Salesforce Developer

Prepare to certify as a Salesforce Platform Developer and bring custom cloud-based solutions to the world.

DiplomaBachelor's-level diplomaDuration~ 12 monthsJob guarantee
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A flexible online program

Imagine starting a brand-new career at any time! Can’t commit to full-time? No problem, study at your own pace.

Real-world projects

Acquire the most relevant skills by completing 12 projects based on those required in your future career.

Individual learning support

Benefit from weekly mentoring sessions with an expert in the field.

Bachelor's-level diploma

Leave with a professional qualification and the guarantee of a job within 6 months.

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Salesforce Developer

DiplomaBachelor's-level diplomaIndividual learning supportJob guarantee

OpenClassrooms and Salesforce have partnered to offer training for a career in Salesforce development.

OpenClassrooms is a global online education-to-employment platform, designed to teach the skills needed for the most in-demand jobs. Our Salesforce developer training is a one-year bachelor-level diploma in web development, which you can complete entirely online with the support of a dedicated mentor. 

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Our partner, Salesforce

What is Salesforce?

Salesforce is a cloud-based software company whose main product is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. You can become a Salesforce Developer and work as a freelancer or employee with one of the more than 150,000 companies around the world that use Salesforce software, or you could become employed directly by Salesforce, named by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 10 companies to work for in the world. 

In fact, there is a vast and growing need for developers who work on the Salesforce platform. Becoming a Salesforce-certified developer puts you high in-demand.

Salesforce certification

At OpenClassrooms, all of our training courses are designed to get you into the job market. But our Salesforce Developer training is unique because we've designed it in partnership with Salesforce to prepare you to pass the official Salesforce examination required of developers who want to work on Salesforce software: The Salesforce Platform Developer I Certification.

What if I decide later that I want to be a different type of developer? 

That's a big advantage of training to become a Salesforce Developer with OpenClassrooms: you'll gain the skills and build a professional portfolio required of all entry-level web developers, in addition to the skills specific to a career as a Salesforce Developer. You'll get experience with front-end projects using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Lightning, as well as back-end projects using Java and Apex. And at every step of the way, you'll learn to apply your new skills to Salesforce.

What will I do as a Salesforce Developer?

A Salesforce Developer specializes in using the Lightning and Apex programming languages to design and implement solutions within the context of the Salesforce platform. A Salesforce Developer may be in charge of:

  • creating customized applications and improving existing ones
  • designing technical architecture and building or optimizing a database
  • analyzing customer needs and advocating for suitable technical solutions
  • writing technical and functional documentation 
  • automating business tasks
  • keeping up with changes in Salesforce tools and software products

How much will I earn?

Working as a Salesforce Developer can be a lucrative career with many prospects opening up as you continue to rack up valuable experience. Here is what you can expect to earn:

  • Average in the US: $125,000
  • Average in the UK: £60,000

What are my job prospects?

This path can prepare you for the following jobs:

  • Salesforce Developer
  • Salesforce CRM Developer
  • Salesforce Administrator
  • Java Developer
  • Back-end Developer

After a few years of experience, you can advance from a regular developer position to that of lead developer, architect, chief technical officer, or consultant - increasing your earning power along the way.

Who is eligible to enroll?

To be eligible to earn this path's diploma, candidates must demonstrate proof of one of the following prerequisites:

  • An associate's degree, or equivalent, in computer science, web development, or software development.
  • Or a high school/secondary school degree, vocational certificate, or equivalent, and at least 2 years of professional experience in IT, web development, or software development.
  • Or at least 3 years of any professional experience and a completed placement test consisting of:

Candidates whose native language is not English will need to submit proof of a B2 English level on the CEFR scale, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80.

Candidates must also have access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a microphone, a webcam, and a good internet connection for mentoring sessions (3.2 Mbps upload and 1.8 Mbps for download). You can use an internet speed test to find out like High Speed Internet. In addition, to master the skills on this path, you will need to:

  • Have at least 16 GB of RAM and 100 GB of storage space available on your computer.
  • Have administrator rights to your computer in order to install required programs.

What will I learn?

  1. The skills of a Salesforce Administrator:
    • Stay up to date with Salesforce innovations
    • Use a CRM system to improve business efficiency
    • Propose solutions adapted to Salesforce customer needs
  2. The skills of a web developer:
    • Build applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Java
    • Apply testing and debugging practices
    • Ensure the security of a web application
  3. The skills specific to a Salesforce Developer:
    • Problem-solve on the code-level of Salesforce software
    • Build and adapt apps on the Salesforce platform using Lightning and Apex
    • Deploy applications with Heroku
      ...and more!

How will I learn at OpenClassrooms?

Our educational method is unique. Learning is conducted fully online through a mix of videos, online reading, and projects a student would realistically face in a future role. OpenClassrooms embraces professional development.

Students that sign up for a diploma program are paired with experienced professionals in their field that serve as a dedicated mentor.


At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven because that’s the fastest way to become operational. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start your new job.  


During your path, you will be assigned a mentor who will offer one-to-one support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor will offer guidance on your projects, help define objectives and guide you until you reach the end of your program. Our mentors are dedicated professionals who are experts in their field and have experience in sharing their know-how with our students.

OpenClassrooms courses

At OpenClassrooms, courses are an optional resource to support you as you progress along the path of projects. The courses are created in collaboration with experts in the field and will train you for the skills needed to complete the projects.

