While setting up a test fixture, my code fails when a FIELD_CUSTOM_VALIDATION_EXCEPTION is thrown during an Account record update. Here is the relevant part:

theAccount = [select Id, Status__c, Attitude__c, Phone_Number_Confirmed__c from Account where Id = :theAccount.Id limit 1];
system.debug('#### Status: ' + theAccount.Status__c);  // Visitor
system.debug('#### Attitude: ' + theAccount.Attitude__c); // Positive
system.debug('#### Confirmed: ' + theAccount.Phone_Number_Confirmed__c); // true

theAccount.Status__c = 'Local Contact Requested';

The exception error message refers to an Account validation rule that has this Error Condition Formula:

ISPICKVAL(Status__c ,"Local Contact Requested" )  && 
( NOT(Phone_Number_Confirmed__pc) || 
ISPICKVAL(Attitude__c,"Unknown") || 
ISPICKVAL(Attitude__c,"Hostile") || 
ISPICKVAL(Attitude__c,"Unclear") )

It looks like my account record satisfies all the validation criteria, so I am not sure why it is tripping over this validation rule. Can something else (like user role / permissions, field access, other validation rules etc) cause this exception?


Your validation rule is using the Person Account field Phone_Number_Confirmed__pc and your Apex code is using the custom field on Account Phone_Number_Confirmed__c. The __pc indicates that its a Person Account field.

Try updating the debugging in your code to print out Phone_Number_Confirmed__pc and you may find that it is actually false.

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    That's it! Brilliant. Man I love this community. – JannieT Jun 19 '15 at 10:21

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