Is 2022 the Year to Become a Salesforce CTA?

The Salesforce Certified Technical Architect (CTA) exam is the highest certification and ultimate test of all the Salesforce credentials. CTAs are regarded as the absolute elite amongst Salesforce professionals, who have not only mastered the knowledge but possess excellent consulting and communication skills.

Even though certification has been around since 2011 only a small percentage of Salesforce professionals have earned their Salesforce Certified Technical Architect Credential.

Check out these top tips below to help you prepare to take on the CTA exam in 2022!

Study Strategy

The very first step is to get your Application and System Architect credentials under your belt. Those will give you the necessary base for the rest of your studies. 

Keep in mind that this is going to be a marathon and practice and experience are highly valuable but both take time to build up. 

Now the real work starts…

1. Join the Architect Trailblazer Community

The Architect Trailblazer Community is where you will find plenty of helpful resources, including practice scenarios, recordings to solutions and links to Architect Study Groups.

2. Tell Your Company

Inform your company about your plans and ask them for support. Your company can give you the needed support by:

a) Assigning you to projects that help build relevant skills

b) Allocate training budgets to courses surrounding the CTA review board exam, and,

c) Granting you study time.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

3. Tell Salesforce

Open up a case with Salesforce to make them aware that you are planning to take the exam. Make sure you do this early so that the Trailhead Team can assist you on your Journey and help you plan for the right time to take your exam.

4. Join a Trailhead CTA-601 Architect Workshop

The Trailhead CTA-601 Architect Workshop is a great opportunity to get a real feeling for the battle you have picked. Led by a CTA, you will learn about the exam in detail, pick up best practices and will also have the opportunity to work through a scenario and hear some feedback from a CTA. For the latest schedule please refer to the certification page (see Resources section).

The Trailhead CTA-601 Architect Workshop is normally where reality kicks in, and we see many candidates realize the tremendous amount of work that lays ahead.

Trailhead CTA-601 Architect In-Person Workshop

Trailhead CTA-601 Architect Virtual Workshop

5. Assess your GAPs

Now it is important to put together your strategy.

Go through the outline in the Exam Guide and read every objective and identify areas which will require more attention than others. Be realistic and brutally honest to yourself. Come up with questions for each of those sections. And do not leave out presentation, communication and diagramming – after all, those skills are crucial for your success.

6. Find a Study Buddy

Having some to study together is priceless and is one of the cornerstones of our FlowRepublic CTA coaching program. With your buddy, you can balance the workload of researching a particular topic, do mock scenarios, quiz their knowledge and hold each other accountable for themselves.

7. Setup a Plan

Now that you know what you don’t know, it’s time to put together a plan on how you intend to bridge those gaps.

Treat your preparation like a project, and break it down in manageable chunks that you can chew while balancing family, work and studies. A lot of students struggle to finding the time, but I will be honest – it comes down to setting priorities and making the time.

8. Practice

Get your hands dirty by getting assigned to projects that help bridge your gaps whenever possible.

Talk to your manager and if project experience is not an option, go and build prototypes in your Developer org. Work through the mock scenarios that are out there (see the ‘Resources’ section), and present them to your study buddy/study group. Do not go easy when judging, make the other struggle, induce stress with penetrating questions – it’s for their own good. No point in a fluffy preparation when you crack during the exam.

Stay tuned for our next blog that will offer top tips for your exam strategy!


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