The Salesforce platform is constantly evolving. More than a decade of innovation, development, and change under our belt means the skills required of a Platform Developer are very different now than they were when the Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer and Advanced Developer credentials were first created. Over the years, they have served the industry well by validating the skills of our developer community, giving them the prestigious right to say they were among the first to be certified to develop for the cloud. But as of March 30, 2018, those credentials will retire and take their place in the Salesforce Hall of Fame.

Now what?

Last year, we introduced three new developer credentials into the Salesforce ecosystem: Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder, Platform Developer I, and Platform Developer II. At that time, we gave Force.com credential holders the option to maintain their existing credentials, and transition to the new ones via an accelerated path.

If you are a Force.com credential holder, here are four reasons why you should start your transition path now.

1).The credentials are officially retiring.

Just in case you missed the message above, as of March 30, 2018, the Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer and Advanced Developer credentials will no longer exist or be recognized as valid Salesforce credentials.

2. You don’t want to lose your hard-earned credential!

We know you are passionate about being a Salesforce-certified professional; after all, you worked hard to achieve and maintain your status. That’s why we have developed an expedited transitional certification path for you to earn the new Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (Declarative) and/or Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I or II (Programmatic) credentials. You can learn more about the transition path here.


As of February 1, 2017:

  • Starting with the Winter '17 release cycle, if you are a Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer you can maintain your credential until your next annual maintenance fee is due. However, when that time comes, you will not be able to renew your maintenance and your Force.com Developer credential will expire. But don’t worry, you will be able to transition to the Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder credential even if your Force.com Developer credential expires.

  • If you are a Salesforce Certified Force.com Advanced Developer, or are in the process of earning your Force.com Advanced Developer credential, you'll maintain your status until you transition to the Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I & II credentials.

  • The transition exams are available until March 30, 2018, giving you a chance to earn the new Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder and/or Platform Developer I & II credentials before the retirement date.

  • Full details of your exclusive transition path options can be found here:

I’m a Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer.

I’m a Salesforce Certified Force.com Advanced Developer.

I’m in the process of earning my Salesforce Certified Advanced Developer Credential.

Heard enough? Ready to study? Check out the transition exam guides—which are available at the transition path option links above.

3. We’ve made it easy and cost-effective for you to transition.

The transition exams are a condensed version of the certification exams. We are offering the Platform App Builder transition exam at the reduced cost of $100 USD until the March 30, 2018 retirement date.

This means that for the same price of maintaining your Force.com Developer credential, you can transition to the Platform App Builder credential. You may consider doing this when your next annual maintenance fee comes up (since, starting February 1, 2017, you will no longer be able to take the Force.com Developer release exams when you owe your next maintenance fee).

If you already hold the Force.com Advanced Developer credential, or are in the process of earning your Force.com Advanced Developer credential, you can register for the Platform Developer I and II transition exams for free, and these can be taken any time up until the retirement date.

For more information on how to register for an exam, click here.

4. It’s better to transition sooner, rather than later.

Once the March 30, 2018 retirement date hits, the Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer and Advanced Developer credentials will no longer exist. Transitioning early has three distinct advantages:

  1. You can take the short transition exam (10-20 questions), rather than having to study and sit for the full exam (60 questions).
  2. You receive transition exam pricing ($0 or $100 USD, depending on the exam), rather than paying the full exam price ($200 or $400 USD).
  3. You’ll earn a new certification that validates that you have the current, key skills and knowledge to effectively manage the latest Salesforce technology advances.

Still have questions?

Check out the Q&A transition article on our certification website for all the details you need to know around eligibility, prerequisites, exam guides, costs, and maintenance requirements. You may also want to check out the Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder and Platform Developer I and II credentials Q&A article covering how they will affect the Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer prerequisite requirement for the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect credential.

Salesforce is evolving, and our certification program is evolving along with it. Don’t delay—take the journey and expand your skills today.   

Good luck!