Over the last month, I think I've answered the same question about half a dozen times: "Where can I get Power BI training". Normally, if I get asked the same question just twice it's enough of a hint for me to write a blog post, and point people towards it, but as you'll have noticed, I've not had much of a chance to blog for a while...because I've been answering questions...which means I haven't been able to write blog posts with answers...okay, let me stop the infinite loop.
The "Where can I get some Power BI training?" question is coming up because many schools\universities are starting to actively look at their data in new ways, and they are coming to me because I'm probably the #1 Power BI Q&A fan in Australia.
So, here's my best current answer to the "Where can I get Power BI training" question:
Where to get free Power BI training in Australia
- I learnt most of what I know through the online course in the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Although that course is out of date now, I can heartily recommend the free Power BI course that is on edX now. I started it, but realised it duplicated much of what had already been covered in the MVA course – and despite the promise of an edX certificate at the end, I decided not to continue.
The course is called “Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI”, and covers bringing in data from different sources to a Power BI data model, and then creating reports and visualisations.
It's free, online, and self-paced. What's not to love?
- There are a series of short topic learning resources on the Power BI website, including sections on getting data, modelling and visualisations. These are more like ‘learning snacks’ than courses. They are all at https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/guided-learning/
- There are Power BI user groups getting going around Australia. We’re encouraging Power BI user groups around the world, and there are currently four active ones in Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth - with the 5th getting started now in Adelaide! Although these user groups aren’t specifically focused on education scenarios, they do provide a great connection to other users who are starting their journey.
Where to get paid Power BI training in Australia
For paid training, there are a number of commercial training providers offering Power BI courses (and I'm finding that list is growing every week - so let me know if I've missed anybody!)
- Bitwise Solutions has four courses targeting four different Power BI roles: Data Consumer, Business User, Business Analyst and Developer. Written and presented by Peter Myers—a Microsoft Data Platform MVP since 2007—these courses are offered on a classroom basis in any city, and can be customised to meet your specific training needs. (These courses are delivered for a single organisation, so it's the chance to get a group of colleagues in a room making the same learning journey, or bringing a consortia of schools together for)
- SQLDownUnder offer a series of one-day courses on various Power BI topics, in Melbourne and Sydney
- Data#3 have courses coming up almost every month - email Gary Grant for details
- Excelerator BI - Matt Allington is a BI consultant, trainer and author of BI books, and has been working with DAX (a technical query language that we've enabled in Power BI) since the days of Power Pivot in Excel. His training is aimed at people who've traditionally done their analysis in Excel, and want to move up to the next level through Power BI. In the next few months he has courses running in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
- Access Analytic run a range of Power BI courses in Perth
- CMBI Training in Sydney offer courses, and have some cool samples using Australian Government Data on their site to tempt you
I'd be really happy to add more free or paid training options this page, if you know of any (or you're a trainer and you've got a course coming up to promote!)