Later this year, the Platform Developer II certification will no longer have a programming assignment!
Now, the details about this change haven’t been fully announced yet. But, it’s fun to speculate what this could mean for those of us working towards the certification and those of us who already have it. What changes could this mean in the job market?
If you DO NOT currently have the PDII certification, this might mean…
If you DO currently have the PDII certification, this could mean…
What might this mean for the industry at large?
My thoughts on this change? Well, I’m keeping an open mind about things to see how it turns out. I need to earn those superbadges myself before forming too strong an opinion on this. I understand why Salesforce did this – it’s impossible to scale the cert if you need a team of human graders analyzing tons of lines of code.
But as someone who currently has the PDII certification, I’d be bummed if the cert suddenly became too easy to get. I’m hoping Salesforce has something cool up their sleeves, like Einstein, grading the challenges and preventing cheating.
But if the challenges are public, there’s no time limit, and there are unlimited free attempts to pass, I’m having a hard time seeing how they can keep the cert from getting devalued!
What if they changed the Technical Architect certification to be the accumulation of Trailhead badges, instead of a review board? Well, even though I haven’t earned that certification yet, I’m up for the challenge and I wouldn’t want them to make the exam any easier! I want to earn it!
Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!