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Force.com Developer Certification FAQ

Which all certificates are offered by Salesforce?

Salesforce.com (SFDC) offers seven certification exams -

  1. Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Developer
  2. Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Advanced Developer
  3. Salesforce.com Certified Administrator
  4. Salesforce.com Certified Advanced Administrator
  5. Salesforce.com Certified Sales Cloud Consultant
  6. Salesforce.com Certified Service Cloud Consultant
  7. Salesforce.com Certified Technical Architect
Force.com Developer exam is a prerequisite for the Force.com Advanced Developer and Technical architect certifications. Administrator certification is a prerequisite the Advanced Administrator, Sales Cloud and Service Cloud certifications.

So essentially there are four certification tracks. For Developers there are two exams: the Force.com developer and advanced developer certification. For administrators there are two exams: Administrator and Advanced Administrator. For Consultants there are two exams: Sales Cloud and Service Cloud consultant. For architects there is only one exam: Technical Architect.

How many questions are there in the Force.com developer exam? What is the pass percentage?

There are sixty questions in the exam. You need to complete these questions in 90 minutes. The pass percentage is 68%, which means 41 correct answers are required to clear the exam. If you know the course material, you will find the time sufficient.

How much time is required to prepare for the Force.com Developer certification?

If you are a seasoned Salesforce administrator or an experienced Force.com developer, you should be able to prepare for the exam in 3-4 weeks. However if you do not have prior experience, you should plan to spend couple of months going through tutorials and working on Salesforce platform before going for the exam. These are just reference timelines, you may need more or less time based upon your specific experience, how much time you spend per day on preparation and whether you take any formal training.

What is the process to register for the exam? What is exam fees for the Force.com developer exam?

To register for the exam visit http://www.webassessor.com/salesforce . Create a new webassessor login. After you have created a login, you can choose the exam and a location convenient to you, pay the fees via the credit card to schedule the exam. Webassessor has testing centers across all major cities on the globe.

The exam fees for Force.com Developer exam is $200.

What type of questions are there in the exam?

Force.com developer certification has multiple choice questions. They may have one correct answer or multiple correct answers. In case there are multiple correct answers, exam mentions the number of correct answers. If there are more than one correct answers, you must specify all of them to get credit for your answer.

Try to develop an understanding of when various features of Force.com are used. As an example make sure you know When to use workflow vs approval process vs validation rule?

Is there any negative marking in the exam?

There is no negative marking in the exam. So you should attempt to answer all the questions.

How do I prepare for the exam?

  1. The resource to start your presentation is the Force.com Developer certification study guide. This will help you understand the course contents. This guide is revised for each Salesforce release.
  2. There are three critical resources for the exam. Go through these resources couple of times each so that you understand the course contents well.
  3. Go through this site's Force.com Certification Developer Mock Exam and Proprofs mock exam. Once you start scoring more than 80% in the mock exams, it is time to register for the exam.

Will the certification help me find a job?

Certifications from Salesforce are highly valued in the market. Although certification does not guarantee a (better) job, certification will definitely help you in landing up more interview calls.

What percentage of people pass the certification exam?

For the Admin Essential ADM 201 exam a survey was done in March 2010, where 48% of first time test takers passed without taking the class while the pass rate of first time test takers who took the certification class from Salesforce was 68%.

How often do the certification exams change?

Salesforce has three annual releases - Summer, Spring and Winter releases. Along with each of these releases, Salesforce also updates the certification exams.

What are the requirements for maintaining the certification?

To maintain your certification status, you will need to pay an annual fees of $100. Along with the three releases every year, Salesforce also launches release upgrade exams. You get at least six months to clear each of these release upgrade exams. You need to clear them to maintain your certification status.

The release upgrade are open book exams and are fairly easy. You need to make sure that you have read the release notes for that release before taking the release upgrade exam. You do not need to visit a center to take these upgrade exams, you can take them from your work/home computer.

The initial exam fee includes fee for two upgrades. So if you take the exam in Spring 12, your fee will take care of Summer 12 and Winter 13 release upgrade exams.

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