Winter 22 Maintenance Comments

By Val Southern

Are you ready for Winter ’22 maintenance?

As a Certified Application Architect, it’s important to keep up with the latest features. This helps to provide the best possible solutions for our customers. I’d already completed the Winter ‘22 Release Highlights badge. So rather than wait for the December deadline for maintaining my credentials, I thought I’d get it done now while it’s the current release. And fresh in my mind!

I’m relatively new to the Architect world. Hence I was a little worried that maintaining my credentials was going to be a long and arduous task – given the amount of study and number of certs that were required to get here. I was delighted to find that I could do this by completing just 3 badges:


Salesforce Certified Application Architect

I managed to do it all in 1 day and here’s a little summary of the required tasks for each badge.


winter '22 maintenance

For this maintenance module, the task focussed on granting access based on activated User sessions for permission set groups. We are asked to create 2 permission sets, then group them into a new permission set group.

Simple enough but good practice and reminded me to group together permissions typically used for a specific task and therefore needed together.



The task for this maintenance module focussed on using getInstance() in Apex to retrieve a custom metadata record, removing the need to write a SOQL query to do the same thing, making the code cleaner, faster and not subject to SOQL limits.

We are given an Apex class and instructed to update it to use getInstance() and remove code no longer needed. Whilst not spoon-feeding with instructions, the module contains enough resources to help find the correct way to use it (along with my own knowledge) to pass the task. I found it challenging enough without being too frustrating.


Salesforce Architect Certification Maintenance (Winter ’22) involved 2 modules. Each has a quiz about the key features to know about, covering each of the architect roles.

It’s a surprise that there were no hands-on tasks in this one but the content is still good to know!




Rather than waiting for the deadline in December, I recommend getting these done now for relevance.


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Phil's Salesforce Tip of the Week

Winter ’22 – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #487

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #487


Tip 1 – Winter ’22

Winter '22

No need to panic, you have until December 2nd 2022.

But if you like to stay on top of your Cert maintenance then the Winter ’22 modules are ready for you.

Click here for the Trailhead link to all modules.




Tip 2 – The Trailblazer Ranch

Salesforce Ranch

After many rumours, the Salesforce Ranch is apparently here!

While we fully recognize and embrace that we’re in a digital-first world, we know that a majority of our employees still want to have the ability to connect in person.

That’s why we’ve decided to create the ultimate expression of the Salesforce culture — the Trailblazer Ranch. It will be a sustainable gathering place where all stakeholders can come together to connect, learn, innovate, get inspired, have fun, and give back.

For us, this is the next evolution of our culture.”

I’ll be keeping an eye out for any more news. But if it is a chance to spend more time in the beautiful countryside I may insist on a few less phones and tablets when I visit 😉


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Winter 22 Logo and Trailhead Go – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #446

Tip 1 – Winter ’22 Logo

TODAY is the last day to vote for the Winter ’22 logo, click here and complete the form to vote. Thanks to Jean-Michel for flagging this, I nearly missed it!

Tip 2 – Trailhead Go

It has been a long time coming…but now you can access and collaborate in the Trailblazer Community in the Trailhead Go mobile app.

Read the full announcement here. “Access Community Groups, posts, likes, comments, user following and more. You can network, collaborate, and connect with the global Trailblazer Community from anywhere, straight from your mobile device”

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