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Introduction to Power BI 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)
£1,350
Classroom (Manchester)
£995
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
£825
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

Power BI is a standalone application, so there are no pre-requisites for attending this course.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Introduction to Power BI course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
10-11 Jun 09:30-16:30 Manchester £995 Book
18-19 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
15-16 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
25-26 Jul 09:30-16:30 Manchester £995 Book
05-06 Aug 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 Power BI training course contents

Our online Introduction to Power BI course gets you up and running with Microsoft's increasingly influential Business Intelligence tool.  Over the two days that the course lasts you'll learn how to:

  • load data from data sources like Excel, CSV files, SQL Server and even websites

  • create and format visuals (and get them to interact with each other)

  • create charts, matrices, gauges, KPIs and custom visuals

  • use Query Editor to transform your data before loading it

  • create calculated columns in tables

  • create slicers, filters and drill-downs to choose data to view

  • get an introduction to creating maps in Power BI

  • publish your reports to the basic Power BI service

The idea is that you will learn everything that you need to know to create and publish basic reports using Power BI Desktop!

The contents of this course are as follows:

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

Charts

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

Matrices

  • 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

Drill-through

  • 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
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 delivery of this course was great. The interaction with the trainer was good and the ability for him to assist when I became lost, ensured that my focus on the topics was maintained. Looking forward to the next course."

Nikki Cutler (Neutrik (UK) Ltd)

"Fantastic course, paced correctly and the trainer was extremely knowledgeable, as well as being a wonderful host for the two days. I really like the small class sizes as it ensures you have a voice and don't get drowned out by multiple questions. Great location too."

Paul Maxwell (Innogy Business Services UK Ltd)

"Really enjoyed the course and I can't wait to put my new skills to use within the organisation. The course was recommended to me by a colleague"

Josh Lee (Ultimate Products Global Sourcing (UPGS))

"Really enjoyed the course. A brilliant trainer, who answered any and all questions and really brought the content to life."

Rebecca Kaur (Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA))

"Excellent trainer and pace of days. He made you feel relaxed and explained the course content in a easy to understand manner."

Becky Hayes (APSE Manchester)

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:

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Advanced Power BI Data

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