Get Started with Platform Developer I Certification Prep

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the key topic areas of the Platform Developer I Certification.
  • Access resources that help you prepare for the Platform Developer I Certification.

The Platform Developer I Certification

The Salesforce Platform Developer I credential is designed for individuals who have experience developing and deploying basic business logic and user interfaces using the programmatic capabilities of the Lightning Platform.

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

  • Salesforce fundamentals: 7%
  • Data modeling and management: 13%
  • Process automation and logic: 38%
  • User interface: 25%
  • Testing, debugging and deployment: 17%

Preparing for the Exam

Preparing for the Platform Developer I Certification exam takes time! This module takes you through preparing for part of the exam. There are three additional modules to help you continue your journey toward certification.

All four 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 the contents in these modules? Each module includes a link to a printable version you can download. Download the Platform Developer I Certification Prep: Salesforce Fundamentals, Data Modeling and Management guide.

Exam Logistics and Policies

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

Recommended Experience
1 to 2 years of experience as a developer and at least 6 months of experience on the Lightning Platform
Number of Questions
60 multiple choice/multiple select questions
Passing Score
Received immediately
First attempt: $200 plus tax.
Additional attempts are half price.
Online or at a facility in your area
No hard-copy or online materials can be referenced during the exam.

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Maintain Your Certification

Once you take and pass your exam, how do you maintain your certification?

To maintain Salesforce Certification credentials, all certified professionals must successfully complete release maintenance exams specific to their credential. So, you need to complete the Platform Developer I Certification Maintenance module that’s provided for each release. There are three releases each year for the Platform Developer I Certification (Spring, Summer, Winter). If you don’t complete your maintenance requirements by the completion due date, your credentials expire.



If you’d like more information about certification maintenance, visit the Maintaining Your Salesforce Credential page.

Prepping for the Exam

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

  • Salesforce fundamentals: 7%
  • Data modeling and management: 13%

In each of the following units, you learn the key areas to study for these two sections of the exam and work through some common scenarios.

Next, let’s study up on Salesforce fundamentals. 

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