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Introduction to MySQL Training Course

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
Classroom (Manchester)
Onsite (your office)
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Online (your home)
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

There aren't any pre-requisites for this course, although you'll find it easier if you've already seen a relational database (one with lots of tables joined together). 

Note that this is a new course, which means our usual no-cancel guarantee does not apply to all bookings.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Introduction to MySQL course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
16-17 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
29-30 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
26-27 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
28-29 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
28-29 Nov 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Introduction to MySQL training course contents

If you've got a database built in MySQL, we can teach you how to get information out of it! On this two-day introduction to MySQL course you'll learn how to:

  • Use a WHERE clause to choose which records to view

  • Create new columns using built-in functions and custom expressions

  • Link tables together using inner and outer joins

  • Aggregate data using the GROUP BY clause to show statistics

You'll use MySQL Workbench on the course, although you don't need to have this installed on your computer as you'll either be using Remote Desktop to link to a Wise Owl computer (for Wise Owl computers) or using our laptops (for classroom courses).

The contents of this course are as follows:

MySQL installation overview

  • Installation on Windows
  • MySQL Service
  • The User account
  • Command line interface

Using MySQL Workbench

  • Connections
  • The Navigator
  • The main window
  • The schema window

Creaitng databases

  • Designing databases
  • Primary keys

Working with tables

  • Creating tables
  • Field types
  • Creating relationships

Simple queries

  • Creating SELECT queries
  • Commenting your queries
  • Good coding practice
  • Table and column aliases

Setting criteria using WHERE

  • Creating criteria
  • Using wildcards
  • Filtering by date
  • Handling nulls


  • Calculated columns
  • Using aliases
  • Converting data types
  • Using built-in functions

Calculations using dates

  • The current date/time
  • Using date functions


  • Inner joins
  • Giving tables aliases
  • Left and right outer joins

Aggregation and grouping

  • Single statistics
  • Various ways to count
  • Grouping by columns
  • Filtering results using HAVING

Subqueries   if time

  • Subquery syntax
  • Creating subqueries
  • Using subqueries in a query

Derived tables and CTEs   if time

  • Using derived tables
  • Common Table Expressions (CTEs)
  • Multiple CTEs

Models   if time

  • Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs)
  • Reverse engineering ERDs
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"The class size was ideal. The trainer provided a thoughtful and entertaining experience, and was clearly well prepared. Remotely signing in was seamless. I needed proper training on SQL, having had to self-teach for several months."

Alexander Mason (Capel Manor College)

"A great tutor. The course and pace was great and we covered everything and more than what I expected. I've been looking for courses on Power BI locally but there wasn't much selection until I found Wise Owl. I will certainly be looking to book some more!!"

Kevin Crookes (George Walker Transport Ltd)

"Very useful and informative course which has given me greater knowledge on how to write DAX and use other advanced functions in Power BI. Our tutor was a great trainer who had an excellent way of describing complex issues so they could be easily understood. I also enjoyed the training style which meant that we were always engaged in the course and didn't have too many periods, where we were just watching someone show us how to do something. Many thanks."

Paul White (Southampton City Council)

"Booking and course information were all communicated well. The venue and pace was good. There was a lot of content to cover (re-caps were most welcomed). The trainer showed patience throughout and was able to answer all questions."

Vicky Kearney (Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA))

"Thank you for all the training, it is going to be super useful! Also, thank you for looking at particular queries we had and helping us find solutions, that was really appreciated."

Lucy Mullan (Manchester Metropolitan University)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

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