Salesforce introduced 3 new developer certifications for Force.com developers

  • Platform Developer I
  • Platform Developer II
  • Platform App Builder

The immediate question is what happens to the existing developer certifications (401 and 501). Well,  you can continue to maintain your Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer credential. However, effective September 14th (2015), Salesforce will no longer be offering this credential to new applicants. Instead, new and existing certified professionals will have the choice of pursuing the above mentioned three certifications.


Below are the descriptions of  these 3 new certifications.

Platform Developer I

The Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I credential is for individuals who have knowledge, skills, and experience building custom applications on the Force.com platform. This credential covers the fundamental programmatic capabilities of the Force.com platform to develop custom business logic and interfaces to extend Salesforce using Apex and Visualforce.

About the Exam

  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • 105 minutes allotted to complete the exam
  • 68% is the passing score
  • Registration fee is USD 200
  • Retake fee is USD 100
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam

Sample Question

A developer creates a method in an Apex class and needs to ensure that errors are handled properly.

What would the developer use?

  1. ApexPages.addErrorMessage()
  2. A custom exception
  3. .addError()
  4. Database.handleException()
  5. A try/catch construct

The Answer is B, C, E.


Platform Developer II

The Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II credential is for individuals who want to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in advanced programmatic capabilities of the Force.com platform and data modeling to develop complex business logic and interfaces.

About the Exam

  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • 120 minutes allotted to complete the exam
  • Registration fee is USD 400
  • Retake fee is USD 200
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam
  • Current status as a Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I is a prerequisite
  • Programming Assignment: Registration for the Salesforce Platform Developer II Programming Assignment opens on September 30, 2015.

Platform App Builder

The Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder exam is for individuals who want to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in designing, building, and implementing custom applications using the declarative customization capabilities of the Force.com platform.

About the Exam

  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • 90 minutes allotted to complete the exam
  • 63% is the passing score
  • Registration fee is USD 200
  • Retake fee is USD 100
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam

Sample Question

Where can a Standard Lightning Component be placed in the Lightning App Builder tool?

  1. Canvas
  2. Console Layout
  3. Mini Page Layout
  4. Mobile Card

The Answer is A

Learn more about other Salesforce certifications here

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