information about the important dates for release exams, programming assignments, and the Certified Technical Architect review board.

Maintaining a Credential

To maintain Salesforce certification credentials, all certified professionals must successfully complete annual release exams specific to their credential. To learn more about maintaining your credential, please visit this knowledge article.

Release Exam Schedule

Depending on the credential you hold, you may have anywhere from one to three release exams to complete per year. Please visit this knowledge article to understand how many release exams are associated with your credential. Release exams will be available according to the schedule below. Salesforce Certified Professionals will be notified by email when release training materials and exams become available.

Release ExamDate AvailableCompletion Deadline
Winter ‘16Available Now!July 8, 2016
Spring ‘16Available Now!October 28, 2016
Summer ‘16July 11, 2016March 3, 2017

NOTE: Exam dates are subject to change at the discretion of Salesforce.

*Salesforce Specialist and Designer release exams are published once per year and are included in the Spring release. For Spring '16, the Specialist release exams have a completion deadline of March 3, 2017. Designer release exams will launch in Spring '17.


Completing the Salesforce Certification Programming Assignment and Essay Exam

The Programing Assignment and Essay exam are key components of the Salesforce Certified Force.com Advanced Developer and Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II credentials. By defending your position you prove your skill and expertise. To be eligible to sit for the Programming Assignment and Essay exam, you must first meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have passed the Advanced Developer multiple-choice exam
  • You have passed the Advanced Developer multiple-choice exam and the Platform Developer I and Platform Developer II transition exams
  • You have passed the Platform Developer II multiple-choice exam

Candidates who meet one of these criteria will receive instructions via email on how to submit a request to register for one of the pre-defined testing windows (shown below). Once you are successfully registered for a testing window, you can expect the following:

  • You will have 30 days from the start of the testing window to complete your Programming Assignment and Essay exam
  • Detailed scenario requirements and submission steps will be provided via email
  • You should budget a minimum of 20 hours to complete the Programming Assignment
  • The Programming Assignment is non-proctored and open-book; however, no collaboration between candidates, use of Salesforce support, or solicitation from others permitted
  • You will have 60 minutes to complete the proctored Essay exam in Webassessor
  • The Essay exam contains up to 5 written questions

Please visit the Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II track for more information.

Programming Assignment Registration AvailableTesting Window Open:
Programming Assignments Distributed
Testing Window Closed:
Programming Assignments Completion Deadline
Capacity FullJuly 12, 2016August 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PST
Available now!September 13, 2016October 13, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PST

NOTES:
  • Exam dates are subject to change at the discretion of Salesforce
  • Scenarios for Japanese candidates will be provided in the Japanese language

Completing the Certified Technical Architect Review Board Presentation

To earn the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect credential, candidates must successfully complete the following three components:

  • Self-evaluation
  • Multiple-choice exam
  • Review board presentation

Once candidates have completed the first two steps, they may register to appear before the review board. During the scheduled review board session, candidates will present the technical architecture for a hypothetical scenario to a panel of review board judges and respond to questions related to the solutions in an interview-style format. Please visit the Technical Architect page to learn more about the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect credential.

Review Board Schedule

The Certified Technical Architect Review Board schedule is below. All candidates must appear in person for one the review boards listed below. This year, we have increased the number of review boards and have included some new locations. Please visit Webassessor to register. If all exam sessions are full, please check Webassessor periodically as cancellations will allow for additional registrations.

For additional information, open a case.

Date Registration OpensStatusReview Board DatesLocation
April 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCLOSEDMay 16 - 27, 2016Atlanta, GA
April 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCLOSEDMay 17 - 27, 2016London (Staines, UK)
June 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONAugust 15 - 26, 2016San Francisco, CA
July 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONSeptember 7 - 23, 2016Atlanta, GA
July 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONSeptember 12 – 23, 2016Sydney, NSW
September 19, 2106, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONNovember 9 – 18, 2016San Francisco, CA
September 19, 2106, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONNovember 7 – 18, 2016Paris, France
September 19, 2106, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONNovember 7 – 18, 2016Tokyo, Japan*
November 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONJanuary 9 – 19, 2017New York, NY
November 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCOMING SOONJanuary 9 – 20, 2017Sydney, NSW

NOTES:
  • Exam dates and locations are subject to change at the discretion of Salesforce
  • The Tokyo review board proceedings will be in the Japanese language
  • There is no wait list available for these exams