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The different Wise Owl courses for Reporting Services explained

You can see our SSRS courses, manuals, exercises, venues and much more at our main Reporting Services training courses page.  This page shows what you might expect to learn on our two main SSRS scheduled courses:



Introduction to SSRS

A two-day course showing you how to create reports in SQL Server Reporting Services.

Advanced SSRS

A two-day advanced course, showing people who already know SSRS some extra tips and tricks (and in particular how to create custom assemblies in code, and how to link to them).

We also publish an intensive fast-track SSRS course, which covers all of the introduction course topics and most of the advanced ones in a single three-day course.

Creating tables

On the introduction to SSRS course you'll first learn how to create tabular reports:

A simple table

A simple table, listing directors of films.


Grouping tables

The introductory course then shows how to create grouped reports, including using outlining:

Grouping report

A report showing films by country, with toggle items for the country name.



The introductory course then shows how to create expressions or formulae in SSRS:

Report with expressions and page header/footer

The difference is a calculated field, and the page header and footer include expressions.


One particularly nice feature shown on the introductory course is the ability to use the render format to show a report as an Excel workbook of separate named worksheets, with one sheet per group (for example, you could have each director's films on a separate worksheet within the same workbook).


The introductory course shows how to create parameters (including dropdowns):

A linked dropdown report

In this report you can choose any combination of directors using the multivalue dropdown, then choose a film and see its cast list.

Our advanced SSRS course shows how to create multi-value dropdowns based on stored procedures.


Our introductory course then covers creating indicators and gauges:

Indicators in a report

Indicators are cool! Here they show the relative length of different films.



The introduction course also shows how to create matrices (aka pivot tables):

Matrix example

A matrix showing the mean lengths of films by country and certificate.


Lists in SSRS are cousins of tables and matrices, and are covered on most introduction courses:

List report

This list shows a table of the films made by each director, and also a chart.



Subreports allow you to show parents and children together, and are included at the end of most introduction courses:

A subreport

The subreport shows the films made by each director.


Advanced SSRS training

Our two-day advanced Reporting Services course covers:

  • how to use stored procedures for reports (particularly for dropdown parameters)

  • using variables in reports

  • using bookmarks and document maps

  • creating dynamic reports

As one example to whet your appetite, here's a dynamic chart:

Dynamic chart

You can choose what you want to chart using a dropdown! Here we're comparing the length of films by country.

If neither course is exactly what you're looking for, ask us about onsite SSRS training, or our SSRS report development service.

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