Salesforce Advanced Admin Resource Guide

The Salesforce Architect exams each come with a resource guide, which includes helpful links for each section of the exam. I have found those incredibly useful in my study. Resource guides don’t currently exist for the standard exams, so I have compiled content into a series of resource guides. This is the Salesforce Advanced Admin resource guide.

The Salesforce Advanced Admin certification extends past the admin exam to dive deeper into the platform features and functions. It moves into more security and the advanced configuration, automation and customization options of the platform. There are some specific areas that may be foreign to some admins, so some study and Trailhead time will be necessary.

Understanding the Tests

As I mentioned in a previous post, understanding the intention and structure of the exams is key to passing. Salesforce provides a study guide for every certification test. In those guides, they provide a breakdown of the different sections and their relative weight. Take note of those while studying.


Topic Weighting # of Questions
Security and Access 20% 12
Process Automation 13% 8
Sales Cloud Applications 10% 6
Service Cloud Applications 10% 6
Change Management 10% 6
Data Management 10% 6
Analytics, Reports & Dashboards 10% 6
Extending Custom Objects and Applications 8% 5
Auditing and Monitoring 6% 4
Content Management 3% 2

Under each topic in the study guide, there are bullet points that describe the information you need to know. For example, the ‘Security and Access’ section, the bullet points are:

  • Given a scenario, determine the implications to record and field data access (Sharing model, controlled by parent, grant access by hierarchies, profile vs. sharing rules, portal/communities’ security settings, field and record level access, sharing rules, field level security, record types).
  • Describe the capabilities of territory management and the implications to the sharing model.
  • Compare and contrast the capabilities of custom profiles, permission sets, and delegated administration.

These commonly break out into general understanding and best practice recommendations. Make sure you understand the intention behind each bullet point. For example, in the above point #2, you will need to understand territory management. If you’re unfamiliar with territory management (you haven’t implemented or used it), you will want to spend time on that category.








  • Explain the tools and best practices for improving and enriching data quality (validation, managing duplicates, enriching, archiving).


  • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate analytic tools to meet complex reporting requirements (custom report types, reporting snapshots, complex charting, custom summary formulas, bucketing, joined reports, cross filters, dynamic dashboards, dashboard filters).


  • Describe the appropriate use of relationship types when building custom objects (master detail, lookup).



Ready for the Exam?

Book your exam now, even before you start studying. There’s no better way to drive you to study than booking your exam. Pay special attention to understanding territory management, delegated administration scenarios, and the automation tools. You will be presented several scenarios for each of those, and asked to recommend a solution or diagnose an issue. So you really need to understand the intention and capabilities of each.

If you have questions during your exam, please feel free to reach out. I’ll do my best to respond with some help and guidance.

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4 thoughts on “Salesforce Advanced Admin Resource Guide

  1. This is great information, thank you for sharing. Our org. is not on Lightning yet – so my knowledge on Lightning is not as advanced as Classic. I was wondering how advanced my knowledge on Lightning should be for the Admin Advanced exam?

    1. This exam will cover lots of administrative level functions, which are not Lightning specific. So a large portion of the exam will be familiar to you.

      But more and more questions are being added with every exam iteration. This will require a familiarity with things like Lightning app builder, as well as some of the Lightning only features that have been released. So I would spend a little time familiarizing yourself with Lightning capabilities in order to pass the exam.

      Best of luck!

  2. Hi Chris,
    Not sure if you still remember but which one do you think is harder of the 2:
    Platform App Builder or Advanced Admin.

    I want to figure out which one to tackle first. Thanks!

    1. I don’t remember for sure. I feel like Advanced Admin was harder, but not totally sure. I took Admin, Advanced Admin, App Builder and Sales Cloud Consultant all around the same time. Since those tests all share a little overlap, I found it easiest to study and take all of them.

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