The instructor advises regarding the approximate time commitment and fees involved in pre-testing education as well as the cost of the Salesforce Certified Administrator exam.
- [Christopher] Becoming a Salesforce Certified Administrator is going to cost you time and money. The good news for you is that it's going to be very affordable. And the investment can pay you back in an extraordinary way considering that Salesforce Administration is among the most sought after technology skills in business today. Let's take a look at the time and cost commitment you can expect. First of all, I'm pleased to say that the out of pocket cost of taking the exam is really affordable and it only costs $200.
If you don't pass the first time you attempt the exam, the retake fee is only $100. Practice exams are only $20. And I recommend that you take a practice exam to evaluate your Salesforce knowledge prior to going for the certification exam. Now if you're a veteran administrator and you're confident in your complete knowledge of Salesforce Admin, then you can jump right in and become certified as quickly as you can schedule and take your certification exam.
There's absolutely no downside to taking the exam. Whether you're self taught or formally trained in Salesforce, taking the Salesforce Certified Administrator Exam involves absolutely no prerequisites. And you can leverage your hands on experience and jump right in and take the exam. When you require more support and you're not fully comfortable going out and taking the exam immediately, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to acquiring the education you need.
The cost and time commitment will follow the blueprint that you select. No if you're an independent self starter, I'd recommend carving out 30 to 90 days of your time to prepare for the exam depending on your level of experience with Salesforce, your prior experience with CRM Services, and how easily you comprehend Cloud Computing Architecture. Now for self study, the pre-testing costs will be close to zero providing that you're willing to read and explore Salesforce Official Resources, such as the Certification Exam Guide, the Trailheads for Admins, the official Salesforce documentation, as well as our very own courses here on the library.
Now my 30 to 90 day timeline considers that you're also involved with other career and family obligations. And that you'll be spending perhaps as much as a dozen hours a week or more on study time. In my humble opinion, the resources that are required to expand your Salesforce Administration knowledge can be had for a very low cost, especially if you're proficient with independent study. Now if you prefer to work with instructor led training, Salesforce offers courses and they're quite expensive costing thousands of dollars.
Now some folks prefer to work with a live instructor, a tutor, or a mentor. And this is where your costs will grow significantly. While I'd encourage you to self study and then take the exam, you'll need to do what's right for you. The cost before taking the exam can be zero or as much as thousands of dollars, depending on how you approach the process. Hopefully, you now have a clearer view of the time and cost of preparing for taking the Salesforce Certified Administrator Exam.
And don't stress about the process. If you fail your first attempt, you can always reschedule your exam the very next day after receiving your exam results. Salesforce allows an unlimited number of attempts and each retake of the exam is only 50% of the original price.
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