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Salesforce Advanced Administrator Certification Exam Changes

As Salesforce continuously makes improvements to their product offerings, updates to their respective certification exams are also made to reflect these enhancements. 


As a result, changes have been made to the Salesforce Advanced Administrator certification exam on December 8, 2021.

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The old exam outline previously had 10 sections and 17 detailed objectives, whereas the new exam outline (effective December 8, 2021) now has 7 sections and 25 detailed objectives. 

Author: Martin Gessner


Martin Gessner is the Founder of Focus on Force. 


He has spent over 10 years working in various Salesforce roles including business analyst, project manager, consultant and solutions architect. Along the way he has earned twelve certifications, published "The Salesforce Career Playbook", and helps Salesforce professionals learn more about Salesforce, develop their career and prepare for certifications.

Old Sections

Let's begin by taking a look at the sections of the old exam outline. Security and Access was its highest-weighted section at 20%. This was followed by Process and Automation at 13%, Sales Cloud Applications, Service Cloud Applications, Data Management, Change Management, and Analytics, Reports and Dashboards at 10% each, Extending Custom Objects and Applications at 8%, Auditing and Monitoring at 6%, and finally, Content Management at 3%.

OLD SECTIONS

OLD WEIGHTINGS %

Security and Access

20%

Process and Automation

13%

Sales Cloud Applications

10%

Service Cloud Applications

10%

Data Management

10%

Change Management

10%

Analytics, Reports and Dashboards

10%

Extending Custom Objects and Applications

8%

Auditing and Monitoring

6%

Content Management

3%

Changes to Sections

While the core concepts remain the same, a few key changes to the updated Salesforce Advanced Administrator certification exam outline have taken place:

  1. 1
    Renamed sections and detailed objectives
  2. 2
    Changes to the weighted percentages
  3. 3
    Additional topics to be introduced (i.e. Standard Salesforce suite of products that enable extending the core platform, Ensuring sensitive data is setup to support a business/legal/compliance use case in production and sandbox environments, and Methods to connect to, access, backup/restore, or archive data outside of the Salesforce platform.)

OLD

SECTIONS

OLD WEIGHTINGS %

RENAMED SECTIONS

NEW WEIGHTINGS %

DETAILS TO CHANGES

Security and Access

20%

Security and Access

20%

NO CHANGES

Process and Automation

13%

Process and Automation

20%

✓ Weighting increased by 7%

Sales Cloud Applications

10%

Cloud Applications

11%

✓ Section renamed


✓ Combined with Service Cloud Applications in Cloud Applications


Weighting increased by 1%

Service Cloud Applications

10%

Cloud Applications

11%

✓ Section renamed


✓ Combined with Sales Cloud Applications in Cloud Applications


 Weighting increased by 1%

Data Management

10%

Data and Analytics Management

13%

✓ Section renamed


Weighting increased by 3%

Change Management

10%

Environment Management and Deployment

7%

✓ Section renamed


Weighting decreased by 3%

Analytics, Reports and Dashboards

10%

✓ Combined with Data and Analytics Management

Extending Custom Objects and Applications

8%

Objects and Applications

19%

✓ Section renamed


Weighting increased by 11%

Auditing and Monitoring

6%

Auditing and Monitoring

10%

Weighting increased by 4%

Content Management

3%

RETIRED

With the changes that have happened on December 8th, Security and Access is still highest-weighted section at 20%, along with Process and Automation.

Additionally, the following new topics have been introduced:

  • Standard Salesforce suite of products that enable extending the core platform (i.e. Quip, Slack, Email Studio, Mobile Studio, Customer 360 Audiences, Advertising Studio, Interaction Studio, Social Studio, Datorama, Loyalty Management, Integration (Mulesoft), Industry Cloud (Vlocity), Einstein (AI), and myTrailhead)
  • Ensuring sensitive data is setup to support a business/legal/compliance use case in production and sandbox environments (i.e. US Federal Privacy Laws, US State-specific Privacy Law (CCPA, Massachusetts General Law Chapter 93H), Salesforce industry certifications, Finance Industry-specific (PCI DSS, FACTA, FCRA, GLBA), and Health Industry-specific (HIPAA))
  • Methods to connect to, access, backup/restore, or archive data outside of the Salesforce platform (i.e. big objects, data warehouse, external objects, data lakes, third-party solutions, and Salesforce Connect)

Focus on Force Tip: If you've scheduled your exam for after December 8th, make sure you give enough attention to the Process and Automation and Objects and Applications sections as these topics have gained more importance with the new structure.

Retained Sections

Three sections remain the same and these are: Security and Access, Process and Automation, and Auditing and Monitoring. There are no changes to Security and Access, and only the weightings have changed on Process and Automation, and Auditing and Monitoring.

Security and Access stays exactly the same

Process and Automation has a 7% increase in its weighting

Auditing and Monitoring has a 4% increase in its weighting

Updated Detailed Objectives

As mentioned, the number of detailed objectives within the sections has been increased from 17 to 25 as of December 8, 2021.


The updated exam outline now has the following detailed objectives (Click on each section to view):

Security and Access: 20% (4)

Objects and Applications: 19% (2)

Cloud Applications: 11% (6)

Environment Management and Deployment: 7% (2)

Process Automation: 20% (4)

Data and Analytics Management: 13% (4)

Auditing and Monitoring: 10% (3)

In Summary

Changes have occurred to the Salesforce Advanced Administrator certification exam starting December 8, 2021, to reflect recent improvements done by Salesforce.


To summarize, the key changes are as follows:

  • The number of sections has decreased from 10 to 7
  • The number of detailed objectives has increased from 17 to 25
  • sections have been renamed, 3 remain the same, and 1 has been retired.
  • Changes to weighted percentages
  • Additional new topics will be introduced, as per the new exam outline (i.e. Standard Salesforce suite of products that enable extending the core platform, Ensuring sensitive data is setup to support a business/legal/compliance use case in production and sandbox environments, and Methods to connect to, access, backup/restore, or archive data outside of the Salesforce platform.)

Best of luck to test-takers!

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