learning program costs just $499 and the Flexi-Pass is priced at just $999 in the US and Europe (and a lot cheaper in Asia) which is much more affordable than other training providers like Stony Point and Salesforce’s own training program (which is about $4200)

• It offers simulation exams: The training program lets you test your understanding of the material constantly, there are quizzes at the end of each module, as well as 4 simulation exams to help you develop the right mindset for taking the Salesforce certification exam.


Overall, if you’re looking to build a career in Salesforce, this course is comprehensive, practical, and extremely affordable.

It provides training that is tailored to the work that you will actually do in the industry, and it should help you ace the certification exam if you complete all the projects and quizzes.

It will definitely help beginners, because it starts with the fundamentals, and will help more experienced professionals gauge their understanding and brush up on all aspects of Salesforce.

I hope this review was helpful! If you have more specific questions about the program, feel free to reach out to me for answers. If I don’t know the answer myself, I’ll talk to the people who do.

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