9 Free Salesforce Training Resources and why they're what you need
We get it. It’s not always easy to juggle professional projects with continuous training and updating, so knowing exactly where to turn to as doubts arise is vital. Here are the top 10 free training resources you’ll probably want to add to your bookmarks.
1. Trailhead Academy-the fun way to learn
Salesforce offers its own digital platform called Trailhead, where users can access high-quality training for each Salesforce module. This platform is free to use anytime and anywhere, by simply creating an account and learning on the go.
Along with this, the platform provides the knowledge in bit-size modules with hands-on practice with the Trailhead playgrounds, where you can complete challenges and get hands-on experience.
Trailhead keeps track of your progress and displays it along with your technical skills on your public profile. You’ll get a badge for each module you complete on the platform.
2. Trailblazer Community Groups
Join Trailblazer Community Groups and learn Salesforce with peers, build your network and find mentors. Connect with Salesforce community group leaders and speakers, and explore the Salesforce knowledge by attending different meetings, workshops or conferences.
There you get a chance to connect with like-minded people in the Salesforce ecosystem, and you can learn configuration, Salesforce customization, best practices and about the different Salesforce products like Sales cloud, Service cloud, Community cloud, Commerce cloud Education cloud, Analytics, Einstein and integration with the MuleSoft, Marketing cloud and the different development tools & many more.
It’s simple, free, and easy to join the trailblazer community group, go to trailblazercommunitygroups.com and signup using any of the social channels.
3. And don’t miss out on Journey2Salesforce
The J2S is a study trail-mix program available on the trailhead platform by the Salesforce developer’s community which covers all the aspects of knowledge from Salesforce basics to the Advanced Level.
Along with this, the platform and trail mix provides you with step-by-step guidance on completing each trail mix, providing training and mentorship, and helping you connect with Employers. Also, the platform provides Swags on completing the trail mixes to boost your confidence and cheer you up on Salesforce's most important and interesting journey.
4. Radical Apex Developers (RAD) Women
Rad Women is a nonprofit organization that provides a free platform exclusively for women to learn Salesforce. You can visit this website if you are working as a Salesforce admin and want to become a Salesforce developer. It offers 150 women to attend this 10-week admin to Apex course classes to learn Salesforce development for free.
It will help you get familiar with Force.com and start writing code yourself.
Udemy provides multiple Salesforce courses for free where you can learn from different Salesforce experts who have provided full courses such as ‘Become a Salesforce Admin’ or ‘Be the developer’. You can join these courses and learn one topic t a time. At end of each topic you will find a 65-question quiz you can take to complete the course and earn the Udemy certification.
6. Gemma Blezard- Ladies be Architects
Gemma Blezard is a Salesforce MVP and Solution Architect, and founder of Ladies Be Architects. She has been in the Salesforce ecosystem since 2008 and on her YouTube channel Learn Salesforce with Gemma you can always find videos on the latest skill-set of Salesforce. Cool thing: she proposes weekly homework so you can practice on your own.
7. Salesforce Pathfinder
Salesforce Pathfinder is a 16-week development program. It is designed to train people who want to start and grow their careers in Salesforce. In collaboration with Deloitte, Salesforce offers this free program that provides in-demand skills to earn Salesforce certifications. Salesforce Pathfinder is also a great place to build community connections.
Wizardcast is a Salesforce podcast hosted by Brian Kwong (Salesforce Wizard) and Mark Ross (Salesforce Yoda) to learn about Salesforce. The main aim of this podcast is to make learning a little entertaining so that people find it interesting and easier to understand. It shares knowledge in the form of episodes, and you can learn from it whenever you have free time.
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There are many other free resources available in the market like Certification Days or Edureka to prepare for Salesforce certifications and people like Salesforce Ben and Mike Wheeler are training people for free on how to use and work on the Salesforce platform. Also, there are many forums where you can share your doubts if you find something difficult to understand. Also, there are communities where multiple group discussions are going on. You can join them, ask questions to learn, and share your Salesforce knowledge.