Saturday, August 12, 2017

Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer

Source: Salesforce Architect Journey

In th month of May 2017, I got a chance to appear in the Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer exam. I am very pleased to say that I passed this exam!

About the exam

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Multiple-choice/multiple-select questions = 60
  • Passing Score = 68%
  • Time allotted to complete the exam = 120 minutes
  • Minimum correct answers = 60 * 68 / 100 = 40.8 (at least 41)
Note: Please note that there might be 2 to 5 unscored questions in addition to the 60 scored questions. The additional 2 to 5 unscored questions are for the Salesforce university in order to gather data on questions performance (fail/pass rate).


  • Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer (Study Guide)
    • Read all the questions in the study guide. Few questions might come in your exam!
  • Sharing and Visibility Resource Guide
    • Read all the topics in the architect resource guide because this is the master guide to Pass the exam. Please do read every topic from this guide.
    • Make sure you do practice in Salesforce Developer edition.
  • Salesforce Trailhead Modules
  • A Guide to Sharing Architecture
  • Communities User Licenses
  • OWD, Profiles, Permission Sets, Object Level Security, Field Level Security, Sharing Rules, Manual Sharing, Public Groups, Role Hierarchy
  • Enterprise Territory Management
  • What is the meaning of following in OWD?
    • Public Read/Write/Transfer
    • Public Read Only
    • Private
    • Controlled by Parent 
  • Grant Access Using Hierarchies in OWD
  • Internal Sharing and External Sharing Models in OWD
  • Data Skew
  • Ownership Skew
  • Implicit and Explicit Sharing
  • Sharing Recalculation
  • Deferred Sharing Recalculation
  • Granular Locking
  • Group Membership object
  • Account, Opportunity and Case Teams
  • List Views, Reports and Dashboards
  • Apex Sharing Reason
  • XSS (Cross Site Scripting)
  • SOQL injection
  • Difference b/w “with sharing” and “without sharing” keywords
  • “runAs()” meaning in Test classes
  • Standard Controller and in Customer Controller in Visualforce pages
  • Difference b/w Master-Detail and Lookup relationships
  • Platform Encryption vs Classic Encryption

Suggestions & Tips

  • Take any of the new Architect Journey exam as more to get the knowledge than the certification credentials!
  • In order to pass this exam or any of the new Architect Journey exam, you must have read the Architect resource guide thoroughly and as well as hands on experience.
  • If you don't have any practical experience, a Salesforce Developer edition will be the best option where you will have pretty much everything you need to have for this exam.
  • Salesforce Trailhead is a great source, containing full of information for each area of the Salesforce platform.
  • I learnt one thing in the new Architect Journey exams Don’t judge exam questions by its length! In any of the new Architect Journey exam you will find few questions very easy straightforward but those questions are very less in numbers. You will find majority of questions complex but interesting and every question will have a clue or point to select the correct answer(s).

I hope the content here helps you to get this Certification. Best of luck!