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3-day intensive Power BI training course

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

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


You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

 Although you don't need to have used Power BI to attend the course, you'll get much more out of this course if you've already started to use Power BI in anger.

Course schedule

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

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
07-09 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
16-18 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
16-18 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
18-20 Nov 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
16-18 Dec 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 - Course Contents

This course is designed for people who tick the following boxes:

  • You've tried teaching yourself Power BI, but realise that you'd learn much more quickly on a formal course (either that or you're self-taught at Power BI and suspect that you've missed lots of tips and tricks along the way).

  • You're normally pretty quick at picking up software, and are happy to cover a lot of material in three days.

If this sounds like you, our three-day fast-track Power BI course could be ideal.  It aims to cover all of the material from our (already busy) two-day Introduction to Power BI and a fair few topics from our two-day Advanced Power BI (Reports) course and also from our two-day Advanced Power BI (Data) course in three busy 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

Creating data models

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

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

Filtering data

  • Slicers
  • Using the filter pane


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

Azure maps

  • Latitude and longitude
  • Creating basic maps
  • Bubble, heat and cluster maps
  • Tweaking maps

Calculated columns

  • Adding columns
  • IF and SWITCH
  • The RELATED function

Basic publishing

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


Custom visuals

  • Ways to import
  • Pinning custom visuals
  • Infographics (picture charts)


  • Tooltip backgrounds
  • Dynamic report tooltips
  • Visual header tooltips

Conditional formatting

  • Gradients and rules
  • Based on a field value
  • Icons and data bars

Dynamic display   if time

  • Format properties as expressions
  • Examples of dynamic formatting

Quick measures

  • Comparison against single items
  • Line chart averages
  • Listing selected items
  • Running totals


  • Data and display properties
  • Spotlighting and hiding visuals
  • Bookmark navigators
  • Some design case studies

Dynamic page navigation

  • Page navigators
  • Page navigation buttons
  • Controlling with slicers
  • Drill-through with slicers

Decomposition tree   if time

  • How it works
  • Formatting the parts
  • Locking levels


Column transforms

  • Splitting (3 methods)
  • Extracting data
  • Merging columns

Creating columns

  • Columns by example
  • Custom columns in M
  • Conditional columns
  • Index columns

Combining queries

  • Combining files from folders
  • Merging queries
  • Fuzzy merge
  • Appending queries

Manipulation transforms

  • Pivoting and unpivoting
  • Grouping queries
  • Transposing data

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:

"Our trainer was brilliant - attentive, detailed and comprehensive. Really enjoyed my three days with him. I may complete the DAX course 6-12 months down the line once I've got more experienced with PBI"

Sarosh Sethna (Sellafield Ltd)

"This course was exactly what I needed to get up to speed on PowerBI, and I now feel confident in working with it in my role. The offer of continued help from the trainer if we were to e-mail was greatly appreciated too. I had never used PowerBI before and needed something that took me from newbie to reasonable user in a short timeframe, and this ticked all the boxes."

Scot Hickinbottom (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

"An excellent trainer, he was effective, attentive, informative and extremely knowledgeable. I got so much from the course and it is going to massively improve implementation of my skills into my job role."

Rebekah Davie (Signature Senior Lifestyle Ltd)

"Really happy with the Power BI Fast Track course. Everything was explained clearly and made very easy to understand and the trainer was generous with providing practical tips for working with data and reports above and beyond the syllabus. The communication and set up before the course was also as smooth as possible. I've had a few courses with Wise Owl and looking forward to joining another one in the future. "

Kaili Jarv (Waltham Forest Council)

"A fantastic teacher, and extremely helpful and concise at breaking down difficult concepts."

Alex Morris (Cardinal Newman College)

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:

Advanced Power BI Reports


2 day course

Advanced Power BI Data


2 day course

DAX for Power BI


2 day course

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