How to prepare for Salesforce Admin Certification Examination

Certification is the highest form of recognition a Salesforce Administrator can achieve; it demonstrates expertise in the field. Certification is becoming increasingly popular amongst Salesforce professionals. At the very least it can help to enhance a professional’s knowledge of the platform. Salesforce certification is becoming increasingly important as a mechanism for vetting SFDC consultants. While there’s no reason to overdo it with certifications on parts of the system you actually don’t work on, Salesforce admin certification is really your first essential step no matter what your role.

Admin certification cannot be achieved by rote learning, the cert tests are focused on depth of understanding and intelligent conclusions about the data model and the platform. The best way to prepare yourself for the certification and tests is to actually build some systems. This isn’t exactly a quick route, but to their credit SFDC wants certification to mean something.

Comprehensive and hands-on, Administration Essentials for New Admins is the core training that ensures your success with Salesforce. It’s a must for new administrators. We recommend administrators take this course before starting a Salesforce deployment or when taking over an existing deployment.

Certification Release Maintenance Schedule
To maintain Salesforce certification credentials, all certified professionals must successfully complete release maintenance exams specific to their credentials. Depending on your credentials, you may have anywhere from one to three release exams per credential to complete each year. Learn more about the requirements to maintain your credential.

Keep in mind: If you don’t complete your maintenance requirements by the completion due date, your credential(s) will expire.

If you hold a Salesforce Certified Administrator, Platform App Builder, or Platform Developer I credential, then you must complete your maintenance requirements three times a year. Here is the schedule:

Three Times per Year Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Exams     Date Available              Completion Due Date     
Spring '18 Closed  December 14, 2018
Summer '18  Closed  December 14, 2018
 Winter '19  Available Now!  April 19, 2019
 Spring '19  April 22, 2019  To be determined

If you hold any Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud, Designer (Architect), Pardot, CPQ, B2C Commerce, or Accreditation credential then you must complete your maintenance requirements once per year. Here is the schedule:

One Time per Year Maintenance Schedule

 Maintenance Exams     Date Available             Completion Due Date      
 Spring '18  Available Now!  April 19, 2019
 Spring '19  April 22, 2019  To be determined

Salesforce Administrator Certification study guide
Make sure you consult all of the available resources. 

Instructor-led courses
BISP online instructor-led-Training formats provide demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and personal attention from the instructor as well as interaction with your mentor. All the virtual class, all you need is a web browser and a telephone to watch, listen, and get hands-on experience with the application.

Salesforce Administrator Certification Exam Outline

The following certification guidance from Salesforce should help determine what your exam will cover, as well as the weighting of each topic in the context of the test.

Topic Weighting Topic Weighting
Organization setup 2% User setup 7%
Security and access 14% Standard and custom objects 15%
Sales and marketing applications 15% Service and support applications 12%
Activity management and collaboration 3% Data management 8%
Analytics 10% Workflow/process automation 12%
Desktop and mobile administration 1% AppExchange 1%

The curriculum for Salesforce admin and Advance admin certification is designed with measured practical knowledge and experiences of the aforementioned areas, which is highly recommended to have worked in a Salesforce administrative capacity as well as studied all of the recommended resources. Also bear in mind that the curriculum and test guide is designed by real-time Salesforce experts or professionals, and therefore the weighting of each topic reflects the importance of that knowledge in practice.

Your Salesforce Admin Certification: Questions — Answered

  • How do I get Salesforce Administrator Certified?

You need to pass a 90-minute multiple-choice exam to become certified.

  • How do I pass a Salesforce Admin Certification exam?

Work through some of the material in our training resources section to prepare you for the exam – only by learning the ins and outs of Salesforce administration can you expect to pass the exam.

  • How hard is a Salesforce Admin Certification exam?

The pass mark is 65%, meaning quite a high level of knowledge is required to be successful in this exam. The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, which means you must get at least 39 correct to pass.

Our certification training is a mixture of  study materials, real-world scenario, use cases, and hands-on experience and a real-time project, so that you can easily prepare yourself for the exam, we have recommended our experienced and real-time professionals for the training and their guidance, as well as they can share real-time experience with interested audience. Get or hire a coach from BISP Expert online Salesforce certification course that offers customized 1:1 preparing and training. It’s an opportunity to take questions, Guidance and start preparation for certification

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