I passed the Salesforce Certified App Builder transition exam yesterday.
Generally speaking, Salesforce seems to have made a step into the right direction. The main problem with the “force.com platform developer” certfication was to give clients the impression of someone who is a good Salesforce developer, while the skillset required to pass the exam was customizer on a beginner to medium level plus some question studying. Many consulting companies send their newbies to pass the DEV401 exam before or parallel to entering the first Salesforce project. The DEV401 was the easiest exam to reach.
Even more worse, developers are regular developers with apex, visualforce including advanced triggers, apex batch and so on see their skill set disappreciated by granting a “developer” certification to people who arent developers at all. I heared frequently that Salesforce “developers” are easy to find while good consultants are rare. The truth is that good developers are as valuable as advanced consultants. Some low level customizer with formula field copy and paste skills from the internet does not at all hold in comparison with real salesforce developers.
My previous Salesforce exams I have taken with ease. My expectations in the transition exam were low, and I didnt expect any questions that were going to make me think a lot. However in the exam I learned that the Salesforce exam team did a good job, none of the questions were boring, instead several challenged me and I did not have spare time to go over the questios again.
The questions seemed well chosen and covered much more topics compared to the old DEV401. The surprised by asking questions in a different, new way and from different angles. Rating exam quality, this was maybe the highest quality of topic coverage, good job Salesforce. Few questions need improvement and more precision.
I am able to reproduce almost all of the 20 exam questions from my memory, and in the next blogs I am going to pass some questions to the public. At this stage I give the following recommendations:
– know the lightning app builder and its components, and the different way to create menu entries in Salesforce1
– external data objects: you should know the external data sources options in detail. Some questions mentioning “external objects” refer to the “external data sources” settings
– you should know the differenct between “external lookup” and “indirect lookup” object
– there was a nice person accounts question different from the ones in Sales Cloud examps
– know execution orders (such as before/after trigger, validation, assigment rules, workflow, process builder, escalation etc). This goes into more detail than before, but needs more preciser questions.
– Social accounts
– global actions vs. object specific actions
– field search (which field types are searchable in SOSL vs. SOQL)
More details and specific questions in my next blog: