Here is the snapshot of different certifications offered by Salesforce.com along with the exam format, cost and pre-requisites. Click on the image below to view image in its original size

(The information in this blog post is quite old. You may want to refer to my latest blog – http://www.asagarwal.com/4383/the-most-comprehensive-guide-on-salesforce-certifications on the certification tracks in Salesforce)

Salesforce Certification Tracks

However, just clearing the certification one-time is not enough. To maintain certification credentials, all certified professionals must successfully complete three online, release-specific exams within a 12-month period (@ cost of US$ 100 per 12 months). Release exams are published in conjunction with major product releases (Winter, Spring, and Summer).

Take the Salesforce.com Certified Administrator Release Exam if you hold one or more of the credentials below:

  • Salesforce.com Certified Administrator
  • Salesforce.com Certified Advanced Administrator
  • Salesforce.com Certified Service Cloud Consultant
  • Salesforce.com Certified Sales Cloud Consultant

Take the Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Developer Release Exam if you hold one or more of the credentials below:

  • Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Developer
  • Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Advanced Developer
  • Salesforce.com Certified Technical Architect