It’s been a goal of mine ever since I started learning Salesforce to become an Salesforce Certified Application Architect.

Salesforce has an amazing community and the key to passing is getting involved and learning.

I believe anybody can become an architect on Salesforce with hard work and determination.

I’m going to share some tips and tricks that helped me become a Salesforce Certified Application Architect!

Study Guides

I can’t stress this enough! Study the exam guides cover to cover. Make sure you’ve practiced every concept in either in a real org, in a trailhead org, or a developer org.

The majority of content in these exams are things you should have real world experience with. Make sure you’re familiar with them all!


Trailhead is the best resource for learning the Salesforce platform.

Architect Journey: Prepare to Become a Certified Technical Architect – This is one of the best resources for aspiring architects!

Trailhead should be your best friend while studying. You can spin up a new trailhead org in a matter of minutes, so make sure you do this for every new concept in the study guide!


Using Salesforce daily can really make the difference between just memorizing concepts vs. understanding it.

Unfortunately, some things aren’t always possible. Even the most complex orgs probably won’t expose you to all of the concepts covered in the exams. This is where dev editions come in! Practice concepts in the exam you aren’t familiar with in a developer edition.


You have to have determination every step of the way to become a Salesforce Certified Application Architect.

Think about what motivates you. Is it the challenge, or is it career prospects? Consider these carefully, because Salesforce is an incredibly lucrative career path.

The demand for certified professionals is growing, and as David Liu put it, Salesforce professionals can make incredible money – check out David’s post on Salesforce Salaries.

Recruiters will be pestering you every day with roles once you have a Architect certification!


One thing I can’t stress enough is make sure you study for understanding, not memorization. You need intricate knowledge of the concepts in the exam.

Remember, a certification is great, but it means nothing if you can’t put it into practice in the real world!

Click here if you’re interested in reading more about my journey.

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