Salesforce Certification Tip: How to get Salesforce Developer Certification (DEV-401) studying only 12 hours ?

What to study to pass the certification exam?

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There is a LOT of good resources to study in order to get the Developer Certification (aka DEV-401). Well, I my opinion if you have a good previous experience working on the platform, let’s say more than 6 months, you don’t need to study too much to pass the exam. 

Having said that, If you focus the main points to be asked during the exam I believe you could success investing only 12 hours of study.

Those next resources were key for me:
  1. Study Guide: It is quite important to understand the topics than will be part of the exam. (30m)
  2. Force Platform Fundamentals: This is the main resource. The exam is based mostly in questions formed with samples from this book. This book explains the main features of Platform guiding over an use case called “Universal Recruitment”. Here I’ll review every non-coding developer feature like: Custom Objects, Relations, Fields, Page layouts, Security, Roles, Profiles, Applications, Views, etc, etc.  If those concepts are not new for you, you will complete it in less than 8h.
  3. Summary: There is plenty of good summaries but this is awesome. Simple, short and extend enough. This excellent post will give you a clear idea of the main limits and amounts that is good to remember. Besides the precise components definitions.
  4. Dumps: Last but not least, I think that is a good idea to get familiar with the exam methodology. Dumps for that are the faster way. This post has a good amount of question samples (they are real, old but real questions). However, take those questions as a practise over the methodology and not over the content of them because many of the answers are wrong. (1.5h)

Extra Resource

If you have time available to keep studying I found the complete podcast of lessons of DEV-401. Those videos are a slower but deeper way to know 95% of the topics that will be asked during the exam. (**20h)

Summing up

As I said, if you have previous experience in and a good technical background from my point of view you can pass the Developer Certification exam just studying well those resources.
Good luck!

15 thoughts on “Salesforce Certification Tip: How to get Salesforce Developer Certification (DEV-401) studying only 12 hours ?

  1. Divakar Babu

    I promised to myself that I’ll write a blog after passing Salesforce Developer Certification.
    I passed Dev401 on 28th Jan 2015.
    These are the things I followed for the exam.
    1. Salesforce Study Guide
    This is the first document to be referred to understand particularly the exam outline. This gives details on the topics that will be covered with the weighting in percentage for each section.
    2. Salesforce fundamentals
    This is the second document to be followed. I prefer the html version. You need to create a developers account and you can develop a complete application using all topics of point and click functionality. Most important: You’ll get many questions using the scenario ‘Universal Containers’
    3. The next thing is the podcast video. These are very old videos but the core concept is always the same. Chrish Barry is awesome!
    4. Next comes ForcePrepare website. It has the tutorials as well as mock exam.
    Mock Exam:
    5. Next and the best one is Hari Krishnan’s Blog. This is the best blog with every minute information related to the exam.
    He prepared notes from premiere training.
    Follow this link for the notes.
    6. Next is the best book to prepare for the certification. “ Developer Certification Handbook by Siddesh Kabe. It is a comprehensive handbook to guide developers through important fundamentals and prepare them for the DEV401 exam
    7. Next comes the dumps. I followed the following websites.

    I hope it helps.

    Divakar Babu
    You can write me on

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