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SQL Training Courses

Our live online or classroom SQL training courses have no more than 6 people per course. Have a look at our introductory and advanced SQL courses, and our other SQL training resources.

We currently run the following scheduled SQL courses:

(*) This course is a new course; for all other courses our no cancel guarantee applies.
Not exactly the course contents you want? Why not consider organising your own tailored SQL course)?

More about our SQL training

Sick of having to contact your IT people or third party supplier to get at your own data?  Learn to write SQL queries to get at it yourself, using either SQL Server Management Studio or (by request) Azure Data Studio.  We run two scheduled courses: a two-day introduction to SQL course, and a two-day advanced SQL course.

If you're a quick learner you could consider combining these two courses together and attending our single three-day fast-track course (but only if you're a quick learner).

Two-day introductory course - selecting data using SQL

This course will show you how to write queries like the one below using T-SQL, the dialect of SQL used within Microsoft's SQL Server:

-- show how many films there are for each certificate



COUNT(*) as 'Number of films'


Film as f

INNER JOIN Certificate AS c

ON f.CertificateID = c.CertificateID




-- show most popular certificate first

'Number of films' DESC

This won't necessarily make much sense to you now, but it will do after the course!

Two-day advanced SQL course - programming stored procedures

This course assumes that you know how to write queries, and shows you how to program in SQL, including using variables, writing stored procedures and functions and using table variables and temporary tables.  Here's a sample of what you'll learn to do:

CREATE PROC spListFilms(

@minOscars int,

@maxOscars int



-- list films winning this many Oscars





Film AS f


f.OscarWins between @minOscars and @maxOscars

Still not sure which is the right course for you?  There's more help available here.

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 SQL training dates

Here are the SQL courses we have scheduled for the next 3 months:

Course Dates Days Venue Price Booking
Introduction to SQL Mon/Tue 26-27 February 2024 26-27 Feb 2 Online £825 Book places
Advanced SQL Wed/Thu 13-14 March 2024 13-14 Mar 2 Online £950 Book places
Fast track SQL Wed/Fri 20-22 March 2024 20-22 Mar 3 Online £1,295 Book places
Advanced SQL Thu/Fri 21-22 March 2024 21-22 Mar 2 London £1,450 Book places
Introduction to SQL Mon/Tue 25-26 March 2024 25-26 Mar 2 Online £825 Book places
Introduction to SQL Tue/Wed 09-10 April 2024 09-10 Apr 2 Manchester £995 Book places
Advanced SQL Thu/Fri 11-12 April 2024 11-12 Apr 2 Online £950 Book places
SQL in Azure Data Studio Thu/Fri 11-12 April 2024 11-12 Apr 2 Manchester £995 Book places
Introduction to SQL Tue/Wed 23-24 April 2024 23-24 Apr 2 London £1,350 Book places
Advanced SQL Thu/Fri 25-26 April 2024 25-26 Apr 2 Manchester £1,095 Book places
Introduction to SQL Mon/Tue 29-30 April 2024 29-30 Apr 2 Online £825 Book places
Advanced SQL Thu/Fri 09-10 May 2024 09-10 May 2 Online £950 Book places
Fast track SQL Mon/Wed 13-15 May 2024 13-15 May 3 Online £1,295 Book places
SQL in Azure Data Studio Thu/Fri 16-17 May 2024 16-17 May 2 Online £825 Book places
Advanced SQL Tue/Wed 21-22 May 2024 21-22 May 2 London £1,450 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 SQL training at your offices (we'll even provide the computers and projector).

About our SQL training

Not only do we train on SQL, but we use it too!  Our systems are powered by SQL Server.  At the time of writing, these use the following objects, for example:

What Tables Stored procedures
External website 120 122
Internal site (intranet) 128 163

So we definitely practise what we preach!  We're also big believers in teaching you not just how to write SQL, but how to write good SQL, following our own internal SQL coding standards.

Other SQL training resources

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

Try our SQL exercises

You can get a good flavour of what a Wise Owl SQL course would be like by having a look at one or two of the following exercises.

Blogs on SQL

For insights and education on writing SQL, have a browse through some of these blogs.

Videos on SQL

We've got over 30 videos to help you learn how to write SQL.

Shorts on SQL

We've published the following short videos on learning and using SQL.

SQL training venues

We run our SQL training classes in the following venues.

SQL courseware manuals

Test your SQL skills

Not sure what your SQL skills are like? Try doing our online test.

SQL consultancy

If you can't invest the time to learn to write SQL, why not let our SQL gurus to do it for you?

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