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I'm a little bit confused about the new Salesforce Platform Developer I certificate. Is it a replacement of the old developer certificate (DEV-401)? If so, does DEV-401 certified developers need to pass the new one to be recognized as Salesforce developers?

The same applies to the new Platform Developer II. Does it replace DEV-501?

Thanks!

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You may like to watch following video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3&v=wM5Th-ComR4

AppBuilder Transition Certification focus on declarative skills. It do not focus on Visualforce at all now. It do focus on Lightning Introduction, Salesforce1 understanding, Sandbox and Packages.

Platform Developer 1 focus on coding skills. It also focus on Introduction to Lightning.

There is no prerequisite for Platform Developer 1 certification now unlike DEV 501 for which we had to be certified developer was prerequisite.

Platform Developer 2 focus on advanced coding skills and also has assignment.It also focus on Integration skills(SOAP API, REST API, Analytics API) now which were not tested earlier in Advanced Developer certification.

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Developer 401 is succeeded by App Builder. Developer 501 is succeeded by two exams namely Platform Developer 1 and Platform Developer 2.

If you hold Developer 401, you can take a transition exam and get the App Builder certification.

If you hold Developer 501, you can take transition exams of Platform Developer 1 and 2.

Hope it clarifies your confusion.

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    Actually, there's MUCH more content in the latter 2 exams than there was in the DEV-501 exam alone, including Process Builder (& when to use it vs workflow or visual flow) along with Lightning in the Platform Developer 1 Exam. That's part of why there's now three exams instead of two. The platform has grown and expanded far too much to only have the two exams.
    – crmprogdev
    Sep 3, 2015 at 14:17
  • Don't forget you have to pay to take a transition exam. Salesforce might have handled this a bit nicer: not only do we have to invest time, we also must pay money. Sep 3, 2015 at 14:50
  • I am not sure whether we have to pay for transition of Dev 501 as i don't hold that certification but Dev 401 transition we need to pay. Sep 3, 2015 at 14:52
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    If you hold the DEV501 certification, you don't need to pay for the combined transition exam to Platform Dev 1 and Platform Dev 2.
    – Rob
    Sep 3, 2015 at 15:36
  • @Rob -You are correct, only the "New" App builder exam costs money as it is a "New Credential". Dev 401 (Salesforce Certified Developer) can take the transition Exam to "Platform I" for free. Only the new credential costs a fee
    – Eric
    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:23
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The Dev 401 certification doesn't test any of the Apex and Visualforce skills but the name says a Certified Force.com Developer. So now salesforce made the changes to this developer certification so that the Platform developer I certification test basic knowledge on Apex,Visualforce,Lightning. Where as the configuration skills is certified as Platform App Builder.

The topics for both the Platform Developer I and II certification is almost similar but the developer II is advanced and you need a good experience in coding and also has the programming assignment followed by essay exam.

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