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For many Trailblazers, the learning journey starts with Trailhead. and the goal of earning the top rank of Ranger
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How To Skill Up With Salesforce and Become a Trailhead Ranger

Make time for learning and plan your path with Salesforce by rising up through the Trailhead ranks on your Road to Ranger.

Most Trailblazers begin their Salesforce journey with a learning goal. From determining the right role to onboarding or learning new skills, from broadening knowledge and expertise to becoming Salesforce certified. But for many, the learning journey starts with Trailhead with the goal of earning the top rank of Ranger.

Trailhead is Salesforce’s free online learning platform that empowers anyone to skill up for the future.

Trailblazers that learn with Trailhead are passionate individuals with the desire to grow their skills and careers, try new paths, and blaze trails for future Trailblazers.

Learn new skills with Trailhead

It is amazing to watch Trailblazers introduce themselves to Trailhead and find excitement, not only for learning but also for the Salesforce platform opportunities.

Trailhead allows everyone to join the workforce of the future regardless of gender, ethnicity, education level, or socioeconomic background. The online learning platform provides access to a growing library of content represented by almost one thousand badges covering business, tech, the Salesforce CRM platform, and soft skills.

More than 3.3 million learners across the world skill up and earn resume-worthy credentials on Trailhead, all while discovering new career opportunities and connecting with the vibrant Trailblazer Community. The most coveted achievement is the rank of Trailhead Ranger, which requires 100 badges and 50,000 points.

The top rank of Ranger might not be the initial reason someone starts learning on Trailhead but it fast becomes a goal for those working their way through the vast content Trailhead provides. It can also signify that you’re ready to take the next step and earn a Trailhead superbadge or even a globally recognized Salesforce certification.

#RoadToRanger

But how do you become a Trailhead Ranger? Where’s the best place to start?

Road to Ranger was designed to create the perfect blend of badges and points to take the guesswork out of how to reach Ranger status.

If you find yourself learning on Trailhead and you’re not sure what products to dive into or what role best suits you, start with the basics in Trailmix 1 below. Once you reach that goal of Ranger, a clearer learning path might form for you.

Road to Ranger was designed to create the perfect blend of badges and points to take the guesswork out of how to reach Ranger status. It consists of three trailmixes (think of these as learning playlists).

  • Trailmix 1 — Get started with the basics about Trailhead, Salesforce, and some important guiding principles.
  • Trailmix 2 — Take a look at our technology.
  • Trailmix 3 — Get hands-on and earn some points!

Learning is not a race

No matter what stage you’re at on Trailhead, the Road to Ranger trailmixes are for everyone. Though we recommend working through them in sequential order to help you build on the knowledge you gain along the way.

If you’ve already earned some badges, you’ve already got a headstart! Everyone’s learning pace is different. Remember it’s not a race! Increasing your rank should take time.

Since its inception in 2014, Trailhead’s focus has been on interactive learning. Little known fact but when we first launched Trailhead we only offered hands-on challenges; the multiple-choice quizzes didn’t exist then!

We added the quizzes later as the content library grew to include soft skills and business skills (topics that didn’t require hands-on learning in a Trailhead Playground)

And learning is a community sport

Sometimes, finding time to dedicate to Trailhead can be tricky. That’s where the Trailblazer Community can help!

With a number of #TrailheadTuesday and #SalesforceSaturday events happening around the world and online, this provides an informal way to connect with fellow Trailblazers and work on Trailhead together.

Consider doing something similar and gathering online or in-person with your colleagues. Learning is a team sport, and sometimes it’s nice to be able to talk through a harder unit or hands-on challenge with someone else.

Many events are organized by your local Trailblazer Community Group so check in with your local group leader or start a group of your own!

The Quest part!

The real reward for becoming a Ranger is, of course, all that learning. But with Trailhead Quests, there’s even more incentive to unlock your Ranger rank.

The monthly #RoadToRanger quest gives you the chance to win* an iconic black Trailblazer Hoodie.

We hope that the Road to Ranger not only helps you build your skills but also your confidence to be the best Trailblazer you can be.

* See official rules at sforce.co/TrailheadQuests.

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