Trailhead modules

Trailhead, the learning platform created by Salesforce, provides the resources you'll need to learn the skills specific to working as a developer with Salesforce software. You'll find a list of recommended Trailhead modules for most of the projects on the path. You'll find this courses in the "Ressources" section of each project. These, in addition to the recommended OpenClassrooms courses, will train you for completing the projects. 

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Trailhead, Salesforce's learning platform

Your diploma

  • OpenClassrooms is a private distance learning establishment, registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France.

  • Once you’ve completed your training path and validated your skills, you’ll be awarded the "Salesforce Developer" title.
    This path is subject to a National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP) registration request, with France compétences, to have the level of the diploma recognized by the State.
    This process takes 8 to 18 months. If the request is successful, the first students will be able to retroactively claim recognition by the RNCP. If the request is unsuccessful, the diploma will not be recognized by the State.

  • Contact the university or higher education establishment where you’d like to continue your studies if you have questions about the equivalence of the diploma.

Job guarantee

  • Find work within 6 months of graduating.

  • Get your money back from OpenClassrooms if you don't.
    See Job Guarantee.


Salesforce Developer

DiplomaBachelor's-level diplomaIndividual learning supportJob guarantee

A teaching method based on practical experience.

  • Acquire key skills for your future career with real-world projects.

  • Make progress with the support of an experienced professional.

  • Acquire concrete know-how and demonstrate it with a portfolio.

Detailed projects and skills

project 1

Spend a day in the life of a Salesforce Consultant

Learn about the professionals who bring Salesforce solutions to the world: Salesforce Consultants! Explore the Salesforce platform and plan out your learning path.
Duration20 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Identify tools and resources for staying up to date with technology
  • Describe the role of a Salesforce professional
  • Describe a CRM system and its components
  • Identify the features of the Salesforce platform
  • Set up a system for staying up to date with Salesforce innovations
  • Create a plan for completing your learning path
project 2

Improve the Salesforce Solution for 'Digit Learning'

Take on the role of consultant. Analyze the performance of an existing Salesforce solution and improve. No coding required!
Duration50 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Audit existing configurations
  • Use CRM to improve business efficiency
  • Use an automation tool to improve a business process
  • Update existing configurations
  • Update a Lightning GUI
project 3

Create a Salesforce Solution for 'Tours for life'

Help a small family business build and track a loyal customer base with Salesforce! Propose a technical solution adapted to their needs. No coding required!
Duration70 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Define a data model and its business rules
  • Formalize a solution and its specifications to meet a client's requirements
  • Analyze a client's requirements
  • Choose an appropriate solution for a technical problem
project 4

Debug a Java application

You've been hired to finish an application another developer has started, and it's up to you to make sure that it gets up and running correctly! Get ready to make your mark and fix your first Java application!
Duration55 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Program using Java fundamentals
  • Build a collaborative code project
project 5

Fix and Update a Java Application Using Best Testing Practices

You’re taking over work on an unfinished application and a number of tests are failing. Your mission is to fix the application and add a missing functionality so that your client leaves happy!
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Fix an application according to a test execution report
  • Produce a test execution report
  • Implement unit tests
  • Implement integration tests
project 6

Create a user interface for your app

Deliver an optimal user experience by building the interface of your application with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
Duration95 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Update the DOM using JavaScript
  • Create a front-end interface for an application
  • Respect best practices in using HTML and CSS
  • Ensure the graphical consistency of a web site
project 7

Migrate a Visualforce project to Lightning

Use the Visualforce web development framework to create modern user interfaces hosted on the Lightning Platform.
Duration90 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Integrate wireframes into a design process
  • Write technical and functional documentation for an application
project 8

Create a Lightning application

Your company needs your new Lightning skills! Build your first Lightning application while diving into Apex programming.
Duration90 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Work in sprints
  • Complete a unit and integration test suite
  • Define a backlog
  • Set up a backlog
project 9

Optimize an Apex back end

Put your new Apex skills to use by adapting an existing Salesforce application to a client's needs.
Duration40 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Implement improvements requested by a client
  • Optimize a back-end resource usage
project 10

Design an Apex back end prototype

You're ready to take your skills as a developer to the next level: design the data model and technical architecture of a Salesforce application and secure it against potential data breach.
Duration30 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Design the data model of an Apex application
  • Design the technical architecture of an Apex application
  • Implement the data model of an Apex application
  • Define the security model of an Apex application
project 11

Create an Apex back end

Ready to turn ideas into reality? The system architect has done the design work, but it's up to you to implement the app per Salesforce industry standards.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Select a suitable implementation approach for the development of an application
  • Develop an Apex back end
  • Respect the Salesforce industry standard practices
project 12

Deploy your Salesforce app with Heroku

As your company grows, the applications you rely on will need to share data across the globe. Add a whole new dimension to your software by interacting with web services!
Duration90 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Integrate an external application with Salesforce
  • Deploy a Salesforce application with Heroku

One-to-one learning support

  • Benefit from weekly individual mentoring sessions with an expert in the field.

  • Progress rapidly through projects thanks to their expertise in sharing know-how.

The OpenClassrooms community

  • Count on our solid student community to give you support 24-7.

  • Share your doubts or queries with a comprehensive network of students, mentors, and graduates.

Pay for your path

Monthly subscription: The flexible, customizable option

For everyone.

  • Adapts to your schedule: Study at your pace

  • Non-binding subscription: Stop at any time

  • The faster you finish, the less it costs

  • Start date of your choice

€400 per month

Approx. 12 months

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