Building Application with (DEV401) Course Archiving

Feb 16, 2017

by Phyllis Anderson

On February 6, 2017, we began to remove the Building Application with (DEV401) course from our training schedules. This course will be completely archived by May 31, 2017.

Building Application with (DEV401) is being replaced by Declarative Development for Platform App Builders (DEV402) course. This new course is invaluable for any Salesforce admin looking to reinforce their knowledge of app development, deployment, administrative skills, and the declarative solutions available to create useful apps. In addition, the Declarative Development for Platform App Builders (DEV402) course aligns with the Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder certification and with the retirement of certification, (if you want to migrate), Declarative Development for Platform App Builders provides a great way to do so.

To learn more about the Declarative Development for Platform App Builders (DEV402) course, please review this document (Partner Community login required). 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Are there plans to localize the Declarative Development for Platform App Builders (DEV402) course​?
We plan to localize DEV402 into Japanese, but no ETA yet. Stay tuned.

Q: The Certification is retiring? Where can I learn more about this?
Learn more at

Q: Has the target audience changed?
 Yes, the course is designed for experienced administrators who are new to development and interested in using Salesforce as a custom application development platform; those who need to move beyond administration into building new tools and apps and are interested in becoming a Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder.

Q: Is there a comparison chart between DEV401 and DEV402?
Yes, see this doc.

Q: How many completely new modules are there?
: All 9 modules in DEV402 are a rewriting of the concepts from DEV401 with a focus on the new audience. All topics within each module were expanded or contracted to serve the new audience. There are no completely new modules.

Q: How many modules have been removed?
 There were 18 modules in DEV401 and 9 modules in DEV402. Two 401 modules discussing Visualforce were not brought in as Visualforce is not covered in the Platform App Builder certification.

Q: Are there any new or no longer required prerequisites?
We have added ADM201/Administration Certification as a pre-requisite.

Q: Are there any other technologies covered in the course that weren’t before?
Lightning App Builder and Custom Lightning Components are now covered in the course.

Q: Does this course replace an existing course?
 Yes, this course replaces DEV401.

Q: Where can I register for this course?
Register here.

Q: Where can I learn more about Certifications?
Learn more at

Q: What should I do if I have additional questions?
Engage with us in the Salesforce Certifications for Partners Group.