Salesforce Certification

Architect Journey Overview

The Architect Journey offers three tiers of certification designed to recognize and promote your skills and specializations. Salesforce Certified Architecture Specialists are recognized for their knowledge and expertise on particular domains within the Architect Academy. Salesforce Certified Domain Architects are recognized for their broad and deep architecture expertise across a number of domains. Salesforce Certified Technical Architects demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and capabilities to build and design high-performance technical solutions on the platform across all Architect domains.

Credential Overview

The Salesforce Certified Technical Architect credential is designed for those with broad knowledge across multiple development platforms who draw on their skills to assess customer architecture to design secure, high-performance technical solutions on the platform.

Here are some 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

Reference Materials

If you are ready to get started on your Salesforce Architect Journey, there’s no better way to prepare than with our free self-directed resource guides. Curated under the guidance and expertise of our Certified Technical Architect community, each guide provides you a compilation of training content that includes reference materials, videos, technical documentation, and specific case scenarios that enable you to practice. And because the guides are delivered as an eBook, you can consume them on your own time, on your desktop or other preferred device.

About the Exam

There are three components that make up the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect exam. Successful completion of each component is required to move on to the next one. To earn the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect credential, you must successfully complete all three components in order:

Component 1: Self-Evaluation

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

Component 2: Multiple-choice Exam

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

Component 3: Review Board Presentation

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

A full exam outline, recommended training, and reference materials are available in the exam guide.

The Certified Technical Architect Review Board schedule is below. All candidates must appear in person for one of 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, please open a case.

Review Board DatesLocationDate Registration OpensStatus
November 9 - 18, 2016San Francisco, CASeptember 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCLOSED
November 7 - 18, 2016Paris, FranceSeptember 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCLOSED
November 7 - 18, 2016Tokyo, Japan*November 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCLOSED
January 9 - 19, 2017New York, NYNovember 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PSTCLOSED
February 6 - 10, 2017Hyderabad, IndiaOpen a Case*CLOSED
February 20 - 24, 2017Sydney, NSWJanuary 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m. PSTOPEN

  • Exam dates and locations are subject to change at the discretion of Salesforce
  • The Tokyo review board proceedings will be in the Japanese language
  • *Please open a case to request availability
  • There is no wait list available for these exams

Sample Questions

These sample questions are representative of what you can expect to see on the Salesforce Certified Technical Architect exam and are designed to help you become familiar with the testing format. More sample questions are available in our Exam 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.