Sometimes the stars align in Salesforce certification land. That perfect moment when you’re studying for an exam and prepping for a project related to that exam all at the same time. It happened to me during my first certification of 2019.
If you’ve been following along on my #JourneyToCTA, you know that I spent the majority of 2018 earning both my Application Architect and System Architect certifications. You can read about how I became a Certified System Architect here.
As you’d expect, I was a bit burnt out going into 2019. After such a rigorous study schedule with specific deadlines, I was having a really hard time wrapping my head around how to get started studying for the CTA board. I knew it would be a long ramp up (6 months plus) and the long time frame and enormous amount of content was completely overwhelming me.
Luckily, I realized that I could leverage the Mobile Architecture Designer exam as a nice bridge between the domain certs and my CTA prep. Plus, I would be able to apply my study to my upcoming project in the real world. Win, win.
Now on to the real reason you’re here. How I studied for the exam and my take aways after passing on my first attempt!
About The Exam
As most people would recommend, the first stop for studying should be the exam guide. According to the guide, here is how the exam is weighted.
Mobile Strategy and Design: 83%
Mobile Security: 17%
Unlike most Salesforce certification exams, the scope of the content on this one is rather narrow. You might think that makes this exam an easy one to pass. However, there are a lot of non-Salesforce specific concepts, so if you’re like me and don’t come from a computer science or technical background, it might take some time to get all the new jargon in order. But if you’re also like me (a nerd at heart) you’ll find the new technical terms fun to learn!
Resources I Used To Study
* Remember to always use quizlet at your own peril. It is community driven content so not all the answers may be correct. However, I found this particular set to be pretty good.
What you Need To Know to Pass
Coming off the Identity & Access Designer Exam I grasped the concepts of authentication and authorization and using IdP vs SP initiated SAML flows, but studying for the Mobile Architecture Designer exam while working on a custom mobile app project is how I finally understood the application of these concepts.
I heard through the grapevine this Spring that Salesforce is thinking about retiring the Mobile Solutions Architecture Designer exam. I think that would be a huge mistake. Coming off the Identity & Access Designer Exam I grasped the theoretical aspect of authentication and authorization and using IdP vs SP initiated SAML flows, but studying for the Mobile Architecture Designer exam while working on a custom mobile app project is how I finally understood the application of these concepts.
In general, I thought it was a really great exam to study for. I learned a TON. That said said, many of the study materials are quite out of date. I truly hope that Salesforce invests in refreshing the content instead of completely scrapping this cert. If you come from a developer background, you’ll likely find this an easier exam to pass, but you do not need to be a developer to be successful on this one.
Susannah Kate St-Germain is a 17x certified Colombian-American Salesforce nerd, travel fanatic, and aspiring Certified Technical Architect.