Why Get Salesforce Marketing Cloud Certified?
A Salesforce Marketer understands the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform to be able to create targeted marketing campaigns and connect with your customers effectively with 1:1 journeys.
Being a Salesforce Marketing can mean a variety of different marketing roles. For example, you can be a consultant at a partner company helping companies implement their marketing strategy, you can also be working in-house at any company that uses the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform, or you can even work within Salesforce directly as a Solutions Engineer helping clients create the best experiences for their marketing journeys. The path is limitless as the channels for marketing are ever expanding.
In order to be able to showcase your skills, you can gain relevant job experience on your resume and also obtain Salesforce Marketing Cloud certifications to show your knowledge of the Marketing Cloud tools and capabilities.
If you want to get Salesforce Marketing Cloud certified, there are 6 certifications that you will need to pass. Each one with a different degree of difficulty depending on your experience and level of knowledge within the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Certifications
- Marketing Cloud Administrator
- Marketing Cloud Consultant
- Marketing Cloud Developer
- Marketing Cloud Email Specialist
- Marketing Cloud Social Specialist (retired in 2019)
- Pardot Consultant
- Pardot Specialist
The 6 certifications above allows you to demonstrate your ability, knowledge, and skills in implementing and designing solutions within Salesforce Marketing Cloud. *Note that the Marketing Cloud Social Specialist was retired sometime in Spring 2019.
Which certification should I take first?
If you have never taken any of the Marketing Cloud certifications before, this is the order that I recommend taking them as each exam can get harder and as you study each exam, you can use the knowledge you’ve gained to apply to the next exam. I’ll explain more below.
- Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist
- Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Administrator
- Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant
- Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Developer
- Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist
- Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultant
I’ve linked each of the study guides below and the order in which you should study and take the exam. Some exams are also prerequisites to being able to take another exam.
Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist
If you have used the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform before in any capacity, the first Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist exam should be a walk in the park but you still should not take studying lightly. The questions on the exam can be tricky especially if you are reading through them too quickly.
The Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist exam is a prerequisite for being able to take the Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant exam. The Marketing Cloud Email Specialist certification tests your knowledge on email marketing best practices, email message design, content creation and delivery, marketing automation, subscriber and data management, and tracking and reporting.
Be sure to go through the exam study guide linked here: Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist and go through each of the linked articles to make sure you understand the key concepts.
Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Administrator
In order to pass the Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Administrator exam, you will need to have had administrator access in Marketing Cloud before. It would be more difficult trying to pass the exam based on just memorization as you actually need hands-on experience to try to get a lot of the questions correct.
The Marketing Cloud Administrator exam focuses on key areas within the Marketing Cloud platform: digital marketing proficiency, subscriber data management, setup, channel management, and maintenance.
The study guide here: Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Administrator goes in detail on what you need to study for and even with an update on what kind of questions I was asked on my version of the exam.
Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant
The Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant exam tests your encompassing knowledge of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform as a whole. It asks you a lot of situational questions as if you are providing solutions to a client using the tool.
The Marketing Cloud Consultant exam covers a breath of topics including: discovery, conceptual design, Marketing Cloud connect, account configuration, reporting, data design, automation, email build, contact builder, and journey builder.
The study guide for the Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant exam covers everything you’ll need to know in order to study and pass this exam.
Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Developer
The Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Developer exam is, in all honesty, one of the more difficult exams to pass. You’ll need to have working knowledge of AMPscript and SQL at least to be able to troubleshoot code and work through problems in each of the languages. Also as a Marketing Cloud Developer, you’ll have to thoroughly understand using API within Marketing Cloud (both REST API and SOAP API) and when to use either.
The Marketing Cloud Developer exam covers several topics: data modeling, programatic languages (AMPscript, SQL, SSJS), API, data management, and security.
Take a good look at the exam guide: Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Developer so that you can pass this exam and get your certification.
Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist
The Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist is a prerequisite for the Pardot Consultant exam so you must pass the specialist exam first. Pardot is generally an easier tool to learn so it is possible to be able to pass the Pardot Specialist exam without as much hand-on experience needed to pass Marketing Cloud exams.
The Pardot Specialist covers the Pardot platform, specifically around: visitors and prospects, administration, Pardot forms, form handlers, and landing pages, lead management, email marketing, and engagement studio.
The Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist study guide is a great start for you to dive in and study for the exam following each of the outlined paths.
Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultant
Lastly, the Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultant exam digs deeper into the Pardot platform specifically around those who have implemented Pardot solutions in customer-facing roles.
The Pardot Consultant exam will cover evaluating the current state of the Pardot instance, account configuration, automation business processes, email marketing, lead management, personalizing the prospect experience, reporting, metrics, and analytics, and Salesforce Engage.
Test Taking Tips and Techniques
Obtaining the coveted Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Pardot certifications is no easy feat. The questions on the exam are usually situation-type questions that require more than just memorization of terms and techniques, the wording on the exams are aimed to try to confuse you, and lastly the exams cover actual experience with the platforms and not just conceptual knowledge.
With these exams, some basic test-testing techniques can be applied.
- Eliminate Wrong Answers First
- Read Questions and Answers in its Entirety
- Use the “Mark to Review” button
- Use Every Minute of your allotted time
Eliminate Wrong Answers First
Remember to eliminate wrong answers first as all the questions are multiple choice. You’ll usually have 4 multiple choice answers which gives you a 25% probability of picking the right answer. If you could eliminate just one wrong answer, then your probability jumps to 33.33%. There is usually at least one multiple choice answer that is just way too wrong to be correct. If you can eliminate two wrong choice, then you basically have a coin flip of heads or tails chance of picking the right one.
Read Questions and Answers in its Entirety
Also take your time to read through the question and answers in their entirety before answering the question. The reason for this is that a lot of the times that questions and answers are written in a way where it can be construed the wrong way. The writers of the exam questions and answers want to make sure that you absolutely understand what they’re trying to ask so if you speed through the questions, it could be interpreted the wrong way. For example, instead of calling the Content Builder tool what it is, the exam question might call it “Email Builder.” The mix-up of wording can cause you to choose the wrong answer.
Use the “Mark to Review” button
Don’t be afraid to use the “Mark to Review” button on each question that you’re unsure about. You will likely have time at the end of the exam leftover for you to go back and review those questions again. Sometimes, you may even find the answer to that particular question in another question! For example, two questions may have conflicting answers and if you know the answer to one of them, you’ll be able to go back and figure out the answer to the one you marked to review. This goes hand-in-hand with making sure you take the time to read question and answers in its entirety to catch these types of repeated questions/answers.
Use Every Minute of your allotted time
The common theme is to take your time when reading and answering questions. You are usually allotted about 90 minutes to take the exam with about 60 multiple choice questions (each exam is different but it follows a similar outline). Given those two numbers that gives you about a minute and a half to answer a question. Some questions may take you 2-3 minutes and some may take you 30 seconds. But usually that is enough time for you to slow things down and read each sentence in the question and answers to make sure you understand it. Even when you’re done with the exam and have time left over, go back and go through each question to make sure that it is correct. These exams aren’t cheap and you don’t want to have to retake them!
Salesforce Certification Coupon Codes
The last thing I want to leave you with is an updated list of Salesforce Certification Coupon Codes. These codes can work for any of the exams listed in this post and also any Salesforce CRM exams as well. The coupons are updated regularly to give you the best discount on the Salesforce Certification Exams.