Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II

Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II (PDII) credential is designed for those who can demonstrate their skills and knowledge in advanced programmatic capabilities of the platform and data modeling to develop complex business logic and interfaces

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The candidate can design, develop, test, and deploy programmatic solutions that are maintainable and re-usable and follow design patterns and object-oriented programming best practices. The Salesforce Platform Developer I credential is a prerequisite for the program.

Effective June 28, 2017, the Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II (PDII) certification will consist of two parts: a proctored multiple-choice exam and four Trailhead Superbadges which replace the Programming Assignment. Similar to the Programming Assignment, superbadges show that you can apply what you've learned to advanced, real-world business requirements covering features, concepts, and scenarios that are essential for a Platform Developer II to know, including Apex programming, data integration and more.

Salesforce Platform developer 2 Syllabus:

Salesforce Fundamentals 5%

Describe the capabilities of base-system objects such as sharing objects, history objects, metadata objects, multi-currency, and Chatter objects.
Describe the different capabilities of and use cases for the various Salesforce development platforms (Heroku, Fuel,

Data Modeling and Management 7%

Describe how to design code that accommodates multi-language, multi-currency, multi-locale considerations.
Describe the implications of compound data types in Apex programming.
Describe the use cases for and benefits of external IDs.
Identify use cases for different types of custom settings, and describe how to implement solutions for those use cases.

Logic and Process Automation 33%

Given a scenario, describe the implications of the order of execution of a record save.
Describe the interactions between Visualforce/Apex with Flow/Lightning Process Builder.
Given a scenario, identify the optimal programmatic or declarative solution.
Given a scenario, debug unexpected behavior due to save execution order.
Describe the Apex features available for error handling and maintaining transactional integrity.
Identify potential issues with inefficient code and mitigation techniques to avoid exceeding governor limits.
Describe the data return types for SOQL and SOSL queries and their impact on variable assignment.
Describe the options, best practices, and use cases for asynchronous execution.
Given a scenario, identify the appropriate dynamic Apex feature.
Given a scenario, describe when and how to use Apex managed sharing.
Describe the use cases for the various authentication techniques.

User Interface 20%

Given a scenario, describe how to use a standard set controller.
Describe the considerations when creating custom controllers and controller extensions.
Describe the techniques for using Visualforce to perform actions and partial page refresh.
Describe the messaging techniques and best practices when displaying errors in user interfaces.
Describe techniques to maximize code re-use with Visualforce.
Describe use cases for JavaScript in a Visualforce page.
Given a set of requirements, describe the process for designing Lightning components.

Performance 7%

Describe the common performance issues for user interfaces and the techniques to mitigate them.
Describe the considerations for query performance.

Integration 11%

Describe how to expose Apex classes as SOAP and REST web services.
Describe how to use system classes to integrate with SOAP- or REST-based web services.
Describe when and how to use metadata, streaming, and Analytics API to enhance Apex and Visualforce solutions.

Testing 12%

Describe the best practices for unit testing in Apex.
Describe how to apply different techniques to create test data and responses.
Describe the implications of testing Visualforce controllers and controller extensions.
Describe various ways to execute tests and specify test execution options.

Debug and Deployment Tools 5%

Given a scenario, identify the appropriate tool to analyze application performance profiles and troubleshoot data and performance issues.
Given a scenario, identify the appropriate deployment tool.


The Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II Multiple Choice exam has the following characteristics:

 Content: 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions* (2-5 unscored questions may be added.)
 Time allotted to complete the exam: 120 minutes (time allows for unscored questions)
 Passing Score: 63%
 Delivery options: Proctored exam delivered onsite at a testing center or in an online proctored environment.
 References: No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam.
 Prerequisite: Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I credential

*Please note that on occasion, Salesforce Certification may place a small numberof unscored questions on an exam in order to gather data on question performance.These unscored exam questions are in addition to the 60 scored questions on your exam,and have no impact whatsoever on your final exam results. Exam time has been evaluated to accommodate the inclusion of unscored questions. Your exam results will be based on the
60 scored questions.