The sunshine is lasting longer and everything is blooming — it’s that time again! This week, I received an email alerting me that in order to maintain my Administrator Certificate, I’d need to take a maintenance exam focusing on the Spring 2019 update.

Here’s my take: the exam was super easy and painless. It took me about 20 minutes to complete soup to nuts. My advice to all you Admin Cert holders out there is, even though you have until August 23, 2019 to do this, (in the words of Nike) Just Do It.  

Thanks to Trailhead, there’s a succinct synopsis of what you need to know. If you’re not sure where to start or where to look, look no further.

A few highlights from my review of the spring updates:

  • Joined Reports are now available in Lightning experience! No more switching back and forth to and from Classic!

  • Users are now able to promote a Subtab to a Workspace Tab in the Sales Console. If you’re like me and your Salesforce screen resembles your internet browser — or in my case, my brain — with about 25 tabs open at once, this is incredibly helpful.

Not sure what Sales Console is? If you’re a sales user, it will change your life. You can learn more about it here.

  • Users can now use relative dates when scheduling tasks and activities — this is a game changer as schedules can adjust. When working with dates and times, this update allows you to schedule a task minutes or hours from “now” and days or weeks from “today” as opposed to selected a fixed date. Awesome!

Feeling stuck and need to phone a friend? You’re not alone! There’s a Certification Maintenance Group in the Trailblazer Community that’s there to support you. Someone may have already gotten the answer to the thing that’s tripping you up.  

Feeling stuck on another Salesforce issue? We’re hosting breakfast and office hours for Salesforce admins and users, so drop in and ask us anything!

Join us at The Frontier’s Gravity Room in the 800 Building between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on May 22. More details and let us know you can make it at this link or that big, clickable button. You know the one.

Event is totally free, so hopefully we’ll see you there.


Sara is a trained opera singer and brings curiosity and grit to everything that she does. Originally from Raleigh, she's a Carolina alumna and naturally, a big fan of the Tar Heels. She’s also lived in both New York City and San Diego while pursuing the arts. A certified Salesforce administrator, Sara has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit Salesforce space. You can share your favorite Broadway musical with Sara by email and connect with her on LinkedIn.