Its been long time i haven’t updated my blog or added any new Posts but here i am back and writing something about Salesforce Certification…Many things have changed between my last Post i wrote almost 2 years back to today. Now there are many new blogs to learn Salesforce and to obtain certifications including Salesforce Trailhead. I have amazed with growth of Salesforce as a company and how many Organizations have already implemented/implementing or considering to implement Salesforce.

I have personally witnessed plenty of Salesforce jobs this year in USA & Canada which was quite jump from previous years. Salesforce Developer/admin community has grown tremendously with growth of Salesforce clients list. There is lot of knowledge share happening via various blogs and communities in different cities.

Now coming to the main point on why i decided to write this post?

With 3 releases every year Salesforce adds tones of features to platform which has now power to meet most enterprise applications requirement. For this reason many companies are using Salesforce just more than CRM. This needs more supply of Salesforce professionals. In order to address With ever increasing platform capabilities and demand for knowledgeable professionals  Salesforce added number of different Certifications for Admins, Developers, Architects and Consultants which is great.

As words spread out about Salesforce demand so more and more people started to take Salesforce Certifications or planning to take it. I started to get frequent queries around importance of Certification from my blog visitors or people i come across with every new Salesforce implementation. Their question was whether getting Salesforce Certification will get them good job or better Salaries or new career path. To address this hype i decided to write this post and clear the myth.

I have also heard about number of individuals claiming to be Salesforce experts who charge for Salesforce certification preparations or claiming to be providing certification material. (I highly recommend to stay away from such deals and focus on Salesforce trailheads or other blogs). Here are few questions i was being asked and my response to it:

Should i get Salesforce Certification if i am already Salesforce expert?

  • I won’t say no to certification but make careful choices and decide your path based on where you are in your career. I hold about 12 Salesforce Certifications and i was never being asked by anyone about what certifications i hold. If you are working for Salesforce implementation partner then every partner has mandate to have certain number of certified professionals so get as many as you can.
  • In my personal opinion someone having Salesforce Certification vs one don’t have is not much different if the later has more practical experience on Salesforce platform. This is true in terms of any technology you pick.
  • I also experienced that if you are interviewed for a company whose core business is not IT then most of time hiring managers won’t even notice your certifications rather they will focus on your overall knowledge.
  • I know many individuals who don’t hold single certification but they do best in every Salesforce implementations and get same or higher rates than certified professionals.

I am recent graduate and searching for IT job. can i get an IT job if i have Salesforce Certifications?

  • Answer to this could be yes couple of years back but as more and more people are having Salesforce Certification just having certification without experience doesn’t always land you job. There might be certain companies who might still hire but chances are slim and they might try to take your benefit by paying low.
  • I would suggest to start with work on some Non profit organization projects and get some real experience on Salesforce platform.

Who should get the Salesforce Certification?

  • Person already working on Salesforce platform who wants to enhance the knowledge of the platform with different domain certifications.
  • If your organization is running Salesforce implementation and you had been working on different technology. In this case if you want to get involved into Salesforce so certification can be one way to show that you can also contribute to Salesforce.
  • You work for IT Consulting firm and they need you to have certifications to showcase their clients or to deploy individual on projects.

In case where your interviewer is well versed with Salesforce then with type of questions they can easily figure out whether person has practical experience of platform or not. I encountered few individuals holding 4-5 certifications who couldn’t survive 20 mins in pure technical interview.

When You already have certifications but don’t use that knowledge then over the period that knowledge becomes blur. For example i have Salesforce mobile architecture designer certifications but i didn’t use much of topics from it in my real implementations so over the period i don’t remember much around implementing pure Salesforce SDK related mobile apps.

Just to conclude Having certifications doesn’t mean someone is an expert or you can certainly get job. I would highly recommend to get practical experience whatever way you can but just relying on Salesforce Certifications will not get you much ahead.

Most Salesforce Certifications are multiple choice rather than practical(Except technical architect….new format Platform developer 2 certification i won’t consider practical as it relies on Trailhead superbadges and common scenarios for everyone.)

Practical experience will prepare you for toughest job interviews and good jobs are tend to have tough interviews so decide your choices and make move.

You can now decide whether to have Salesforce Certifications or not. Earn the certifications but make priority of learning Salesforce platform deep. Over the period Salesforce Certifications won’t matter much and more companies will look for  practical experience.

I would definitely like to hear your feedback and share it among your circle. These are my personal opinion so i will like to learn what everyone else thinks so have your comments.