Jet Kasinger
Jul 3 · 4 min read

Reports. Dashboards. Formula fields. User permissions. Security. If these words have recently become part of your vernacular, chances are you’ve set your sights on a new career, or you’re looking for a new opportunity or promotion with your current employer.

You’re on your way to becoming a Salesforce Administrator.

And what a great path to be on! After all, Salesforce Administrators are some of the most sought-after people in tech, commanding an average salary of $95,000 (US data) with an annual growth rate of 37.4 percent.

Career stats for a Salesforce Administrator

Get #AwesomeAdmin ready

From adding new users to an org, to creating reports the sales team will live by, to locking down permissions to keep the integrity of data secure, most employers will want you to prove you’re capable of doing it all.

You may be thinking, “Hey, I’ve already completed some admin modules on Trailhead… Doesn’t that prove my expertise and show I’m an #AwesomeAdmin?”

Well, here’s the scoop. Trailhead modules give you step-by-step instruction in bite-sized learning chunks as well as interactive challenges through which you test your knowledge.

But a superbadge gives you a business case scenario with different pieces of information woven into a story. It’s then up to you to identify the business need and create the solution through a series of hands-on challenges in a Trailhead Playground, which are instantly validated once you complete them.

Complete the superbadge and you’ll earn a resume-worthy credential proving your competency in the specific skill. Share on your resume, profile, and throughout your social channels to show the world just how much of an #AwesomeAdmin you are!

Ready. Set. Superbadge!

Each superbadge can take from 4 to 12 hours to complete, assuming you’ve already built up an understanding of the specific domain. Before you start, you’ll need to earn some prerequisite badges to confirm you’ve grasped the core concepts. Then, you’ll be ready to put what you’ve learned into practice.

Let’s take a look at the three superbadges you’ll need to prove you’re an #AwesomeAdmin.

1. Business Administration Specialist

Simulating real-world scenarios a Salesforce Administrator might face when providing multi-faceted support for an evolving business, the Business Administration Specialist superbadge will help you equip your team with the Salesforce tools they need to succeed.

Concepts tested in this superbadge include:

  • Chatter features
  • Data import
  • Email templates
  • Reports and dashboards in Lightning Experience
  • UI configuration
  • User permissions and management

Prerequisite badges needed:

BONUS: This superbadge helps you prepare for the Salesforce Administrator certification exam. The business administration skills covered in this superbadge represent almost 50 percent of the knowledge needed to pass the exam.

2. Lightning Experience Reports & Dashboards Specialist

Got data? Keep it organized in a consumable, visually engaging way that your organization can find useful. Completing the Lightning Experience Reports & Dashboards Specialist superbadge will prove you have the analytical prowess to serve up data in an impactful way — even the hardcore number cruncher in your organization will be impressed!

Concepts tested in this superbadge include:

  • Custom summary formula fields
  • Folder sharing
  • Lightning Dashboard Builder
  • Lightning Report Builder
  • Report buckets and groups
  • Report charts
  • Report filters, cross filters, and logic
  • Report types

Prerequisite badges needed:

BONUS: This superbadge helps you prepare for the Salesforce Administrator certification exam. The analytics and reporting knowledge tested in this superbadge represents 10 percent of the knowledge needed to pass the exam.

3. Security Specialist

Get ready to flex your muscles as you prove your expertise in locking down security permissions and tracking changes with the Security Specialist superbadge.

Concepts tested in this superbadge include:

  • Data security
  • User authentication
  • User permissions

Prerequisite badges needed:

BONUS: This superbadge helps you prepare for the Salesforce Administrator certification exam. The security and access knowledge tested in this superbadge represents 13 percent of the knowledge needed to pass the exam.

Commit to being the best

Ready to prove your SUPER skills? Great! Sign up for a Trailhead account if you haven’t already, and start your path to becoming an #AwesomeAdmin by completing the prerequisites first, then moving on to the superbadge.

Superbadges aren’t for the faint of heart. They take time and hard work to complete. Which is great news for you!

Once you’ve got these credentials locked in and shared them, people (like your boss and future employers) will see that you not only have the essential skills to be a Salesforce Administrator but also are committed to being the best. And who doesn’t want to be the best?

Who’s with me? Let’s become #AwesomeAdmins together! And be sure to shout out your progress on social so we can celebrate with you.

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Jet Kasinger

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#Trailhead #Admin #Credentials @Salesforce with a penchant for all things numbers, data, and analytics. Huge music and sports enthusiast. Go #Blazers #Raiders

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Blaze your trail to a top job by skilling up with Trailhead. Discover how Trailhead brings the Trailblazer spirit to everything we do by putting YOU at the center of learning.

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