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I've just checked WebAssessor and seen that I can register for the Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer - Winter '16 Release Exam. The description says that it's:

Successful completion of the Salesforce Certified Developer Winter '16 Release Exam is required for all Salesforce Certified Force.com Developers, Advanced Developers, and Technical Architects.

With a price tag of $100.

Is this a maintenance exam? I haven't had to pay before to maintain my credential (Dev-401). I'm confused here as to whether or not this is a maintence exam or something new for Salesforce? Do they charge $100 a year for being certified?

If it is a maintenence exam charging $100 for it is incredibly cheeky!

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    you have to pay $100 yearly for each credential exam. And yes this is a maintenance exam – Eric Jan 7 '16 at 15:23
  • The first year (after completing a cert) is free of charge for the maintenance. After that you have to pay $100 per year (for each credential). – Sergej Utko Jan 7 '16 at 16:07
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There is an annual USD 100 maintenance fee for all Salesforce Certified individuals who hold the following credentials:

Salesforce Certified Administrator

Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer

If you hold both credentials, the annual cost to maintain them is USD 200. The annual maintenance fee also includes the cost to maintain any higher-level credentials.

I wonder how you haven't paid the maintenance fee and maintained the credentials.

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    I've just seen this. I passed on the 31st January last year so haven't had to do this outside of the free maintenance ones until now. – Dan Jones Jan 7 '16 at 15:25
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    @poet That explains :), I was looking at your reputation so assumed you are a veteran certified pro – Jarvis Jan 7 '16 at 15:30
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    Far from it! Still consider myself an amateur on SFSE. Try to help where I can though. :) – Dan Jones Jan 7 '16 at 15:34

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