“I'm a certified Salesforce Developer!”

The five words every Salesforce developer wants to add to their portfolio, and shout from the rooftops. It demonstrates to the world that you've got mad mixology skills in both programmatic and custom development, and that you can build custom applications on the Force.com platform. It's the ultimate validation of your overall Salesforce dev mastery.

Many of you reading this are already proud Salesforce-certified Platform Developers (way to go!). Which means it's very likely that many more of you are eager to achieve the Platform Developer II (PDII) certification—but the Programming Assignment requirement has you shying away from going for it. If you find yourself frequently scouring through the Salesforce community, blogs, and social posts to find the holy grail of “How to survive the programming assignment” and “Developer II secrets revealed,” listen up, because I'm here to let you in on a little secret...

There's a whole new way to blaze your trail to becoming Platform Developer II certified and it's going to change the way you prepare for certifications forever!

Skilling Up with Superbadges

If you're an avid Salesforce learner, then you'll know all about Trailhead, the fun way to learn Salesforce. As well as trails with modules and projects, there are also superbadges—and these are now key to earning your PDII certification.

Superbadges are skill-based credentials that showcase your Salesforce expertise. They provide you with a business scenario that you're then challenged to solve, and subsequently, build. If Trailhead badges represent what you’ve learned, superbadges prove that you can take what you’ve learned and apply it to solve complex business problems—the ultimate test of your knowledge in a real-world environment.

Since our entire reason for being is to empower you to learn and validate your Salesforce skills faster and easier, it makes perfect sense to deliver that learning on a platform that you already know and love. By bringing together the hands-on skill validation of superbadges, and the proctored security enforced by the Salesforce certification exam process, we're creating a magical new way for you to prove your complete understanding and prowess of Salesforce.

Your New Path to Platform Developer II

As announced at TrailheaDX yesterday, the requirements to earn the PDII certification will consist of two parts:

  1. A proctored multiple-choice exam—the same one that exists today.
  2. The completion of four defined superbadges—which replace the Programming Assignment—covering features, concepts, and scenarios that are essential for a Platform Developer to know, including Apex programming, data integration, and more.

The Platform Developer I (PDI) certification is still a prerequisite, but now, PDII will be more accessible to the Salesforce developer ecosystem at large. Here's a nifty picture of what the new journey looks like.

Once you're Platform Developer I certified, you can start your adventure by deciding how you want to complete the requirements for the next step in your developer journey. You can:

  • Earn the superbadges first, two of which are available today: Apex Specialist and Data Integration Specialist. The other two are in development now with a release date set for later this year.
  • Register for, and pass, the multiple-choice exam first

Either way, just note that a PASS on all above requirements is a must before you can take hold of the prized Platform Developer II credential.

Ready. Set. Blaze.

If you're ready to start blazing your trail now, simply log in to your Trailhead account, or sign up for one, and start working on those superbadges. And if you don't yet have the PDI certification, but have it in your sights, this is one of the great ways you can prepare and get some strong skill-based learning in. Then, when you're ready to climb higher, you'll already have some of the PDII prerequisites out of the way—bonus!

We're more excited then ever about the future of Salesforce certification and about delivering more scalable, self-service, real-time solutions to validate your expertise. Superbadges are the perfect partner to help us do that! If you'd like to learn more about the new PDII certification trail, we invite you to join our next live webinar on July 11th (register now), or check out the knowledge article for more details.

Happy trails!