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3-day intensive DAX and Power BI course

Three 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.

You'll get the most out of this course if you've already dabbled with Power BI, although no experience is essential.  The course has a very ambitious timetable, and obviously our ability to cover all of the syllabus will depend on the ability of those attending!

Course schedule

Here are our next few Fast track Power BI and DAX course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
01-03 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
29-31 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
09-11 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
09-11 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
06-08 Nov 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 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

Fast track Power BI and DAX - Course Contents

If you're new(ish) to Power BI, you're faced with two hurdles:

  • You need to get up to speed with extracting, transforming and loading data in Power BI, creating data models, creating visuals and learning about topics like slicers, drill-down and publishing; but

  • You're also probably going to have to learn how to create calculated columns and measures using DAX, to allow you to report on custom statistics.

For most people we'd recommend doing this in two stages, by attending our two-day Introduction to Power BI course and then our two-day DAX course, but if you're a quick learner (and don't mind three very intensive days) we've created a three-day fast-track course to try to square an impossible circle, and squeeze four days of training into three days!

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:


Basic reports

  • Getting data
  • Basic visuals
  • Shapes, text boxes and images

Data sources

  • SQL Server / databases
  • Excel / CSV files
  • Websites

Working with visuals

  • The formatting pane
  • Conditional formatting
  • Visual interactions


  • Creating charts
  • Bubble and other charts
  • Grouping data
  • Small multiples


  • Row and column headers
  • Drill-down

Dashboard visuals

  • Gauges
  • Cards
  • KPIs

Query editor

  • Filtering rows
  • Manipulating columns
  • Working with data types
  • Creating new columns

Creating data models

  • Relationships
  • Hiding fields and tables
  • Renaming fields/tables

Filtering data

  • Slicers
  • Using the filter pane


  • Adding drillthrough filters
  • Creating back buttons
  • Button drill-through

Basic publishing

  • Power BI Service
  • Workspaces
  • Dashboards and tiles
  • Lineage view

From our DAX FOR POWER BI course

Writing DAX

  • Basic DAX syntax
  • Referring to columns
  • Commenting code
  • Code layout

Data model basics

  • Importing data
  • Creating a data model

Calculated columns in DAX

  • Creating calculated columns
  • IF and SWITCH
  • Showing RELATED data
  • Dealing with blanks

Basic measures

  • Creating measures
  • Understanding filter context
  • Using a measures table

The CALCULATE function

  • Manipulating filter context
  • Adding filters
  • Removing and replacing filters

Filters and relationships

  • Cross filter direction
  • Filter propagation
  • The CROSSFILTER function

Dynamic measures   if time

  • Dynamic titles
  • The SELECTEDVALUE function
  • Disconnected slicers

The FILTER function   if time

  • Calculating a table
  • Adding filters


  • Declaring variables
  • Returning a result
  • Debugging with variables

Time intelligence

  • Automatic calendars
  • Time intelligence functions

Custom calendars   if time

  • Creating custom calendars
  • Financial years
  • Multiple relationships

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:

"I found the course very useful and it taught me lots of things I didn't realise Power BI was capable of. I felt like I understood everything that was taught. A great trainer, very friendly and funny and able to answer all of the questions that we threw at him! I had used Power and this course was useful in making me aware of all of the different parts of Power BI, and the options that are available."

Thomas Morley (Department for Education)

"I found the course really well planned and engaging. The content covered a wide variety of things and I now feel I have a greater understanding and knowledge of Power BI."

Natalie Graham (Sellafield Ltd)

"The course contents and trainer fully met the exceptionally high standards set by previous Wise Owl courses I've enrolled on. This was the first online course that I've tried and it was very clear and easy to follow with a great set up including the pre-course checks that were undertaken. Would thoroughly recommend."

Shona Riley (Access Bookings Ltd)

"Really well planned course - the use of virtual machines was excellent - not something I've ever experienced during an online training course and it felt very professional. The pre-course check the week before to iron out any technical issues, also meant that we didn't waste time troubleshooting on the day. A great trainer, very knowledgeable and kept the energy high each day which meant the sessions were easy to keep engaged with. I'm looking forward to using what I've learned and putting it into practice! Other members within our team had attended a previous session and described how useful it was."

Jamie-Leigh Edington (Sellafield Ltd)

"Good pace and the trainer was very helpful, allowed regular breaks and encouraged us to ask questions. He also stayed at the end and was willing to show extra features that we asked for."

Michael Lawrence (Sellafield Ltd)

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.

Related Courses

You might like to consider these related courses:

DAX for Power BI


2 day course

Advanced Power BI Data


2 day course

Advanced Power BI Reports


2 day course

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