Undoubtedly salesforce is a very intelligent and powerful application with in finite great features. As salesforce releases an update every four month adding lots of new features every time, it becomes a daunting task for anyone to stay abreast of the recent developments.
No matter how good an application is, unless and until you do not know how to use it perfectly it will not bring in the desired results. Salesforce has been one of the most rapidly growing companies in the last couple of years and hence boast off a huge training community and useful resources. Availability of so many resources have proved beneficial for some but have left most in the confusion to decide that what should be the correct path of learning salesforce.
They are lot of training video’s on YouTube and other online learning websites but no one is comprehensive enough to teach you everything or make you a genuine salesforce expert.
Me and a lot of fellow salesforce consultants which I have met have gone through this painful journey once. Hence to save you time and frustration, we have researched and outlined the best salesforce learning resources available online and of also organize them in appropriate categories. This article is an outcome of feedback of various senior salesforce professionals who have demonstrated and proved their expertise in the field time and again.
They are various ways available to learn salesforce, like classroom trainings, instructor led online training, self paced online courses, books, blogs and various other additional resources. All these types of training have their own pros and cons with respect to time and cost incurred.
Also note to individuals are same and everyone’s preferred way of learning is different. Some find it comfortable watching video’s, while some prefer audio podcasts and some like to read through the books.
This falls under the category of classroom training and requires the most financial commitment. This is not suited for individuals who are paying for their own training instead it is preferred by organizations who arrange and pay for the training of their employees. This type of training is also not available in each and every location. This can cost more than dollar 5000 sometimes with time ranging from couple of hours to five days maximum. This is offered by the parent company salesforce itself.
On-site training by a consultant
This is also one more option of classroom training, where an organization can hire a certified salesforce senior professional to visit their premises and conduct a workshop at your place. They are lot of individual consultants and small and big organization into this business now and prices vary depending on various factors.
Online Instructor led classes
Salesforce University also offers this type of training and you can find a course for every role and salesforce various clouds. This is also not suited for individuals paying for their own training due to the cost.
Various salesforce consulting partners like stony point also offer this kind of training which are up to the mark as compared to the standard training by salesforce University but again very costly for self financing individuals.
Online self-paced classes
This is the most recommended type of training and it has got many benefits like learning at your own time at any place and on any device coming at the most cheapest cost.
Various organizations like Intellipaat, CompleteSalesforceTraining , Udemy etc offer these type of courses. You can choose from variety of highly rated salesforce courses at huge discount. These companies offer huge flash sale at regular intervals as well.
If you would like to learn salesforce for free then this is the best resource available today. This is also a self paced resource containing different modules based on topics and level of expertise. This is being liked by lot of people due to its free cost but might not be as effective as classroom or online training. Trailhead is a good resource because you are given challenges after completing module and you also get to earn points by completing various tasks. This type of training is good for people who like reading rather than watching.
you can wash various webinars on salesforce official YouTube channel and also lot of salesforce professionals have recorded their own training video and have uploaded to YouTube as well. But the problem is the video was from salesforce are very broad and on higher end while the videos recorded by individuals are not in sequence and most of them lack in audio video quality.
you can find lot of PDF documents on developer.force.com like force.com workbook, developer workbooks like visual force development guide and apex developer guide etc. you can download them and go through them even on your mobile device. But it is too confusing and very boring for lot of people.
Following twitter account of seasoned salesforce professionals is also very fruitful as you can find tons of online articles and blogs shared by them. But this is only useful after you have gone through some initial training and have basic understanding of the platform.
Meet ups and local study group
check to see if there is a salesforce meet up coming up nearby or are there individuals who have formed local salesforce study group which you can attend to clear your doubts and discuss with fellow learners as well. You can find these study groups online easily on websites like meetup.com
This is also a great forum to complement with your training. Here you can find answers to various problems asked by fellow salesforce learners. In the past couple of years salesforce developers have grown in numbers by a huge count and hence salesforce community has become one of the biggest committee today. They are lot of active members on this community who proactively share their knowledge and help other fellow learners.
But if you are beginning to learn salesforce or are in your initial stages of the salesforce carrier then I will recommend to go for online self-paced training as it is organized in sequence and comes at the lowest price. The platforms offering such kind of courses also provide you options to ask questions from your instructor through email or messages and you can also discuss various topics with your fellow learners through the inbuilt dashboard provided by the platform.
Udemy was once a very good platform but we have received reports that due to flooding of courses, the quality has degraded a lot. Hundreds of courses on various topics are submitted for review at Udemy on daily basis and the problem is that Udemy only checks for audio and video quality and not the content. Most of the courses there are very old and are not comprehensive enough to make you an expert in salesforce. As salesforce releases an update every four months so lot might have changed which these courses lack.
We received a lot of emails from people worldwide seeking recommendation for a good training course because they cannot afford $4000 for the five day officials salesforce course and I can truly understand their situation. Although the official salesforce class is a very good but not everyone can afford it. However if you are employed then you can check with your organization if they have purchased the premier support of salesforce. The premier support also comes with access to comprehensive online library of courses.
No matter which mode of learning you opt for ensure that you have signed up for lifetime free developer account and practice as much as you can. Nothing can beat hands-on experience so if you want to learn validation rules create dozens of them. You are free to play with your free developer account in whatever way you want. Also if you are planning to sit for the certification than do not forget to review the study guide because this is the only book which will tell you that on which topics you should emphasize more. Also follow some online blogs of other successful salesforce professionals.
There are many such blogs which go into great detail on how to do various tasks on salesforce.com. I hope you will find this article fruitful and if you have any questions or feedback please do use the comment box below.
Have a successful career, best of luck.