MCSA: BI Reporting


This five-day course combines Microsoft Course 20778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI and Course 20779: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Excel giving the student the opportunity to earn the MCSA: BI Reporting Certification.

The MCSA: BI Reporting Certification is the first step to becoming a Data Management and Analytics Microsoft Certified Expert (MCSE).  By completing this course and gaining the associated certifications you are demonstrating your expertise in analyzing data with both Power BI and Excel.

Potential students that would be interested in this course are:

  • SQL Server Report creators who and interested in alternate methods of presenting data
  • Beginning and experienced programmers who have at least 3 months of programming experience and have basic Windows skills.
  • IT professionals that are responsible for analyzing data with Excel

After completing this course, Students are able to:

  • Perform Power BI desktop data transformation
  • Describe Power BI Desktop Visualization
  • Implement the Power BI service
  • Describe how to connect to Excel data
  • Describe how to collaborate with Power BI data
  • Connect directly to data stores
  • How to explore and extend a classic Excel dashboard
  • How to explore and extend an Excel data model
  • Pre-format and import a.CSV file
  • Import data from a SQL Server database
  • Import data from a report
  • Create measures using advanced DAX functions
  • Create data visualizations in Excel
  • Create a Power BI dashboard with Excel


It is recommended that prior to attending this course, student have:

  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality
  • Good knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, functions, and charts
  • Working knowledge of relational databases
  • Excellent knowledge of relational databases and reporting
  • Some basic knowledge of data warehouse schema topology (including star and snowflake schemas)
  • Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching).
  • An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications-Particularly Excel  
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