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Following on from my article on tips for passing the Nonprofit Cloud Consultant Cert, I have been requested to put together one for the Salesforce Administrator Certification. I passed my exam over 3 years ago, and things have changed quite a lot since then in terms of resource, however I have pulled together the below to help out those currently starting their Salesforce certification journey…

I was lucky with my first certification as my employer at the time paid for me to attend the in-person Salesforce training. If you can do some face to face training, I would absolutely suggest you do this, as it’s a great experience, and will give you foundational knowledge that will stay with you for the rest of your Salesforce career. There are training courses for both the Classic and Lightning experiences – if you can do the Lightning course, I would, because the future of Salesforce is definitely Lightning! Courses are 5 days long and around £3.500/$4,500. I would definitely suggest this investment for the in-person course, rather than doing the virtual online sessions.

Salesforce Trailhead Academy – Administration Essentials for New Admins (ADM201)

Salesforce Trailhead Academy – Administrative Essentials for New Admins in Lightning Experience (ADX201)

There are also alternative courses available at a lower price point, for example the Supermums Salesforce Administrator course (aimed at Mums or Dads) or a Salesforce Official Course led by Stimulus Consulting

If you have already completed a course, or don’t have the funds to attend one, then start with Salesforce Trailhead, the free Salesforce learning platform. There is an excellent Trailmix Build Your Admin Career on Salesforce which include articles and trails relevant to becoming a Salesforce Administrator and working towards the Admin Certification exam – including a specific Study for the Administrator Certification Exam trail.

Trailhead Badge Admin Trail

Outside of Trailhead are some other great study resources, one of my favorites is Focus on Force which has Practice Exams and Study Guides, at a super affordable price, for many Salesforce Certifications including Salesforce Administrator 201. Purchase the Study Guides if you need, but my favourite part of Focus on Force is the Practice Exams – take them, learn from your wrong answers, follow the links to Salesforce Help and learn more about your weaknesses.

Get your own free Salesforce developer org, test what you’ve learnt, try new ideas, build a small app, create a page layout, make reports and dashboards – whatever will help you learn, because you learn so much more by doing!

Take a look at these other blog articles to find out more tips and tricks:

Good luck with your Salesforce Admin Certification!

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