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Report Builder Training Courses

Our live online and classroom courses in Report Builder allow you to create reports using the standaline Report Builder program, whether for use within Power BI or otherwise. We have small course sizes (maximum 5 people), and our trainers are friendly but also experts in their field.

We currently run the following scheduled Report Builder courses:

Not exactly the course contents you want? Why not consider organising your own tailored Report Builder course)?

More about our Report Builder training

Report Builder is a standalone software program which allows you to create reports, whether within Power BI or separately.  Although Report Builder looks very different from SQL Server Reporting Services, it's actually virtually identical once you start using it.

You can see our take on the differences between Report Builder and Reporting Services here.

You can use Report Builder to edit existing reports or create new ones.  Here are some of the things that you may choose to include in your reports:




A table of data usually shows the results of a SQL query, although you can use the built in query designer to extract data yourself from underlying tables.  You can choose to group tables (for example, to show films by director), and apply outlining to hide or display all child records when you click on a parent.


A matrix, like a table and a list, is an example of a tablix item.  In a matrix one of the fields goes across the top and one down the left side (imagine a pivot table in Excel and you won't be far wrong).


You can create a wide variety of charts in Report Builder, including the new sunburst and tree map charts (neither of which is anything like as exciting as it sounds!).  You can also embed spark lines and data bars within the cells of a table.


An indicator is a visual representation of how highly a statistic rates against its peers.  For example, you could use indicators to show green circles against any sales staff who have exceeded their targets.


A guage can be linear (like a thermometer) or radial (like a rev counter on a car), and has a pointer showing how high a reading is against a built-in scale.


As mentioned above, lists, tables and matrices are really 3 different versions of the same thing: a grid of data.  A list allows you to show a different page of charts, tables and reports for each member of a list.


A subreport shows all of the children for a parent (for example, you might use a subreport to list all of the films made by a given director).  Subreports are most useful for drill-down effects (so you might click on a director's name to see a list of all the films they made).


You can display geographical data as SSRS maps, including enabling drill-down so that when you click on (say) a town you see a list of all the transactions taking place in it.


Just for the sake of completeness, you can insert lines, rectangles and images (all of which do exactly what you'd expect).

When you've finished creating or editing a report, you can save or publish it to:

If creating using

Publish to

Report Builder standalone application

On-premises Report Server

Power BI Report Builder

Power BI Service

We run a two-day Introduction to Report Builder course, which you can take as a classroom course or online.

10 things our courses include

Each of our scheduled courses (whether classroom or online) includes:

  1. Small course sizes - we have a maximum of 6 people on each classroom or online course.
  2. A trainer! And not just anyone - our courses are only ever given by full-time Wise Owls.
  3. Full colour courseware and exercises of oustanding quality.
  4. A no cancellation guarantee (once you've booked and confirmed your training course, it will run).
  5. A one gigabyte USB stick, containing course files, answers to exercises and (by the end of the course) your answers too, together with a nice pen.
  6. Unofficial help after the course (although we don't have a dedicated post-course support line, in practice trainers will be happy to answer the odd ad hoc question after a course has taken place).
  7. A certificate sent out digitally or in paper form (your choice) after each course, together with (for tailored courses) the trainer's thoughts on how the course went.

In addition, our classroom courses also include:

  1. A computer for each delegate (obviously).
  2. Lunch out each day at a local restaurant (chosen on the day of the course, after discussion!).
  3. Unlimited refreshments during the day, including Tassimo or Nespresso coffee and a range of biscuits and snacks to keep you going through those dark afternoon hours.

Still not convinced? You can read hundreds of testimonials to the quality of our training (all attributed and added in the last 3 years.

Scheduled Report Builder training dates

Here are the next Report Builder courses we have scheduled:

Course Dates Days Venue Price Booking
Reporting Services Thu/Fri 18-19 July 2024 18-19 Jul 2 Online £825 Book places
Reporting Services Tue/Wed 20-21 August 2024 20-21 Aug 2 Online £825 Book places
Report Builder Tue/Wed 03-04 September 2024 03-04 Sep 2 Online £825 Book places
Reporting Services Mon/Tue 16-17 September 2024 16-17 Sep 2 Online £825 Book places
Fast track SSRS Mon/Wed 16-18 September 2024 16-18 Sep 3 Online £1,295 Book places
Report Builder Thu/Fri 03-04 October 2024 03-04 Oct 2 Online £825 Book places

All prices exclude VAT. If you can't see the dates you want, don't forget that you always have the option of arranging onsite training at your offices (we'll even provide the computers and projector).

Other Report Builder training resources

There are many ways in which we can help you learn Report Builder!


Never let it be said that we hide anything away! Not only can you see our Report Builder course manuals, but also our course exercises.


We've written a few blogs on Report Builder and Reporting Services (which are more or less the same product).


Choose to watch our Report Builder videos.

Training venues

Visit one of the following venues for scheduled Report Builder training.

Courseware manuals

You can sample or license the following courseware manuals.

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