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Reporting Services (SSRS) 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.

You do not need any prior knowledge of SQL to attend this course (although you should have an understanding of tables and databases).

Course schedule

Here are our next few Reporting Services course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
17-18 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
18-19 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
20-21 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
19-20 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
17-18 Oct 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

Reporting Services training course contents

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS to the cognoscenti) is the flagship Microsoft tool for producing printed reports (if you want to create dashboards for viewing information on screen, you might be better off using Power BI). 

On this two day course, you'll learn how to create and deploy reports in SSRS, including:

  • Creating data sources and data sets

  • Grouping data in tables (including controlling page headers)

  • Creating expressions, including conditional formatting and page headers/footers

  • Automatically exporting data to tabbed Excel workbooks

  • Using parameters (simple or dropdown) to filter data in reports

  • Creating additional report items such as indicators and gauges

  • Working with matrices and charts

Note that you don't need to know any SQL to attend this course, as SSRS contains an easy-to-use query designer letting you choose which tables/fields you want to show in your reports.

The contents of this course are as follows:

Introduction to SSRS

  • Visual Studio and SSDT
  • Solutions and projects
  • The Visual Studio environment

Designing a Simple Report

  • Authoring a report
  • Using report items
  • Selecting and formatting report items
  • Number formats

Data sources and datasets

  • Shared data sources
  • Shared versus embedded datasets
  • Using Query Designer


  • Structure of a table
  • Formatting tables
  • Inserting rows
  • Interactive sorting
  • Repeating page headers

Grouping tables

  • Using the grouping panes
  • Row and column groups
  • Displaying subtotals
  • Outlining


  • Calculated fields
  • The ReportItems collection
  • Using built-in fields
  • Conditional formatting - expressions

Pages and printing

  • Page headers and footers
  • Pagination between groups
  • Header and footer expressions


  • Using query parameters
  • Creating drop lists
  • Multi-value drop lists
  • Formatting using parameters


  • Creating indicators
  • Changing the symbols displayed
  • Stopping indicators stretching


  • Creating and formatting gauges
  • Gauge panels
  • Pointers, scales and ranges


  • Areas of a matrix
  • Sorting and grouping matrices
  • Creating and formatting subtotals


  • The areas of a chart
  • Creating charts
  • Formatting charts

Data bars and sparklines

  • Need for a grouped row
  • Creating data bars
  • Creating sparklines


  • Creating and formatting lists
  • Grouping using lists
  • Using rectangles in lists

Subreports   if time

  • Creating a child report
  • Creating the main report
  • Creating and formatting subreports

Drill-through reports

  • Parent and child reports
  • Creating actions
  • Passing values to a child report

Maps   if time

  • ESRI shapefiles / SQL spatial data
  • Linking to datasets
  • Map layers
  • Center points and point layers

Deploying reports

  • Setting the target server
  • Deploying an entire project
  • Deploying single reports

The SSRS web portal

  • Browsing to the web portal
  • Viewing reports
  • Managing reports

KPIs and mobile reports   if time

  • Creating a KPI
  • Installing Mobile Report Publisher
  • Creating a mobile report

Subscriptions   if time

  • How subscriptions work
  • Creating a new subscription
  • Managing subscriptions
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:

"Well rounded course, presented well."

Rob Cook (Live Nation (Music) UK Limited)

"The trainer was brilliant and adjusted the course to the needs of everyone in the group. We managed to go through many more things than initially assumed. Thank you. Wise Owl was recommended to us by my previous manager and I will definitely consider using Wise Owl for any further development of my team."

Przemyslaw Brzek (TVS Supply Chain Solutions)

"I enjoyed the interactive nature of the course, as personally, I find I learn best by actually carrying out the exercises, rather than just being shown. I also liked the repetition of the tasks, as this helped me learn the principles."

Tom Tuck (Macfarlanes LLP)

"Well structured course and the trainer adapted the pace of learning to benefit my needs. I feel I have come away from the course with more knowledge than I expected to and feel confident I will be able to utilise my new skills going forward. Manual is great. Thank you."

Julie Chapman (Hereford Sixth Form College)

"Trainer was really engaging, knew his stuff and was helpful in guiding us to utilising SSRS effectively. He seemed to really enjoy teaching us and we could tell. Well delivered course and great content, example database to use. The trainer slightly adapted his delivery based on what he believed we would need and he was right."

Nathan Vickery (TVS Supply Chain Solutions)

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:

Introduction to SQL RECOMMENDED


2 day course

Advanced SQL


2 day course

Advanced SSRS


2 day course

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