In November 2016, Salesforce made some important updates to the Pardot Consultant credential, one of which was requiring the Pardot Specialist certification as a prerequisite.
If you earned your Pardot Consultant Certification on or before Oct 27, 2016, then you must complete a proctored maintenance exam with the Spring ’17 release. Every Pardot Consultant will be charged a $100 USD maintenance fee when registering for the Pardot Consultant and Specialist Spring ’17 Release Exam. Note – no fee was charged for the Summer ’16 nor Winter ’17 maintenance exams because of this anticipated change.
The exam consisting of 30 to 35 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions. When you have passed this exam, you will also be granted the Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist credential. The deadline for this exam is March 30, 2018, to keep your Pardot Consultant certification (subject to change at the discretion of Salesforce).
These changes only apply to people looking to maintain an existing Pardot Consultant certification that was acquired before Oct 27, 2017. If you are looking to obtain a new Pardot Specialist or Pardot Consultant certification, check out our courses.