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CRMBase vs College Degrees, Trailhead, and Coding Bootcamps

Posted by Shakira
Oct. 19, 2021

CRMBase offers industry-first Salesforce bootcamps to train students for high-paying tech careers. In 1-3 months, students are trained for no-code Salesforce Admin, BSA, and Consultant careers by expert instructors through online classes and hands-on exercises on the Salesforce platform. CRMBase also offers Salesforce Developer Bootcamps that teach complete programming novices how to customize the CRM through coding. 


High Impact, Low Investment 

Our bootcamps are specially curated to focus on important CRM aspects that are needed by Salesforce professionals in their jobs. CRMBase’s bootcamps present a blend of Salesforce theory, practice on the platform, industry exposure, and preparation for certification exams. This carefully designed curriculum ensures that each student is completely job ready upon graduation. 

The 3-6 month classes are jam-packed with relevant information and real-life projects. CRMBase offers one-on-one mentorship and career outcome resources to make the career transition as painless as possible. In less than half a year, graduates can land 6-figure CRM jobs. Best of all: students pay nothing till they get hired. 


CRMBase vs Colleges and Trailhead 

Salesforce is not taught in colleges, not even in Business-related or Computer Science degrees. Moreover, expensive college degrees claim to prepare students for lucrative careers but do not deliver. Another option for learning Salesforce is Trailhead. Trailhead is Salesforce’s learning platform where users can go through self-paced lessons, trails, and projects.  

The CRMBase Salesforce Bootcamps provide students a more effective alternative to both college degrees and Trailhead. Here is why: 

CRMBase vs College Degrees vs Trailhead

CRMBase vs college degrees and Trailhead

1. Pace of Program 

CRMBase has an accelerated time frame, with our bootcamps designed to wrap up in 4-12 weeks. Our part-time bootcamps take longer than the typical 3-month programs and are designed for busy professionals who want to earn a regular paycheck while studying. Similarly, CRMBase’s specialization bootcamps for complete novices take 6 months. On the contrary, a college degree stretches to 4 years, and Trailhead takes much longer due to lack of motivation and guidance.  

2. Flexibility of Curriculums 

The bootcamp curriculums are constantly tweaked based on student and instructor feedback. We update it each time new Salesforce upgrades are introduced, so the curriculums are always current. The CRMBase curriculums closely follows Salesforce certification requirements as well, since certifications boost salaries by 15-46% and serve as credentials for entry-level positions. College degrees have curriculums outlined by the collaboration of several educational bodies, so major changes are difficult to bring about. They do not prepare students for Salesforce certifications at all. The third option—Trailhead—has up-to-date material, which is a point in their favor.  

3. Teaching Format 

CRMBase’s bootcamps have 100% online live classes, allowing students to learn Salesforce from all corners of the country. Similarly, Trailhead is accessible online but lacks the live guidance of a dedicated instructor. On the other hand, colleges primarily have in-person classes, restricting class attendance to those who can commute to the university location. 

4. Expert Instructors 

CRMBase’s bootcamps are taught by handpicked Salesforce experts who have the requisite certifications under their belt, along with industry experience, and a teaching aptitude. We also collect feedback from students and review the curriculum, projects, and student experience on a weekly basis to constantly improve. On the other hand, Trailhead is purely self-paced learning while colleges have trained instructors who may or may not be qualified to teach the assigned courses. Student feedback is not acted upon quickly either. 

5. Job-Readiness Training 

Our bootcamps are structured around imparting job-readiness skills. Each concept is supplemented by hands-on exercises and coding labs, so students develop a more in-depth understanding. They get industry exposure over the course of the bootcamp, so they can utilize the skills they learn in real-world projects. This can be directly translated to job tasks. For instance, our No-Code Salesforce Bootcamp allows students to become a Salesforce Administrator, Business Solutions Analyst, or Consultant. 

On the other hand, college degrees are more focused on theoretical learning than preparing students for the realities of the job market. Moving on to Trailhead, it is an amalgamation of theoretical teaching and hands-on exercises, but the excess details tend to bog you down.  

6. Career Transition Support 

Colleges facilitate student placements but not in a dedicated manner. Placing a fraction of the students in good jobs is enough validation for their programs. CRMBase, on the other hand, has a vested interest in each and every student. We don't get paid till our students land high-paying jobs. This means our Career Outcome team works with each student, fully supporting them in their career transition. Now to the third option—Trailhead—you won’t get any job search or placement support from that avenue.  

7. Mentorship 

Colleges do not offer mentorship programs and neither does Trailhead. The only factor working in favor of Trailhead is the support of the Trailblazer Community, which is a community of Salesforce learners and experts that is curated by Salesforce. This lacks the one-on-one mentorship offered by CRMBase. Our students get individual attention for resolving their problems and mapping their career journey, whether they want to become a Salesforce Admin or Salesforce Developer.  

