Can Your Employer Pay For Your Certification?

Certifications are a great way to showcase your knowledge and expertise on the Salesforce platform.

Alongside the time and energy needed to study and learn, there is also a monetary cost to Salesforce certifications. Ranging from $200 to $400 each, taking your certifications can be a costly task.

We’ve listed our top tips below to help you ask your employer about covering this cost. If we’ve missed anything, let us know in the comments!

Choose Your Timing Wisely

Our first tip is to consider when to approach your employer. In most cases businesses will have a set budget across the company for learning and development purposes.

Asking your employer at the beginning of the year/ financial year, may increase your chances of getting the certification covered as they still have budget available to do so. You also want to leave plenty of time for your manager or person who controls the budget to make the decision.

Highlight Added Value

One of the main reasons to mention when presenting your case for why your employer should cover the cost of your certification is the added value it will bring to the business.

A study by IDC InfoBrief has found that companies are more agile and efficient with Salesforce skilled and certified employees. Don’t forget to highlight how this certification will help you in your role!

Other potential benefits include adding specialised skills to the team, increased innovation and productivity, reducing costs of outsourcing skills and staying ahead of competitors.

If you know the company is planning to expand its Salesforce implementation into an area that aligns with your career goals, why not focus on the relevant certification?

Prepare To Hear ‘No’

Even with a strong business case for why your employer should cover the cost of your certification, there may be a chance that they say no.

Preparing ahead of time for this response will enable you to think of potential reasons for this outcome and counteract them beforehand. Presenting solutions rather than problems is definitely the way to go. For example, your manager might think that you can’t handle studying on top of your workload; presenting a ‘study schedule’ will disprove this idea.

Once you have done all your research on the points above it’s time to initiate the conversation and ask the question!

If you are a Salesforce professional looking for your next challenge speak to our specialist consultants today!

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