The sunsetting of ARC300 (Architect B2C Commerce Solutions)

Trailhead Academy, Salesforce’s official learning platform, offers a wide range of courses that help individuals acquire the new skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the ever-evolving world of technology. 

Among these, the ARC300, also known as the ‘Salesforce Architect B2C Commerce Solutions’ course, held significant importance. This recently sunsetted course was a crucial resource for experienced B2C Commerce Technical Leads, Solution Architects, B2C Commerce Developers, Technical Directors, Owners of Technical Design and Quality Implementations, and anyone aspiring to earn their Salesforce B2C Commerce Architect credential.

So, what now? Let me go back a few years in time first, as I was one of the few instructors of this course.

Could I do it?

Has it been three years already? It seems like only yesterday that I was asked whether I would be interested in teaching a course about architecture within Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud. Honestly, it took little persuasion to get me to do this, although I was wondering whether or not I would have the skills to convey the required knowledge to others.

It is one thing to know everything about Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud. However, it is another to pass on that knowledge to others via a virtual class—it was still in the minds of the coronavirus crisis, so Salesforce had crossed physical courses off the list. 

Honestly, I was glad for that fact—I could do it from the comfort of my own home.

Quite the adventure

But those fears turned out to be for nought, and I got great reviews from those who took my classes, which gave me the confidence to continue and offer two classes a year. Ultimately, companies even requested private courses, giving me more opportunities to learn and convey my knowledge.

Each class gave me new insights from those participating, and hopefully, I was able to give them some new insights to tackle the projects they were doing and those in the future!

To all good stories comes an end

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and the same goes for the ‘Salesforce Architect B2C Commerce Solutions’ course. In April 2024, the course was sunsetted, marking the end of an era for the individuals who had benefited from the knowledge and skills it provided.

While it is always sad to see something you love come to an end, it’s important to remember its impact on the lives of those who could learn from it.

It was a great learning experience to convey knowledge to others and explain concepts.

Will there be a new course?

A group of people stands atop a mountain, overlooking a city where a Trailhead Academy cap hovers in the sky.

While the ‘Salesforce Architect B2C Commerce Solutions’ course may have been sunsetted, a new course can always replace it. With the ever-evolving world of technology, keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and knowledge is essential. Salesforce is known for its commitment to continuous improvement, and the Trailhead Academy platform is a testament to this.

It is plausible that Salesforce is already working on a new course to fill the gap left by the sunsetted course. With the rise of Composable Commerce and the increasing demand for personalised customer experiences, the new course will likely also focus on B2C Commerce Cloud architecture and design, but with more of a focus on microservices architecture, headless commerce, and AI-powered personalisation.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it is exciting to speculate on the future of Trailhead Academy and the Commerce Crew.

How can I prepare for the Architect exam now?

Since no alternative course is available yet, you will have to resort to all resources available on Trailhead, the Partner Learning Camp (if you have access), and, of course, my own blog, which has multiple resources available to get you started!

If you are planning on taking the exam shortly, good luck!

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