Get Started with Platform App Builder Certification Prep

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the key topic areas of the Salesforce Platform App Builder Certification.
  • Access resources to prepare yourself for the Salesforce Platform App Builder Certification.

The Salesforce Platform App Builder Certification 

The Salesforce Platform App Builder credential is designed for individuals who have experience developing custom applications on the Lightning Platform. They enhance the Salesforce Platform experience and extend Salesforce functionality through development and enablement on the Lightning Platform.

Salesforce Platform App Builders generally have at least 6 months’ experience in the following areas.

  • Familiarity with the capabilities of the Lightning Platform
  • Awareness of Salesforce license types and related considerations
  • Ability to design applications to support business processes and reporting requirements
  • Familiarity with capabilities and customization used to enhance the mobile user experience
  • Familiarity with the Salesforce development environments and the options available to deploy applications and manage changes on the Lightning Platform

This exam covers these key sections, each making up a certain percentage of the exam.

  • Salesforce Fundamentals: 23%
  • User Interface: 17%
  • Data Modeling and Management: 22%
  • Business Logic and Process Automation: 28%
  • App Deployment: 10%

By successfully passing the Salesforce Platform App Builder exam, you demonstrate a thorough knowledge of developing custom applications on the Lightning Platform.

Preparing for the Exam

Preparing for the Salesforce Platform App Builder exam takes time! This module takes you through preparing for part of the exam. There is one additional module to help you continue your journey toward certification.

All modules contain real-world scenarios, interactive flashcards, links to resources, and key topic areas to study. Don’t forget to join the Trailblazer Community, where you can ask questions, collaborate, and join groups to help you prepare for your exam.

Download the Guide

Would you like a hard copy of this module’s content as a study aid? Download the Platform App builder Cert Prep: Fundamentals and User Interface guide. (Each module in this trail includes a link to a printable version of the content that you can download.)

Exam Logistics and Policies

Curious about the logistics of the exam? Here are some quick facts for you.

Recommended Experience

6 months to 1 year of experience building applications on the Lightning Platform

Number of Questions


Passing Score


Time to Complete the Exam

105 minutes


Received immediately




Online or at a facility in your area


No hard-copy or online materials can be referenced during the exam

The quality of our certification exams and the value our credentials provide are our highest priorities. Protecting the security and confidentiality of our exams is essential to providing our customers with credentials that are respected and industry-leading.

As a participant of the Salesforce Certification program, you’re required to accept the terms of the Salesforce Certification Program Agreement. Read the Salesforce Certification Program Agreement and Policies to take a look at some important reminders about the certification exam.

Maintain Your Certification

Once you take and pass your exam (woohoo!), how do you maintain your certification?

To maintain Salesforce Certification credentials, all certified professionals must successfully complete release maintenance exams specific to their credential. You are required to complete a Salesforce Platform App Builder certification maintenance module on Trailhead once a year. If you don’t complete your maintenance requirements by the completion due date, your credentials expire.



For more information about certification maintenance, visit the Maintaining Your Salesforce Credential page.

What This Module Covers

This module is focused on these key topics, with each topic covered in its own unit.

  • Salesforce Fundamentals: 23%
  • User Interface: 17%

In each of the units, you learn the key areas to study for each section of the exam, including working through common scenarios.

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