Architects Track


Step One: Get Started

Architects: Mastermind high-performing Force.com technical solutions

As a Technical Architect with broad knowledge across multiple development platforms, you assess the architectural environment and business requirements to design secure, high-performing technical solutions on the Force.com platform. You communicate technical solutions to business stakeholders and provide a delivery framework that ensures quality and success.

With a Technical Architect credential, you’ll demonstrate your ability to architect efficient and scalable solutions, integrating the Force.com platform into the enterprise architecture. Your in-demand skills will be sought by companies who want to fully invest in a cloud infrastructure.

Step Two: Get Ready

Are you ready to become a Salesforce Certified Technical Architect? If you are Salesforce Developer certified, have technical architect experience across many platforms, have integrated multiple systems in real time, and can communicate architecture best practices and design trade-offs, then you may be ready for the Technical Architect program.

The Study Guide for this credential includes detailed information about the program, the topics covered in the exams, and the steps necessary to become a Salesforce Certified Architect.

Step Three: Get Certified

You're ready! Register for the exam now.

Step Four: Keep It Going

Congratulations! Download the certified logo to use on business cards, email signatures, and professional networking sites. Keep the credential by passing short online maintenance exams after each major Salesforce release. Don’t worry—we provide release training and a release exam schedule to help you keep your credential. To take it to the next level, consider preparing for the Advanced-level credential.

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The Salesforce Certified Technical Architect program is designed for technical architects who want to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and capabilities to assessing customer architecture; designing secure, high-performance technical solutions on the Force.com platform; communicating technical solutions and design tradeoffs effectively to business stakeholders; and providing a delivery framework that ensures quality and success. Here are examples of the concepts you should understand to pass the exam:

  • Design a technical architecture solution that may span multiple platforms and include integration and authentication across systems
  • Manage the development lifecycle to ensure the delivery of highly secure solutions that are optimized for performance and built to scale
  • Articulate design considerations, trade-offs, benefits, and recommendations for a technical architecture

About the Exam

The Salesforce Certified Technical Architect program has three components: (1) self-evaluation, (2) multiple-choice exam, and (3) review board presentation. To earn the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect credential, you must successfully complete all three components in this order. Successful completion of each component is required to move on to the next step.


  • 42 multiple-choice questions
  • 30 minutes allotted to complete the exam (online, non-proctored)
  • There is no registration fee
  • Current status as a Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer or a Salesforce Certified App Builder is a prerequisite

Multiple-choice Exam:

  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • 120 minutes allotted to complete the exam (proctored)
  • 63% is the passing score
  • Registration fee is USD 500
  • Retake fee is USD 250
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam

Review Board Presentation

  • Presentation and discussion of the architecture solution for a hypothetical scenario
  • Registration fee is USD 6000 and USD 3000 for each subsequent attempt
  • 4 hours allotted to complete the exam
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam

Recommend training, reference materials and full exam outlined in the Study Guide.

Review Board Registration

Registration for New York review boards for January 18-29 is now open. Please visit Webassessor to register. If all exam sessions are full, please check back periodically as cancellations will allow for additional registrations. Please see the schedule below for details.

Review Board Schedule

The review board schedule for 2015/2016 is below. We will publish additional dates later in the year. We encourage candidates to attend the review board in person, however, we do provide the option to present remotely. For additional information Open a Case with the Salesforce.com Certification team.

Additional Registration OpensReview Board DatesLocation
CLOSEDOctober 5-16, 2015New York
CLOSEDDecember 7-16, 2015Japan*
OPENJanuary 18-29, 2016New York


  • Exam dates are subject to change at the discretion of Salesforce
  • The Japanese review board is for Japanese speaking candidates only*

Sample Questions

The samples below are representative of the questions on the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect exam, and are designed to help you become familiar with the types of questions on the exam. The actual exam questions may be more or less difficult than the questions below.

For more sample questions, click here for the Study Guide.

Universal Containers uses custom security tokens to allow employees to access internally hosted applications. The company would like to integrate with Salesforce, but does not want to change the existing security mechanism.

Which option should be considered?
(There are two correct answers)

  1. Use the OAuth 2.0 API and protocol to decipher and translate tokens and establish user identity in Salesforce.
  2. Use an AppExchange tool to translate the custom token to a token understood by the Salesforce authentication framework.
  3. Use delegated authentication to handle login requests and validate the custom security token.
  4. Use a custom Apex security service to decrypt tokens and authenticate against credentials stored on the Salesforce user record.

The Answer is B,C.

Universal Containers is building an Order Management System (OMS) in Salesforce and designing the order entry data model, which will require multiple data lookup relationships. The company has decided to use a third normal form (3NF) data model.

Which performance impact should an architect communicate to Universal Containers related to this design?

  1. Performance when adding new orders
  2. Performance when updating existing orders
  3. Query performance when searching for orders
  4. Query performance when running order reports

The Answer is D.

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