CRMBase also offers a 3-month apprenticeship to students who do well in the bootcamp. This enables students to get on-the-job training and an exposure to the industry before their first full-time position.  

8. Collective Learning 

Students learn better in groups since they can clarify any confusions and practice new concepts among themselves. They also boost each other’s morale, leading to a higher course completion rate. Both CRMBase Bootcamps and college degrees offer these benefits of batch-based learning. Having said that, due to its shorter time span, CRMBase’s Salesforce Bootcamps have a higher student success rate. On the other hand, Trailhead relies on individual learning, which is a major reason why students do not follow their study plans (Trailmixes) to the end. 

9. Expense 

A 4-year college degree is much more expensive than a 3/6 month CRMBase bootcamp. On the one hand, the financial burden is much larger in case of a college degree; and on the other hand, there is a much lower chance of getting a high-paying job. The extra time spent in college can be spent working and earning well, which is an additional financial cost for the student. CRMBase’s bootcamps are thus the better option. The third choice—Trailhead—is free but very few students become successful based on independent study.  

10. Size of Classes 

There are no classes if students opt for Trailhead. Colleges work on the other extreme. They have large overheads that they meet by keeping class strengths high. This directly translates into each student getting less attention from the instructor. We, on the contrary, keep our classes small, so every student gets the individual attention they deserve. 

11. Prerequisites 

CRMBase has bootcamps curated for complete beginners. Our Salesforce Admin Bootcamp does not require any previous Salesforce knowledge. The same goes for our Salesforce Admin + Developer Bootcamp, which does not even require coding knowledge. Similarly, students from all educational and professional backgrounds can join our bootcamps. However, college degrees have strict admission criteria that excludes many aspiring students. Trailhead also does not have any requirements but has other flaws. 

12. Frequency of Start Dates 

There are no start dates if students opt for Trailhead. CRMBase has frequent start dates since we have many recurring bootcamps. As for college degrees, they have annual or bi-annual programs that may not suit all students.  


CRMBase Bootcamps vs Other Bootcamps 

CRMBase offers an industry-first Salesforce bootcamp. The only other active bootcamps today are either for generic fields like Digital Marketing or for software engineering. Since the former bootcamps prepare students for high-competition mid-range careers, we will only discuss the coding bootcamps that compete against our offering.  

CRMBase Bootcamp vs Coding Bootcamps

CRMBase Bootcamp vs other coding bootcamps

1. Coding Requirement 

CRMBase offers a No-Code Salesforce Bootcamp for students who wish to train for high-paying careers but do not want to learn programming. The other comparable bootcamps all teach programming as the primary subject of study.  

2. Scope of Study 

Coding bootcamps teach one or more generic programming languages. Although this means that the students qualify for a range of jobs, they all also compete for the same jobs. Our Salesforce Developer and Salesforce Admin + Developer Bootcamps take a different approach. We teach the basics of programming but we also teach our students how to programmatically customize Salesforce. This offers them a specialized skill set, placing them several cuts above other coding bootcamp graduates.  

3. Upfront Cost 

A vast majority of bootcamps charge upfront fees from their students. Very few, if any, students can afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars in one go. We believe financial circumstances should not bar students from pursuing their dream careers, so we offer a Deferred Tuition Agreement (DTA). Students pay nothing upfront. Rather, they pay us back in manageable installments only when they earn beyond a certain threshold.  

4. Apprenticeship 

Graduates of other bootcamps may get partial career outcome support but they do not get a soft landing into the CRM job market. This is very different from our approach. CRMBase is committed to the success of its students. We have partnership agreements with many up-and-coming organizations where we can place our graduates for apprenticeships. Here they get on-the-job training before they venture into the actual job market. Please note that apprenticeships are not guaranteed. They are offered based on the performance of the graduates, requirements of CRMBase, and vacancies at our partner companies. 


Other points of difference mentioned in the previous section also hold true. Our bootcamps are geared to ensure our graduates are completely job-ready. Expert instructors train them remotely. The students practice on the Salesforce platform and work closely with our Career Outcome team. Mentors guide them individually over the course of the bootcamp, and they have the support of the CRMBase Community during and after the bootcamp.  


Take the First Step Towards Your New Career 

We have worked hard to design curriculums that impart high-demand skills to students in the shortest amount of time. Our bootcamps are constantly updated and we support our students till they land a well-paying job. Due to all the above reasons, our bootcamps are preferable to college degrees, Trailhead, and other coding and non-coding bootcamps. Browse our catalog, choose a bootcamp, and get in touch now.  

Note: We have mentioned Salesforce Bootcamps here but the same differences apply to all our other CRM bootcamps as well.