Introduction to Salesforce Certification and Career Planning
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Learn What Salesforce Is and Certification and Career Paths Available to You. Get a Free Salesforce Account, too!
4.5 (782 ratings)
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Last updated 5/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Comprehend Cloud Computing
  • Understand What Salesforce Is
  • Recognize the Myriad of Cloud Career Paths that Salesforce Provides
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This Course and Instructor were recently featured in InfoWorld.

This course covers the Salesforce Platform and Cloud Computing. I cover the various Salesforce certification and career opportunities that are out there and help you chart your course to the cloud. 

I cover what cloud computing is, what Salesforce is, and the types of jobs available to you. I also give you tips on how to get resume building experience. This course is a starting point for you to chart your course to a well paying and satisfying cloud career. I conclude this course with recommended next steps and resources to get you on the fast track to certification, and ultimately, relentlessly pursued by recruiters.

The demand for Salesforce Developers, Administrators, Consultants, Architects, Business Analysts, Project Managers, etc. is immense. The Salesforce Platform is an attainable path to developing applications in the cloud, without code. No experience is required. You can do it!

After Thousands of Udemy Survey ratings for my courses, the students have spoken:

"Are you learning valuable information?" 99.6% answered YES

"Are the explanations of the concepts clear?" 99.8% answered YES

"Is the instructor knowledgeable about the topic?" 99.9% answered YES

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for absolute beginners. No programming experience or prior Salesforce knowledge is required. This course is intended for anyone who is interested in a career in the cloud.
  • Salesforce is a platform that many professionals administer and develop on every day without writing a single line of code, so this course is intended for non-coders desiring a career change.
  • Existing administrators and developers on the Salesforce Platform should not take this course. Additionally, those that are looking for tutorials and exercises on the Salesforce Platform should not take this course, because I only cover concepts, career paths, certification options and cloud computing in general.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:23:19
1 Lecture 01:58

I cover my background, certifications, and why this course exists. The purpose of this course is to answer common questions from those unfamiliar with the Salesforce Platform, and set expectations for what you will learn in this course.

Preview 01:58
Cloud Concepts
5 Lectures 25:13

New to the cloud, or not sure what cloud computing even is? We discuss why cloud computing has been so revolutionary in this day and age, and how you can leverage various cloud-based skills to super-charge your career.

Preview 04:15

We discuss the history of Salesforce, from its founding in 1999, through today. Relentless innovation coupled with the tectonic shift to the cloud have placed you in the right place at the right time to learn the skills to succeed with Salesforce.

A Brief History of Salesforce and How It Can Supercharge Your Career

The three core tenants of Salesforce are:

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Functionality
  • Sales Process
  • Service Process

Students will come away from this lecture with an understanding of what types of processes are best suited for the Salesforce platform.

What is Salesforce?

The first logical Salesforce Certification to attain is the Salesforce Administrator Certification. Attaining this Certification opens up a myriad of career options for you. In this lecture we discuss not only the obvious career route of that of a Salesforce Administrator, but also opportunities for Business Analysts, Project Managers, Product Managers, Developers, Architects, and a whole lot more.

Career Paths and Options for Certified Salesforce Professionals

In this lecture, I take you through the process of signing up for a free Salesforce Developer Account. This is an account that you can keep for life. Salesforce gives them away as a way to help you learn, whether you are an aspiring Salesforce Developer, Administrator, or End User.

Signing Up for a Free Salesforce Account
Next Steps
4 Lectures 20:44

This lecture covers several creative ways to utilize Salesforce at your existing job. Through following these steps, you can gain verifiable and legitimate work history on the Salesforce Platform. These tips are key in building your resume to be cloud relevant and get well on your way to a new career.

Grow Where You Are Planted

There are many non-profit organizations that use Salesforce on a daily basis. They are often stretched for resources and lack the personnel to help them customize the platform to meet their needs. You may be able to volunteer time to these non-profits in order to assist them with their Salesforce implementation, as well as gain valuable experience that you can then add to your resume.

