Salesforce Certified Developer (SFCFD)

The Certified Developer exam is for individuals who want to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities building custom applications and analytics using the declarative capabilities of the platform. Here are examples of the concepts you should understand to pass the exam:

  • Build custom applications using the point-and-click capabilities of the platform
  • Design the data model, user interface, business logic, and security for custom applications
  • Design reports, dashboards, and portals


No formal prerequisites, however attendance of !SF-DEV401 is recommend.

Recommended training for this certification

As preparation for this exam, Training and Certification recommends a combination of: six or more months of hands-on experience building custom applications and analytics using the declarative capabilities of the platform; training course completion; and self-study. Training and Certification recommends the following book, instructor-led and online courses to guide your study:

  • !SF-DEV401
  • Book: Fundamentals
  • Online course: Application Essentials
  • Online course: Analytics as a Service
  • Online course: Data Management
  • Online course: Designing Apps for Multiple Users
  • Online course: Implementing Business Process
  • Online course: Visualforce Pages

Exams Certified Developer

  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • 90 minutes allotted to complete the exam
  • 68% is the passing score
  • Registration fee is USD 200
  • Retake fee is USD 100
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam


Successful completion of online, release-specific Certified Developer exams is required to maintain this credential. Release exams are published three times a year for each of the product releases throughout the year. The initial cost of the certification includes the Certified Developer exam plus two online release exams. In subsequent years, an annual maintenance fee of $100 will be charged when registering for every third release exam, to keep the certification current. The maintenance fee includes the three release exams and access to the supporting training material. Certified professionals will be notified automatically when new release training material and exams become available.


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