Learning Salesforce.com and keeping your knowledge up-to-date has always been challenging. With Salesforce's 3 releases / year, anyone that wants to stay current has a nice challenge cut out for him or her. Even though there are the mandatory release exams which any certified Salesforce professional has to tackle, in practice a lot more effort is needed to cover all of the release's changes and additions, not to mention staying current with the growing Salesforce.com ecosystem.

Trailhead

Some time ago, Salesforce.com introduced Trailhead. Trailhead allows anyone to train themselves into areas of their interest. Through its modular approach, selecting the relevant topics to study is straight forward. Completing modules will earn you so called badges. Badges give you bragging rights in the Salesforce community. Until recently I was kind of reluctant of the concept, which I thought lacked comprehension and made Salesforce expertise into some Facebook-like gimmick.

Badge Collection

Since Dreamforce 2016, Salesforce.com has stepped up its effort. It's actively promoting Trailhead, spotlighting "Trailblazers" and generally encouraging anyone in the Salesforce realm to start collecting badges. This week I decided to give in and start collecting some badges as well. It turned out to be a fun way to learn about the Salesforce features I was less familiar with, as well as refresh knowledge of some topics that don't come by frequently in day to day practise. It also turned out to be a great way to familiarize myself with new topics I did not have time yet to look into.

Trailhead is indeed a revolutionary way to learn Salesforce. It's fun. It's easy to use. It's free. It's broad in scope. It's even much more comprehensive than I thought. Some of the modules/trails contain some serious hands-on coding or configuration, more than I had expected. Due to the time constraint I therefore decided to grab some of the low hanging fruit, just to get a bunch of badges on my barren Trailhead profile so I could brag about them in this blog :)

I can recommend everyone that wants to learn Salesforce (better) in a fun way to start collecting badges too. There's many to be collected and some of them are really challenging. I expect that Trailhead will become a serious credential for Salesforce expertise in the future and besides that, it's a great preparation for the exams!

For a closer look at my Trailhead profile, check this link https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/users/profiles/0055000000612EzAAI

 

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