Assuming you’re not a developer, could you rank (1- being the easiest to 10 being the hardest) Salesforce certs according to their level of difficulty?

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CTA is hands down the hardest as you basically need a bunch of the other certs as pre-req.

Application and system architect would be next hardest as those represent passing multiple certs.

Developer certs would be next.

Everything else- many of the entry level certs have pretty elaborate brain dumps online making them ‘easy’ if you know what to look for.

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As a non- dev, I would say all the consultant certs along with admin certs are all achievable and not too difficult. Although I only have certs for products I have done multiple implementations. Can't speak to the certs under architect streams as I have stayed away from them.

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I remember CPQ being quite hard relative to other certs I've done, but maybe it was because it was one of my firsts.

As a non dev, PD1 was hardest for me but I did take a couple of Java and SQL courses in university which helped. I would say very well worth it for non devs as it gives a very good perspective on the limits and nuances of Salesforce development and implementation which the others don't go into. Helps when talking to clients and execs.

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Start by trying your hardest to write up a trigger that replaces a simple workflow rule or PB or flow by referencing trailhead. That'll get you to start thinking code.

From there keep building on the concepts as they're outlined in trailhead. Hands on learning is key here. You can't get away with memorization with this test

If you’re not a developer, are you also including developer-focused certs like PD1/2?

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The PD1 cert requires development knowledge. Some of the questions are blocks of code that you need to read.

Meanwhile, the architecture certs require hands-on architecture experience. They are roughly an 8-9 on the scale (not to discourage you - just study hard and practice).

Fair enough 🤷🏻‍♂️

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