Volunteer for a Non-Profit that Needs Salesforce Help

Join me as I chat with Britt Yamamoto from iLEAP in Seattle, Washington. We discuss their Salesforce Implementation and how we connected through

Preview 06:02

I recorded this talk on location in Seaside, Oregon. At the foot of a statue devoted to Lewis & Clark, I speak about the fear of the unknown, and taking you from 'what if' to 'why not?' when it comes to venturing into the cloud for your career.

Motivation Moment - From What If to Why Not?
Helpful Salesforce Resources
7 Lectures 35:39

This lecture covers some of the helpful LinkedIn Groups that are related to Salesforce. You can follow the latest happenings on the platform, be alerted to job opportunities, and find out about local meetups in your area. LinkedIn Groups provide a great way to start networking and find Salesforce connections and jobs.

Salesforce LinkedIn Groups

This text lecture covers how to connect with other Salesforce Users, Developers, Administrators and more, either online, or locally.

Local Salesforce Meetups, User Groups and Community Groups

This lecture covers the Salesforce Success Community and also the Online Help system. The Salesforce community is a helpful online community of Salesforce professionals that answer each others questions. Both the Success Community and the Online Help System are indispensable resources that have gotten me past roadblocks many times in my Salesforce career.

Online Help and the Salesforce Success Community

You can check the status of your Salesforce instance by going to this helpful website. You can also monitor transaction counts, view maintenance and upgrade schedules, and more at - Maintenance Schedule and Performance Monitoring

In this lecture, I point to several recent developments and news items that show just how in-demand Salesforce skills are.

Salesforce Skills are In Demand

I run through the website and show you the different certifications that are currently available on the Salesforce Platform. 

Spring 2017 Update - New Certifications

This bonus lecture introduces you to my latest course, "The Complete Salesforce Administrator Certification Course" and shows you how to get coupon codes to my other upcoming Salesforce courses for users, consultants and developers.

Bonus Lecture: Promo Codes for My Salesforce Bootcamp Bundle and other Courses
About the Instructor
Mike Wheeler
4.6 Average rating
4,986 Reviews
18,523 Students
6 Courses
Salesforce Consultant & Developer with 6 certifications

I teach Salesforce because I am passionate about the platform, and the awesome things you can build quickly on it - including your career! There is an extreme shortage of Salesforce talent in the job market, and I am creating Salesforce Certification and User courses, so that you can get a good paying job in the cloud.

After Thousands of Udemy Survey ratings for my courses, the students have spoken:

"Are you learning valuable information?" 99.6% answered YES

"Are the explanations of the concepts clear?" 99.8% answered YES

"Is the instructor knowledgeable about the topic?" 99.9% answered YES

I have been building solutions on the Salesforce platform since 2008, and started my own certification journey in 2011. Before discovering Salesforce, I worked as a Technical Writer, Trainer, and built blogs using Wordpress. Once I found Salesforce, I saw it as the quickest path to building world-class web and mobile applications for businesses and consumers. I've attained 6 Salesforce Certifications along the way: Salesforce Developer, Salesforce Administrator, Salesforce Advanced Administrator, Salesforce Sales Cloud Consultant, Salesforce Service Cloud Consultant, and Salesforce Platform App Builder.

I am the founder of Mike Wheeler Media, LLC, where my mission is to Inspire, Equip and Train the masses on the Salesforce Platform. Feel free to connect with me through the various social profile links on my profile here. 

Aaron Wheeler
4.5 Average rating
4,881 Reviews
18,404 Students
5 Courses
Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) - Premiere Pro CC

Currently working as a full time video editor and producer, gaining a wealth of experience by having edited 100+ Hours of content. Became a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center intern at the age of 16 and worked on 3D graphical creations, as well as various video projects (including a commercial for NASA TV with Optimus Prime voice actor,  Peter Cullen) during a 6 week paid summer internship.

Diving deeper into video production allowed the ability to adopt 3D/2D graphics & computer animation into a production workflow.

My goal is to clearly convey all that I have learned in the video production realm, to help expand the knowledge of my students and get them to that information the quickest way possible.