SQL Server training -  Report Builder

Report Builder Training

Report Builder (2 days)

£625 + VAT for most venues (£750 + VAT for London)

Report Builder is almost identical to Reporting Services (the difference is that Report Builder allows you to create reports without having to download or learn Visual Studio). If you're not sure of the differences, speak to us and we can talk you through which application you should be using ( or have a look here). 

This two-day course explains how to create reports in Report Builder: creating tables, lists and matrices, formatting reports so that they look beautiful and adding fancy devices like indicators and gauges! 

There is no difference that we know of between Report Builder 3.0 and Report Builder for SQL Server 2012 (this course teaches either - or both).

Course details

  • Locations for Report Builder coursesLocations:Manchester, London
  • Next Report Builder course locationNext course:Thu 01 December 2016
  • Report Builder course timesTime:09.30-16.30

Course Contents

Report Models

  • Training topicData source views
  • Training topicCreating a model
  • Training topicEntities, attributes and roles


  • Training topicCreating tables
  • Training topicInteractive sorting
  • Training topicFloating headers


  • Training topicInserting groups
  • Training topicGroup headers/footers
  • Training topicDisplaying group totals
  • Training topicExpanding and collapsing


  • Training topicThe expression builder
  • Training topicThe ReportItems collection
  • Training topicBuilt-in fields
  • Training topicConditional formatting expressions

Page set-up

  • Training topicPage headers and footers
  • Training topicPage names and numbers

Exporting reports

  • Training topicThe various report formats
  • Training topicUsing RenderFormat.Name


  • Training topicCreating parameters
  • Training topicFiltering using parameters
  • Training topicDrop list parameters
  • Training topicCoping with empty tables


  • Training topicRow and column groups
  • Training topicSorting and filtering matrices
  • Training topicCreating subtotals


  • Training topicCreating charts
  • Training topicThe parts of a chart
  • Training topicFormatting charts

Basic reports

  • Training topicText boxes and images
  • Training topicSelecting report items
  • Training topicFormatting parts of a report

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Miniature charts

  • Training topicCreating sparklines
  • Training topicCreating data bars

Graphical indicators

  • Training topicCreating and customising indicators
  • Training topicLinear and radial gauges


  • Training topicPage-per-record lists
  • Training topicDashboard lists
  • Training topicOther list ideas

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  • Training topicCreating a child report
  • Training topicCreating the main report
  • Training topicLinking the two reports

Report parts

  • Training topicPublishing report parts
  • Training topicThe report part gallery
  • Training topicUpdating report parts

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Sample customer feedback

"The manual is a huge bonus and will really support the training. Very good course and trainer - thoroughly enjoyed it."

Jen Mockridge (Oscar Mayer Ltd)

"Will be back - probably for SQL."

Chris Bell (BSI Group)

"We had an excellent tutor; we covered a lot of material and he paced it just right."

Chris Murphy (Camping and Caravan Club)

"Fantastic course and very well delivered. Much learnt and enjoyed - thank you. I will be back for other courses in the near future."

Craig Johnson (Greater Manchester Comprehensive Local Research Network)

"Glad to have attended the training. Brilliant trainer - very patient and able to explain things easily."

Sheila Miller (North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust)

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There are no particular pre-requisites for this course, although a passing knowledge of how relational databases are formed will help. In particular, no knowledge of SQL is needed.

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Other Microsoft Report Builder training resources

Report Builder exercises

Report Builder exercises

We've put all of our exercises on Report Builder online, to allow you to inspect them before booking this two-day course.

View Report Builder 3.0 exercises

Report Builder videos

Report Builder videos

You can have a look at our Report Builder videos, to help you to learn how to create reports.

View Reporting Services videos

Report Builder blogs

Report Builder blogs

There are blogs on Report Builder here, which are always worth referring to in an emergency!

View SSRS blogs

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